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Legislation and requirements

The Commission is a corporate Commonwealth entity of the Australian Government, accountable to the Australian Parliament and the Australian Government Minister for Health. The Commission’s principal legislative basis is the National Health Reform Act 2011, which sets out the Commission’s purpose, powers, functions, and administrative and operational arrangements. The National Health Reform Act 2011 also sets out the Commission’s Constitution, the process for appointing members of the Board and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and the operation of Board meetings.

The Commission must fulfil the requirements of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013, which regulates certain aspects of the financial affairs of Commonwealth entities; their obligations relating to financial and performance reporting, accountability, banking and investment; and the conduct of their accountable authorities and officials.