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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 6 Hansard (22 June) . . Page.. 1757 ..

Ownership Agreements

(Question No. 166)

Mr Stanhope

asked the Minister for Health and Community Care, upon notice, on 4 May 1999:

In relation to ownership agreements:

In relation to ownership agreements can the Minister advise me

(1) Have service providers (including their individual divisions) contracted to the

Department of Health and Community Care specifically

The Canberra Hospital

ACT Community Care

Calvary Hospital Public Division and

related non-government organisations

met their targeted objectives, both financial and otherwise, thus far, as listed in their individual ownership agreements.

(2) What objectives have not been met and by whom.

Mr Moore

: The answer to the Member's question is:

It is assumed that Mr Stanhope means Purchase Agreements between the Department of Health and Community Care and various service providers (government and non-government) and not Ownership Agreements. The latter which relate to Government's ownership interests in ACT public sector entities are agreements between the Treasurer and the entity concerned.

(1) The Department enters into Purchase Agreements with service providers on

the basis of volume, price and quality. Contract periods are generally for one

year although the Department will be moving to three year contracts for a

number of non-government organisations from 1999/2000.

For the most part, performance measures are expressed as annual targets - Purchase Agreements do not stipulate monthly or quarterly targets, financial or otherwise.

In monitoring the performance of organisations throughout the year, the Department may well rely on comparison against pro-rata financial and output projections as a means of gauging the likely full year outcomes for an organisation.

The Legislative Assembly has for some time received significant information on the delivery of health and community care services' outputs.

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