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Our performance

Results against performance measures

In 2018–19, we met 18 of our 21 performance measures, partially met another 2 and did not meet 1 measure (Table 1.1). A summary of these results is provided in Table 1.2, with details in Table 1.3.

Table 1.1: Status of performance measure achievement by strategic goal category

Strategic goal

Number of measures

Met

Partially met

Not met

Leaders in health and welfare data

6

5

1

0

Drivers of data improvement

1

1

0

0

Expert sources of value-added analysis

7

6

0

1

Champions for open and accessible data and information

3

3

0

0

Trusted strategic partners

4

3

1

0

Total

21

18

2

1

Table 1.2: Summary of results against performance measures

Performance measures

Results

Release of products by 30 June 2019 relating to 8 specified topics

Partially met

Release a range of data and information products relevant to key policy areas:

  • 181 products released
  • ≥71% statistical products relating to annual national collections for which data are reported less than 1 year after the end of their data collection period

Met

Supply data for performance indicators in the COAG national agreements on health care and Indigenous reform by 30 June 2019

Met

Supply data to timetables required for the Review of Government Service Provision’s Report on Government Services 2019 volumes on health, housing and homelessness, and community services

Met

Release products relating to local-level health performance indicators by 30 June 2019

Met

Add new data assets by 30 June 2019

Met

Release products presenting the results of linked data from 3 national cancer screening programs by 30 June 2019

Met

Complete the second of 3 work phases to improve storage, accessibility and analysis of locational data in AIHW data holdings

Met

Release a replacement of the METeOR by 30 June 2019

Not met

Establish the National Integrated Health Services Information Analysis Asset (NIHSI AA)

Met

Demonstrate, as case studies, AIHW contributions shown externally in 2018–19 of improved reporting of population or service-related health and welfare outcomes

Met

Disseminate AIHW analysis publicly through our website and the media:

  • 3.6 million sessions on the AIHW website
  • 4,600 references to the AIHW and its products in the media

Met

Continually improve the AIHW website and the provision of data, including that currently presented on the MyHealthyCommunities website

Met

Complete 60 data linkage projects as agreed under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy 2013

Met

Release 95 statistical products that include data in a manipulable forma

Met

Work with the ABS towards the Coordination of Health Care Study to continue with the release of a range of products including Hospital and Emergency Department Services data by 30 June 2019

Partially met

Release products by 30 June 2019 relating to under-identification of Indigenous people in key data sets

Met

Improve data in at least 1 subject area where there is a demonstrable data gap; for example, primary health care or disability

Met

Participate in and administer new health committees, as determined by the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC)

Met

Table 1.3: Details of results against performance measures

A. Leaders in health and welfare data

Measure

Release a range of data and information products relevant to key policy areas

Source of criterion

2018–19 Health Portfolio Budget Statements, page 223

Corporate Plan 2018–19 to 2021–22, page 17

Result

Partially met—Housing assistance in Australia was not released during the reporting period due to quality assurance processes resulting in a short delay in the production. The report was released on 18 July 2019. Data for this product was included in the Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services 2019 released on 22 January 2019.

Release of the following products by 30 June 2019 relating to:

Release date:

Health expenditure in 2016–17

28 September 2018

Admitted patient care in 2017–18

23 May 2019

Residential and community mental health services in 2016–17

11 October 2018

Disability support services in 2017–18

28 May 2019

Youth justice in 2017–18

10 May 2019

Child protection in 2017–18

8 March 2019

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identification in key health data collections

24 June 2019

Housing assistance in Australia

18 July 2019 (see 'Results' for comments)

National Social Housing Survey

27 February 2019

See Appendix 1 for publication titles.

Measure

Assist reporting of, or report on, nationally agreed performance indicators

Source of criterion

2018–19 Health Portfolio Budget Statements, page 223

Result

Met

Supply data for performance indicators in Council of Australian Governments (COAG) national agreements on health care and Indigenous reform by 30 June 2019

Data provided in accordance with agreed timeframes.

Measure

Assist reporting of, or report on, nationally- agreed performance indicators

Source of criterion

2018–19 Health Portfolio Budget Statements, page 223

Result

Met

Supply data to timetables required for the Review of Government Service Provision’s Report on Government Services 2019 volumes on health, housing and homelessness, and community services

Data provided in accordance with timeframes agreed with the Productivity Commission.

Measure

Assist reporting of, or report on, nationally- agreed performance indicators

Source of criterion

2018–19 Health Portfolio Budget Statements, page 223

Result

Met

Release products relating to local level health performance indicators by 30 June 2019

Patients’ out-of-pocket spending on Medicare services, 2016–17 was released on 16 August 2018

Potentially preventable hospitalisations in Australia by small geographic areas and age groups, 2016–17 was released on 31 October 2018 and a web-update released on 4 February 2019.

Measure

Release a range of data and information products relevant to key policy areas

Source of criterion

2018–19 Health Portfolio Budget Statements, page 224

Result

Met

≥71% statistical products relating to annual national collections for which data are reported less than 1 year after the end of their data collection period

71% (15 out of 21 national collections). Data were not reported for the following annual national collections <1 year after the end of their data collection period:

  • BreastScreen Australia monitoring report
  • Cervical screening in Australia
  • Health expenditure Australia
  • Mental health services in Australia online: Community Mental Health
  • Mental health services in Australia online: Residential Mental Health Care
  • Housing assistance in Australia.

We continue to work with stakeholders to reduce the time taken to supply and release data which will enable us to improve the timeliness of reporting annual collections within 1 year of the end of the data collection period.data collection period.

Measure

Release a range of data and information products relevant to key policy areas

Source of criterion

2018–19 Health Portfolio Budget Statements, page 224

Result

Met

Target: 181 products released

181 products released. A complete list of products is at Appendix 1

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Figure 1.3: Products released, 2014–15 to 2018–19The column graph shows the annual targets and results for the AIHW products released from 2014–15 to 2018–19. The target has increased from 141 in 2014–15 to 181 in 2018–19.

B. Drivers of data improvements

Measure

Enhance data resources with the addition of new data assets to the AIHW’s data holdings measured by the number of such data assets approved by the AIHW Ethics Committee

Source of criterion

2018–19 Health Portfolio Budget Statements, page 224

Result

Met

Addition of new data assets by 30 June 2019

4 new data assets were added:

  • Cancer and Treatment Linked Analysis Asset
  • National Cancer Screening Register data collection
  • 2019 National Drug Strategy Household Survey
  • Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme Data Collection.

C. Expert sources of value-added analysis

Measure

Enhance data analysis capabilities

Source of criterion

2018–19 Health Portfolio Budget Statements, page 224

Result

Met

Release products presenting the results of linked data from three national cancer screening programs by 30 June 2019

Analysis of cancer outcomes and screening behaviour for breast, bowel and cervical national cancer screening programs in Australia was released on 14 September 2018.

Analysis of breast cancer outcomes and screening behaviour for BreastScreen Australia was released on 26 November 2018.

Measure

Enhance data analysis capabilities

Source of criterion

2018–19 Health Portfolio Budget Statements, page 224

Corporate plan 2018–19 to 2021–22, page 18

Result

Met

Complete the second of 3 work phases to improve storage, accessibility and analysis of locational data holdings, enabling better information on, for example, patterns and trends of service use

Second phase completed. We have configured the spatial reference data base and finalised documentation.

Measure

Enhance data analysis capabilities

Source of criterion

2018–19 Health Portfolio Budget Statements, page 224

Result

Not met

Release a replacement to Metadata Online Registry (METeOR) by 30 June 2019

While substantial progress was made on the new METeOR system, further work is needed before it is ready for release in 2019–20.

Measure

Enhance data analysis capabilities

Source of criterion

2018–19 Health Portfolio Budget Statements, page 224

Result

Met

Establishment of the National Integrated Health Services Information Analysis Asset (NIHSI AA)

The first version of the NIHSI AA has been built.

Measure

Enhance data analysis capabilities

Source of criterion

2018–19 Health Portfolio Budget Statements, page 224

Result

Met

Demonstrate, as case studies, AIHW contributions shown externally in 2018–19 of improved reporting of population or service-related health and welfare outcomes

4 case studies are published in this report

Measure

Disseminate AIHW analysis publicly through our website and the media

Source of criterion

2018–19 Health Portfolio Budget Statements, page 225

Result

Met

Target: 3.6 million sessions on the AIHW website

4.1 million sessions on the AIHW website in 2018–19

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Figure 1.4: AIHW website sessions, 2014–15 to 2018–19The column graph shows the annual targets and results for AIHW website sessions from 2014–15 to 2018–19. The target has increased from 2.6 million in 2014–15 to 3.6 million in 2018–19.

Measure

Disseminate AIHW analysis publicly through our website and the media

Source of criterion

2018–19 Health Portfolio Budget Statements, page 225

Result

Met

Target: 4,600 references to the AIHW and its products in the media

6,167 media references in 2018–19

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Figure 1.5: Media references to the AIHW and its products, 2014–15 to 2018–19The column graph shows the annual targets and results for references to the AIHW and its products in the media from 2014–15 to 2018–19.

D. Champions of open and accessible data and information

Measure

Modernise presentation of national health and welfare-related data and analysis

Source of criterion

2018–19 Health Portfolio Budget Statements, page 225

Result

Met

Continued improvement of the AIHW website and the provision of data, including that currently presented on the MyHealthyCommunities website

Developed new capability on the AIHW website to display indicators that were previously shown on the MyHealthyCommunities website. Development is underway to extend this technology to support releases of the Australian Health Performance Framework an the indicators for Australia’s Welfare 2019

Measure

Provide access to data and information in an environment that supports stringent governance, capability, data management and privacy requirements

Source of criterion

2018–19 Health Portfolio Budget Statements, page 225

Result

Met

Target: 60 data linkage projects completed as agreed under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy 2013

72 data linkage projects completed in 2018–19

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Figure 1.6: Requests for data linkage completed, 2014–15 to 2018–19The column graph shows the targets and results for requests for data linkage completed from 2014–15 to 2018–19.

Measure

Release a range of data and information products that include data in a manipulable format

Source of criterion

2018–19 Health Portfolio Budget Statements, page 225

Result

Met

Target: 95 statistical products released that include data in a manipulable format

122 statistical products were released in 2018–19 that included data in a manipulable format.

Figure 1.7: Statistical products released with manipulable data, 2014–15 to 2018–19The column graph shows the targets and results for statistical products released with manipulable data from 2014–15 to 2018–19.

E. Trusted strategic partners

Measure

Work with partners to drive data improvement

Source of criterion

2018–19 Health Portfolio Budget Statements, page 226

Result

Partially met

Work with the ABS toward the Coordination of Health Care Study to continue with the release of a range of products including hospital and emergency department services data by 30 June 2019

The Coordination of health care: experiences with GP care among patients aged 45 and over 2016 was released on 26 July 2018.

The AIHW continues to work with the ABS on the Coordination of Health Care study to include linked hospital and emergency department data. This work is dependent on data acquisition from states and territories and a joint release with the ABS is scheduled for release in 2019–20.

Measure

Work with partners to drive data improvement

Source of criterion

2018–19 Health Portfolio Budget Statements, page 226

Result

Met

Release of products by 30 June 2019 relating to under-identification of Indigenous people in key data sets

A report on best practice methods for Improving Indigenous identification in mortality data was released on 24 June 2019.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Stolen Generations and descendants: numbers, demographic characteristics and selected outcomes was released on 15 August 2018.

Measure

Work with partners to drive data improvement

Source of criterion

2018–19 Health Portfolio Budget Statements, page 226

Result

Met

Improve data in at least 1 subject area where there is a demonstrable data gap; for example, primary health care or disability

Enhancement of the Specialist Homelessness Services collection was enhanced by publishing data which included an Australian Defence Force identifier, for the first time, as part of the collection’s annual report for 2017–18.

The AIHW has been a major contributor to development of a business case for a new National Disability Data Asset. This work has been led by an Australian and state/territory government sub-group at the request of the Australian Digital Council. The new data asset would dramatically enhance information about the experiences of people with disability in Australia

Measure

Work with partners to drive data improvement

Source of criterion

2018–19 Health Portfolio Budget Statements, page 226

Result

Met

Participate in and administer new health committees, as determined by AHMAC

Our CEO is a member of the Health Services Principal Committee of AHMAC. Our CEO, or his proxy, attended all 4 meetings of this committee held in 2018–19.

Financial performance

The AIHW’s total revenue for 2018–19 was $78.0 million (Table 1.4). This is an increase of $12.9 million from 2017–18.

Table 1.4: Financial results, 2017–18 to 2018–19 ($ million)

2017–18

2018–19

Change

(%)

Appropriation revenue

28.1

33.3

19

Other revenue

37.0

44.7

21

Operating expenses

64.9

78.2

20

Operating surplus (deficit)

0.1

(0.2)

..

.. not applicable

Since 2014–15, our total revenue has increased by 60% driven by growth in both appropriation revenue and operational revenue, as shown in Figure 1.8. We expect this growth to continue through 2019–20.

Figure 1.8: Revenue 2013–14 to 2019–20 ($ millions)The line graph shows AIHW’s funding sources from 2014–15 to 2019–20. Australian Government appropriations have increased from $15.8 million in 2014–15 to $30.2 million for 2019–20. External fees have increased from $32.3 million in 2014–15 to $42.8 million in 2018–19, with a target of $48 million for 2019–20.

The small deficit in 2018–19 was due to an accrual adjustment on a lease and had been approved by the Minister for Finance.

More details on our financial performance are provided in the audited financial statements in Appendix 5: Financial statements.

Outlook for 2019–20

We will continue to provide high-quality, meaningful and timely national health- and welfare-related data and analysis across all relevant sectors. We will release our biennial flagship publications Australia's welfare 2019 in the second half of 2019 and Australia’s health 2020 by 30 June 2020.

Our planned performance in 2019–20 is set out in the: