The policy and funding guidelines provides the department’s policy framework, objectives, budget, service deliverables, desired outcomes, reporting requirements, program guidelines and funding initiatives.
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Health services' policy and funding guidelines

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 as part of their contractual and statutory obligations, outline activity that is required to receive funding, and detail expectations of administrative and clinical conduct.

The guidelines are relevant for all funded organisations, which includes health services, community service organisations and other funded organisations such as Ambulance Victoria.

The guidelines for 2019-20 contain the following:

  1. Policy guide
  2. Appendices – Funding rules.

Policy guide

The policy guide articulates the funding policy priorities, and performance and financial frameworks, including their conditions, within which Victorian government-funded organisations operate.

  • Chapter 1: Funding arrangements for Victoria’s health system - details funding arrangements for funded organisations and all other outputs provided by the department.
  • Chapter 2: Conditions of funding - Outlines relevant standards and policies that funded organisations must adhere to in order to receive funding from the Victorian Government, ensuring the delivery of safe, high-quality services and responsible financial management.

Appendices – Funding rules

The funding rules specify the financial parameters, specifically the detailed pricing and prescribed budgetary targets, that funded organisations are expected to work to, and within, in order to achieve the outcomes expected by the Victorian Government.

  • Appendix 1: Pricing arrangements for Victoria’s health system Details pricing arrangements for funded organisations and all other outputs provided by the department.
  • Appendix 2: Funding and activity levels - Provides funding and activity tables detailing the modelled budgets for 2019–20, as well as the 2019–20 targets for a range of programs across the health system.


Human Services 

The Human Services component of the Policy and Funding Guidelines is being replaced with the Service Agreement Requirements document, effective January 01 2020.

Health and human services activity search

The Health and human services activity search provides access to detailed information regarding service activities, service standards, guidelines, targets, performance measures and data collection requirements for each human services activity funded by a service agreement.