The policy and funding guidelines provides the department’s policy framework, objectives, budget, service deliverables, desired outcomes, reporting requirements, program guidelines and funding initiatives.
The department is responsible for two key policy and funding documents:
the former Department of Health annual Victorian health policy and funding guidelines and the former Department of Human Services policy and funding plan 2015-19, update 2017-18 (which included annual updates).
the Department of Health and Human Services Policy and funding guidelines, July 2017 consists of three volumes
Volume 2 of the guidelines represent the system-wide terms and conditions (for funding, administrative and clinical policy) of funding for government-funded healthcare organisations.
The guidelines reflect the government and department’s role as a system manager and underpin the contracts at an organisational level (Statements of priorities (SoPs) and service agreements). They set out the requirements that funded organisations must comply with in addition to their contractual and statutory obligations, outline activity that is required in order to receive funding, and detail expectations of administrative and clinical conduct.
The guidelines are relevant for all funded organisations including health services, community service organisations (CSOs) and other funded organisations such as Ambulance Victoria.
This volume, colour-coded purple, applies to all organisations funded by the former Department of Health.
There are five chapters to Volume 2:
Chapter 1: Overview, key changes and new initiatives provides an overview of the accountability framework for funded organisations and introduces the most significant developments in funding, policy, government priorities and service delivery for the coming year.
Chapter 2: Funding arrangements for Victoria’s health system details the funding arrangements for public hospital services and for all other outputs provided by the department.
Chapter 3: Pricing and funding arrangements for Victoria’s health system details the pricing and funding arrangements for public hospital services and for all other outputs provided by the department.
Chapter 4: Conditions of funding details the relevant standards and policies that apply in order for funded organisations to receive health related funding from the Victorian Government.
Chapter 5: Funding and activity levels provides budget and activity tables for 2017-18.
The Human services policy and funding plan 2015–18 provides funded organisations and departmental staff with information about the department’s policy framework, objectives, budget, service deliverables, desired outcomes, reporting requirements, program guidelines and funding initiatives. This volume, colour-coded green, applies to all organisations funded by the former Department of Human Services.
Volume 3 is listed as an applicable departmental policy in Schedule 1 of the Service agreement form of the Common funding agreement. Schedule 1 also lists policy documents applicable to the services for which your organisation is funded. You can view these policies by logging on to the ‘Service Agreement’ module of the Funded Agency Channel, selecting your service agreement and selecting the lower level tab called ‘Service Standard Guidelines’. Links are available from that tab to applicable policy documents.
There are four chapters to Volume 3:
Chapter 1: Overview and key initiatives
Chapter 2: Human services output budget Information and unit prices