Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework monitors progress in Indigenous Australian health outcomes, health system performance and broader determinants of health.

Page last updated: 30 May 2017

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework (HPF) was developed to support a comprehensive and coordinated effort across and beyond the health sector to address the complex and interrelated factors that contribute to health outcomes experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

The biennial HPF report is the authoritative evidence base for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health policy and is well recognised for its innovative approach to combining evidence from national data collections and research literature with policy analysis. The HPF report presents a high level summary of data and policy analysis for 68 performance measures across three tiers:

  • Health status and outcomes
  • Determinants of health, including socioeconomic and behavioural factors
  • Health system performance.

Evidence from the 2017 HPF report is being used to monitor progress towards achieving the Council of Australian Government (COAG) targets for Closing the Gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes (and the factors underpinning these), as well as the implementation of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan.

The reports are auspiced by the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC), which includes representatives from all jurisdictions. Content is developed and coordinated by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in consultation with the Department of Health.

For each HFP report, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has published detailed analyses of the data. The analysis for the 2017 report is available on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework data web page on the AIHW site.

Current Report

2017 Report

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2017 Report

Publication abstract

The HPF 2017 Report is the sixth biennial report; it shows encouraging improvements in aspects of health, including a decline in the overall health burden among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. However, it also shows that concerning health gaps remain between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

The report was released on 30 May 2017 and can be accessed on the Prime Minister and Cabinet website








Previous Reports

2014 Report

Front cover Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2014 report. Predominate colours are burnt orange basket weave pattern at the top of the page with deep purple background and creation spirit artwork at the bottom of the page.

Publication abstract

The HPF 2014 Report is the fifth biennial report against this HPF, and shows that there have been improvements in some aspects of health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, while other aspects remain of concern.

The report was released on 9 June 2015 and can be accessed on the Prime Minister and Cabinet website







2012 Report

Front cover Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2012 publication. Predominate colours are burnt orange at the top of the page with basket weave image at the bottom of the page over-lapped by 3 images of indigenous people.

Publication abstract

This is the fourth report against the HPF and the first report based on the revisions to the framework, endorsed by AHMAC in 2011.

PDF version: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework report 2012 PDF 6435 KB
Online version: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2012 report

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2012 report: detailed analyses






2010 Report

Front cover Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2010 publication.  Predominate colours are white at the top of the page with deep purple at the bottom of the page.  There are 3 images in a circle shape of indigenous people.

Publication abstract

This is the third report against the HPF.

PDF version: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2010 report PDF 4380 KB
Online version: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2010 report

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2010 report: detailed analyses






2008 Reports

Front cover Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2008 publication. Predominate colours are white at the top of the page with turquoise at the bottom of the page.  There are 3 images in a circle shape of indigenous people.

Publication abstract

This is the second report against the HPF covering 71 measures across three domains.

The 2008 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework report and associated information have been archived (under the National Library of Australian’s site)









2006 Reports

Front cover Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2006 publication. Predominate colours are white at the top of the page with burnt orange at the bottom of the page.  There are 3 images in a circle shape of indigenous people.

Publication abstract

This is the first report against the HPF and it reports against 64 of the 70 measures (a small number of measures require further development).

The 2006 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework report and associated information have been archived (under the National Library of Australian’s site)








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