Flexible Funds

Funding the nation’s health priorities

Page last updated: 20 October 2015

In 2011, flexible Funds were created to provide a new flexible way to fund many of the nation’s health priorities.

Funds overview

As part of this process, 159 health and ageing programs were consolidated within 18 larger, flexible Funds* with a further six programs transferred from the department to the portfolio agencies of Cancer Australia and the National Health and Medical Research Council.

The creation of the Funds will, over time, reduce red tape, increase flexibility and more efficiently provide evidence based funding for the delivery of better health outcomes in the community.

*16 Funds now remain with Health following Machinery of Government changes in December 2013 (two funds, Aged Care Workforce Fund and Aged Care Service Improvement and Healthy Ageing Grants Fund, transferred to the Department of Social Services).

Flexible Funds

Communicable Disease Prevention and Service Improvement Grants Fund
Chronic Disease Prevention and Service Improvement Fund
Health Protection Fund
Health Social Surveys Fund
Health Surveillance Fund
Health System Capacity Development Fund
Health Workforce Fund
Indemnity Insurance Fund
Practice Incentives for General Practices Fund
Quality Use of Diagnostics, Therapeutics and Pathology Fund
Regionally tailored primary care initiatives through Medicare Locals Fund
Rural Health Outreach Fund
Single Point of Contact for Health Information, Advice and Counselling Fund
Substance Misuse Prevention and Service Improvement Grants Fund
Substance Misuse Service Delivery Grants Fund