National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health

The National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health (NPAPH) was announced by the Council of Australian Government (COAG) on 29 November 2008. On 28 June 2012, the NPAPH was extended by three years to June 2018.

Page last updated: 02 December 2013

The NPAPH provides up to $932.5 million over nine years from 2009-10.

This partnership agreement aims to address the rising prevalence of lifestyle related chronic disease by laying the foundations for healthy behaviours in the daily lives of Australians through settings such as communities, early childhood education and care environments, schools and workplaces, supported by national social marketing campaigns (MeasureUp and an anti-smoking campaign).

A key feature of the NPAPH is the establishment of infrastructure required to monitor and evaluate the progress of interventions. This includes the establishment of a landmark Australian National Preventive Health Agency. The Agency supports the development of evidence and data on the state of preventive health in Australia and the effectiveness of preventative health intervention.

PDF printable versions of the NPAPH, its subsequent variation and the Implementation Overview are available on the Federal Financial Relations website.

The Prevention NP consists of 11 initiatives. More details about each initiative are available below.

  1. Healthy Communities
  2. Healthy Children
  3. Healthy Workers
  4. Industry Partnership
  5. Social Marketing – MeasureUp
  6. Social Marketing – Tobacco
  7. The Australian Health Survey
  8. Enhanced State and Territory Surveillance
  9. Workforce Audit and Strategy
  10. Australian National Preventive Health Agency and Research Fund
  11. Eating Disorders Collaboration

Healthy Communities

($71.8 million from 2009–10 to 2013–2014)
  • This initiative supports the targeted, progressive roll out of community-based healthy lifestyle programs that facilitate increased access to physical activity, healthy eating and healthy weight activities for disadvantaged groups and those not predominately in the paid workforce. Under this initiative the Commonwealth administers funding to 92 local government organisations across Australia. These localities are supported by National Programs that deliver proven and effective healthy lifestyle programs in every state and territory. The Commonwealth has also established a quality framework and a web-based registration portal to assist local government grant recipients, and other communities, in gaining access to effective healthy lifestyle interventions.
For more information, go to A Healthy and Active Australia Website.


Healthy Children

($244.4 million from 2011–12 to 2017–18)
  • This initiative is providing $244.4 million in funding over seven years (from 2011-12 to 2017-18) to the states and territories to implement programs and activities that promote greater levels of physical activity and better nutrition in children. Programs and activities will be delivered in settings such as early childhood education and care centres, preschools, schools,and multi-disciplinary service sites; and will be targeted to children and young people aged from birth to 16 years of age.
  • Funding has been allocated to specific activities which are detailed in state and territory implementation plans. These plans, which include local contact details for programs, can be accessed at: Federal Financial Relations website.


Healthy Workers

($221.8 million from 2009–10 to 2017–18)
  • The Healthy Workers initiative is providing $221.8 million in funding for health promotion in workplaces that focus on decreasing rates of overweight and obesity, increasing levels of physical activity and intake of fruit and vegetables, smoking cessation and reducing harmful levels of alcohol consumption. Of this amount, $216.8 million will be provided over seven years (from 2011-12 to 2017-18) to state and territory governments to support health promotion activities in workplaces.
  • Funding for Healthy Workers has been allocated to specific activities which are detailed in state and territory implementation plans. These plans, which include local contact details for activities, can be accessed at: Federal Financial Relations website.
  • The remaining $5.0 million is being used by the Australian Government to develop ‘soft infrastructure’ to support the implementation of state and territory activities at both a local and national level. This infrastructure includes the national Healthy Workers Portal which went live in October 2012 (available at: Healthy Workers initiative website), the Joint Statement of Commitment: Promoting Good Health at Work, a quality framework and registration web site for workplace health programs. In addition, national awards for employers demonstrating best practice in workplace health programs are being delivered by the Australian National Preventive Health Agency.
For more information go to Healthy Workers initiative website, or contact Healthy Workers.
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Reward Payments

($153.8 million from 2016-17 to 2017-18)
  • States and territories are eligible to receive up to $153.8 million as reward for attainment of agreed performance benchmarks covering :
    • children and adults at healthy body weight;
    • children and adults meeting the national guidelines for fruit and vegetable consumption;
    • children and adults meeting the national guidelines for physical activity; and
    • Australians smoking daily.

Industry Partnership

($1.0 million from 2009–10 to 2012–2013)
  • This initiative will develop and support partnerships between Governments and various relevant industry sectors with a focus on the food industry to encourage changes in their policies and practices to promote healthy living. The Commonwealth is managing the implementation of this initiative in consultation with the states and territories.
  • Principles to guide government engagement with industry have been agreed, a series of food innovation workshops have been held and a Food Composition Data Base (FCDB) pilot has been completed. In accordance with the findings of the pilot implementation study which investigated the feasibility of developing a food composition database based on data provided from GS1net, the Department recently commenced negotiations with Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) to begin scoping, planning and design activities to inform the development of the database using Harvest as its platform.For more information, contact Nutrition.


Social Marketing

($151.5 million from 2009–10 to 2015–2016)

MeasureUp

($48.5 million from 2009-10 to 2012-13)
  • Activities under the campaign aim to raise awareness of healthy lifestyle choices, focusing on the importance of physical activity and nutrition, as well as the link between lifestyle behaviours and the risk of some chronic disease. The Australian National Preventive Health Agency manages and coordinates a national integrated program of social marketing activity ($30.5 million), whilst the states and territories have delivered a program of activities at the local level that reinforce and extend the national campaign messages ($18.0 million).
For more information see Measure Up Website or contact Measureup.

Tobacco

($103.0 million from 2009–10 to 2015–2016)
  • This initiative provides funding for national level social marketing activities focusing on smoking in order to lay the foundations for healthy behaviours in the daily lives of Australians and address the rising prevalence of smoking related chronic diseases. The Australian National Preventive Health Agency administers these funds in consultation with the states and territories, who have committed to fund local level activities to support the national activities.
For more information see Quit Now Website or contact Quitnow.

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Enabling Infrastructure

($88.3 million from 2009–10 to 2015–16)

The Australian Health Survey

($15.0 million from 2009-10 to 2012-13)
  • Funding to collect essential population health data including dietary intake, nutritional status, physical activity levels and prevalence of chronic disease risk factors. Funding was initially provided through the National Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey Program which was expected to focus only on adults, however, this additional COAG funding will enable the Survey Program to be expanded to cover children from two years and over, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and include biomedical measures.
  • The Australian Bureau of Statistics in close consultation with the Department of Health has collected the data through the Australian Health Survey. The survey commenced in the general population on 6 March 2011 and was completed in June 2012. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wave of the survey commenced in the field in May 2012 and was completed in July 2013.
  • Further information about the Australian Health Survey is available from the Australian Bureau of Statistics website or at Nutrition Monitoring of Public Health Nutrition (link to Nutrition and Healthy Eating Information at Department of Health Website).
For more information, contact the PHD Frontdesk.


Enhanced State and Territory Surveillance

($10.0 million from 2010-11 to 2012-13)
  • This initiative provided funding for the implementation of a jurisdictional based system of health, nutrition and physical activity monitoring surveys. The states and territories are required to collect and report on the agreed performance benchmarks within the NPAPH and implement surveillance systems using the nationally agreed framework for measurement.
For more information, contact the PHD Frontdesk.


Australian National Preventive Health Agency

($46.7 million from 2009-10 to 2015-16)

The Australian National Preventive Health Agency commenced operation on 1 January 2011.

The establishment of the Agency is a key element of the COAG agreed National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health. The Agency assists in driving the prevention agenda, including by:
  • providing evidence-based advice to health Ministers;
  • supporting the development of evidence and data on the state of preventive health in Australia and the effectiveness of preventative health interventions; and
  • putting in place national guidelines and standards to guide preventative health activities.
The Agency is responsible for a number of programs outlined in the Agreement including:
  • two national social marketing programs relating to tobacco use and obesity;
  • managing the Preventive Health Research Fund focusing on translational research; and
  • managing the development of a National Preventive Health Workforce Strategy in partnership with Health Workforce Australia.
The Agency’s Strategic Plan 2011 – 2015 may be found at: Australian National Preventive Health Agency Website.

For more information, contact the Australian National Preventive Health Agency or refer to Australian National Preventive Health Agency Website.


Preventive Health Research Fund

($13.1 million from 2010-11 to 2012-13)
  • The Australian National Preventive Health Agency administers the Preventive Health Research Fund (research fund). The research fund is focussed on translational research.
  • Activities under the research fund include an investigator-driven research round (2011-2012), funding as a partner with the NHMRC and others for the Partnership Centre Systems perspectives on preventing lifestyle-related chronic health problems, the National Evaluation of the National Partnership Agreement for Preventive Health, and the development of a national research strategy.
For more information, contact the Australian National Preventive Health Agency or refer to Australian National Preventive Health Agency Website.


Workforce Audit and Strategy

($0.5 million from 2009-10 to 2010-11)
  • This initiative aims to identify the workforce required to deliver the settings-based initiatives funded through the NPAPH (Healthy Workers, Healthy Children and Healthy Communities) and propose options to ensure sufficient capacity within the sector to support the roll out of activities and programs. The Australian National Preventive Health Agency manages this initiative.
For more information, contact the Australian National Preventive Health Agency or refer to Australian National Preventive Health Agency Website.


National Eating Disorders Collaboration

($3.0 million from 2009-10 to 2012-13)
  • The National Eating Disorders Collaboration (the Collaboration) is funded to facilitate the implementation of a nationally consistent and comprehensive approach to promotion and prevention, early intervention and management of eating disorders. The Collaboration brings together experts in the field of research, education, health promotion, public health and mental health, as well as the media, to progress a coordinated national approach to eating disorders and provide information to adolescents, schools, health providers and the media. The Commonwealth will administer the funds for this initiative.

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