The results of the checklist used to assess the extent to which implementation aligned with the regulatory requirements and guidelines associated with sound public administration demonstrate evidence of compliance with most aspects specified in the Commonwealth Grant Guidelines Policies and Principles for Grants Administration.21 Areas of compliance where there were issues of uncertainty related to measurement of performance and outcomes in relation to the operations aspect of the GP Super Clinics Program.
The establishment aspect of the GP Super Clinics Program 2007-2008 required reporting of milestones relevant to the phases of construction and associated funding. These were reported in Project Plans, Funding Agreements and Deeds of Variation.
In the operations aspect, the GP Super Clinics are expected to report on their activities toward achieving the objectives of the GP Super Clinics Program. These objectives are broad, contain multiple concepts and at this stage, lack the development of specific indicators against which their achievement can be measured. Key performance indicators for the GP Super Clinics are currently under consideration and should inform a better understanding of the achievement of the GP Super Clinics Program.
At a minimum, senior managers of the GP Super Clinics are expected to provide two-monthly reports on services provided by the multi-disciplinary workforce of their clinic. In addition, they are also expected to report three times a year on progress towards achieving the ten GP Super Clinics Program objectives, as well as an annual report examining the activity of each Clinic over the previous 12 months, and proposing plans for the upcoming 12 months. Under the funding agreement with the Australian Government each GP Super Clinic has a designated use period of 20 years from commencement of operations. This necessitates long term program management for twenty years from the time of commencement of operations of the last of the GP Super Clinics to begin providing services. The role of the Department of Health and Ageing over this period will continue to focus on how the GP Super Clinics are delivering services to achieve the GP Super Clinic Program Objectives.
21Commonwealth Grant Guidelines: Policies and Principles for Grants Administration. Canberra: Department of Finance and Derugulation 2009.