Performance reporting

Under the federal financial relations framework, Commonwealth prescriptions on service delivery by the States were replaced with a focus on the achievement of government, of mutually agreed objectives and outcomes, and enhanced accountability through simpler and more transparent performance reporting.

The performance reporting framework that supports this objective of the Intergovernmental Agreement, focuses on the achievement of results, efficient service delivery and timely provision of publicly available performance information.

Performance reporting for National Agreements

The performance reporting framework for National Agreements is based on:

  • high-level performance indicators;
  • the Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision  having overall responsibility for collating the necessary performance data; and
  • to 30 June 2014, the COAG Reform Council  publishing performance data relating to National Agreements, and National Partnerships to the extent that they support the objectives in National Agreements, within three months of receipt from the Steering Committee, along with a comparative analysis of this performance information.

Performance reporting for National Partnerships

For reform National Partnerships, the COAG Reform Council  assessed whether pre-determined milestones and performance benchmarks had been achieved before the Commonwealth considered whether payments to reward nationally significant reforms or service delivery improvements would be made.

From 1 July 2014, reward payments under reform National Partnerships remain contingent on the achievement of pre-determined milestones and performance benchmarks, with achievement assessed independently.

For other National Partnerships, the relevant Commonwealth portfolio minister is responsible for assessing whether performance requirements, as set out in the National Partnership, have been met before authorising whether the associated payment should be made.

Conceptual Framework for performance reporting

This conceptual framework [PDF 76KB] supports performance reporting under the Intergovernmental Agreement on Federal Financial Relations. The focus is on performance reporting under National Agreements and reform-based National Partnerships.

National Minimum Data Sets

The Council on Federal Financial Relations, in consultation with other COAG Councils and data collection agencies, maintains a register of the national minimum data sets to allow comparative reporting of governments' achievement against agreed objectives and outcomes.

Competitive Neutrality Matrix Reports

The COAG National Competition Policy Review document, released on 10 February 2006, stated that the operation of the enhanced competitive neutrality principles in COAG’s Competition and Infrastructure Regulation Agreement (CIRA) would be monitored by Heads of Treasuries (HoTs).

HoTs agreed in March 2014 that competitive neutrality matrix reports from 2011-12 onwards would be published on the CFFR website.  Please find the reports below.  Reports prior to 2011-12 are published on the COAG website.