The $5 Billion HHF was established on 1 January 2009 by the Australian Government as part of its broader nation-building infrastructure program.
The HHF is guided by legislation under the Nation-building Funds Act 2008.
The objectives of the HHF, while not replacing State and Territory effort, are to:
- invest in major health infrastructure programs that will make significant progress towards achieving the Commonwealth’s health reform targets; and
- make strategic investments in the health system that will underpin major improvements in efficiency, access or outcomes of health care.
Four funding rounds of the HHF have been conducted.
Round One: Health and Hospitals FundAs part of the 2009-10 Federal Budget, a $3.2 billion nation-building package of HHF projects covering three critical areas was announced. These included:
- $1.3 billion towards building a world class cancer care system;
- $1.5 billion towards building a hospital system for the future and to undertake other projects of national significance; and
- $430.3 million towards medical research and workforce infrastructure to improve the transfer of research outcomes into patient care.
A list of the projects funded under Round One of the Health and Hospitals Fund Projects:
Summary of Health and Hospitals Fund Projects August 2010 (PDF 16 KB).
The Summary of Health and Hospitals Fund Projects August 2010 can also be viewed as a web page.
Round Two: Regional Cancer Centres
As part of the $1.3 billion provided to build a world class cancer care system, $556 million was committed in the 2009-10 Budget to establish a network of best practice regional cancer centres and associated accommodation facilities.
The aim of the Regional Cancer Centres initiative is to help improve access and support for cancer patients in rural, regional and remote Australia, and to help close the gap in cancer outcomes between the city and the country.
The 21 regional cancer centre projects approved under HHF Round Two form the core of the Australia-wide network of 26 regional cancer centres and associated accommodation facilities – a network that is making a huge difference to cancer patients and their families across regional Australia.
The 26 regional cancer centre and associated accommodation projects include:
- 21 projects approved under HHF Round Two;
- 2 additional projects approved under HHF Round Three;
- 1 additional project approved under HHF Round Four; and
- 2 non-HHF projects: the Alan Walker Cancer Centre in Darwin, which opened in 2010, and the Springfield Cancer Care Centre in Ipswich, QLD.
Please find a list of all 26 regional cancer centre projects and their approximate catchments available as a PDF file or as a web page:
Summary of Regional Cancer Centre Projects August 2013 (PDF 435 KB)
The Summary of Regional Cancer Centre Projects August 2013 can be viewed as a web page, along with maps showing the locations of all Regional Cancer Centre projects, their satellite projects and catchment areas.
Round Three: 2010 Regional Priority Round
On 30 September 2010, the Australian Government opened a third funding round under the HHF – the 2010 Regional Priority Round – with $1.8 billion available for health infrastructure projects to improve access to essential health services for Australians living in rural, regional and remote areas.
The aim of the funding round is to assist regional communities in the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) Remoteness Areas (RA) 2 to 5 by providing upgrades to regional health infrastructure, expansions to regional hospitals, and support for clinical training capacity in regional hospitals.
This resulted in $1.3 billion being allocated in the 2011-12 Budget for sixty-three projects that will help to close the gap in health outcomes between major metropolitan and regional areas of Australia.
The Round Three: 2010 Regional Priority Round projects can be viewed as a web page..
Round Four: 2011 Regional Priority Round
As part of the $1.8 billion available for health infrastructure projects to improve access to essential health services for Australians living in rural, regional and remote areas, $475 million was announced in the 2011-12 Budget for a second HHF funding round targeting regional infrastructure development.
Following a competitive assessment process, 76 projects have been allocated funding through the 2012-13 Budget. These projects will help further close the gap in health outcomes between major metropolitan and regional areas of Australia by expanding and upgrading rural hospitals and health centres, expanding clinical training capacity to deliver more health professionals to regional areas, and delivering new and expanded health services including mental health, dental health and chronic disease management.
The funding will benefit a number of regions across Australia – from inner regional locations such as Wodonga, to remote and very remote areas including the Pilbara and Kimberley regions, the Pitjantjatjara Lands and Cape York.
A list of the funded projects is available here: Round Four: 2011 Regional Priority Round projects (PDF 17 KB).
The Round Four: 2011 Regional Priority Round projects can also be viewed as a web page.
Further information is available at the Commonwealth Budget website.
HHF Advisory Board
Under the Nation-building Funds Act 2008, all health infrastructure spending proposals need to be assessed by an independent, expert advisory board appointed by the Minister for Health and Ageing.
The role of the HHF Advisory Board is to advise the Minister whether proposals for funding through the HHF satisfy the HHF Evaluation Criteria (PDF 29 KB), having regard to guidelines issued by the Minister. In providing this advice, the Advisory Board may also:
- identify proposals which, due to the potential benefits to the nation of the project, need more work in order to meet the Evaluation Criteria; and
- identify conditions that need to be met for the proposal to satisfy the Evaluation Criteria.
The HHF Evaluation Criteria can also be viewed as a web page.
The Advisory Board members are:
- Ms Patricia Faulkner AO (Chair)
- Ms Jane Halton PSM (ex-officio)
- Professor Stephen Leeder AO
- Professor Cindy Shannon
- Professor John Wakerman
- Mr Bruce Warner
Evaluation of the HHF
The department engaged PricewaterhouseCoopers to undertake an evaluation of the HHF. This work was completed on 30 June 2014.
HHF Evaluation Report (PDF 806 KB)
HHF Evaluation Report (Word 706 KB)
HHF Evaluation Summary (PDF 187 KB)
HHF Evaluation Summary (Word 306 KB)
Please contact HHF for further information about the HHF.