National Clinical Quality Registry Program

The Australian Government is investing $40 million over 4 years to establish a National Clinical Quality Registry Program.

Latest news

The Stream 1 funding opportunity is now open on AusTender. Applications will close 2.00 pm Monday 20 May 2024

Also visit the ‘Apply for funding’ section below. 

Our latest communique is now available. Please contact CQRpolicy@health.gov.au if you would like to join our mailing list. 

The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Innovative Trials Grant Opportunity is now open. It includes projects that conduct registry-based randomised controlled trials. See  Grant Connect for more information.

About the program

Clinical quality registries (CQRs) are organisations that monitor the quality of health care by collecting information from patients who undergo certain medical procedures.

The program will support CQRs to:

  • track the safety and performance of treatments and devices
  • improve performance reporting for clinicians and hospitals.

It will also support the implementation of the National Strategy for Clinical Quality Registries and Virtual Registries 2020–2030

Who we work with

We will work with the:

  • CQR sector, including clinicians and consumers
  • states and territories
  • Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.

The commission has also developed the Framework for Australian clinical quality registries and hosts the Australian Register of Clinical Registries.

Learn more about the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.

Funding

The 4-year program will fund CQRs in 3 ways:

1. Funding support for existing national CQRs

Ten existing national CQRs will continue to receive funding support:

2. New funding streams for national CQRs

Stream 1

Stream 1 will provide funding support for a small number of additional high-priority, national CQRs. These will be selected via a competitive application process on AusTender.

The definition for ‘high priority’ is set out in the published Stream 1 Approach to Market documents available on AusTender.

Please refer to AusTender to see the published Approach to Market documents for Stream 1.

Stream 2 

Stream 2 will provide grant funding for short-term projects that help boost CQR capacity. 

We will include the timing, scope, and eligibility criteria for each project opportunity in the published documents on Grant Connect at the time of release.

3. Strategy activities

The program will fund selected activities that support the continued implementation of the National Strategy for Clinical Quality Registries and Virtual Registries 2020–2030. We will include the timing, scope, and eligibility criteria for each strategy activity opportunity in the published documents on AusTender at the time of release.

The first opportunities were released in September and October 2023. The outcomes are listed below, and three new projects are now underway. See further details in our latest Communique and on AusTender.

ProviderProject DescriptionType
South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute LimitedDeveloping CQR tools and resources specifically for consumersOpen tender
Monash UniversityCreating best practice guidelines for registry-based trialsOpen tender
South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute LimitedExpanding CQR best practice and registry science capabilityLimited tender

Apply for funding

The Stream 1 funding opportunity is now open on AusTender. Applications will close 2.00 pm Monday 20 May 2024 

You can apply for:

Please register on AusTender and Grant Connect to hear when we publish new opportunities.

The following key words/phrases may help you when registering your interest or when searching for opportunities:

  • Clinical Quality Registry
  • CQR
  • National Clinical Quality Registry Program

You can visit the AusTender help page or the Grant Connect help page for more information on how to register.

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Contact

National Clinical Quality Registry Program contact

The Australian Government is investing $40 million over 4 years to establish a National Clinical Quality Registry Program. Contact us for information on the program.
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