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About host organisation: Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) was established under the National Health Reform Act 2011 to contribute to significant reforms to improve Australian public hospitals. A vital component of these reforms is the implementation of activity based funding for Australian public hospitals.

Our vision is to design pricing systems that promote safe, efficient public hospital care for all Australians.

Visit our website for more information about who we are and what we do.

Activity based funding

Activity based funding (ABF) is a way of funding public hospitals whereby they are paid for the number and mix of patients they treat. If a hospital treats more patients, it receives more funding. ABF takes into account the fact that some patients are more complicated to treat than others do.

ABF uses national classifications, cost weights and nationally efficient prices to determine the amount of funding for each activity or service.

It enables efficiency comparisons between hospitals, and allows system and hospital managers to identify inefficient practices, manage costs and optimise resource allocation.

Activity Based Funding Conference 2021

Since 2013, the IHPA's Activity Based Funding Conference series has become the conference of choice to have a discourse on the application of ABF in Australian hospitals.

Due to the developing COVID-19 situation, IHPA postponed its next in-person Activity Based Funding Conference as originally planned in Brisbane in May 2021 to 2022.

The COVID-19 restrictions have prompted IHPA to look at alternative ways to deliver its educational responsibilities as outlined in its Work Program 2020–21.

Delivering educational programs on ABF will ensure that there are continuing opportunities for engagement and professional development.


This year's theme is 'Activity based funding into the future: Responsive. Relevant. Reliable.'. Following the introduction of ABF under the National Health Reform Act 2011, IHPA has worked with all Australian governments to implement ABF throughout the nation's healthcare systems.

This year's conference theme offers delegates an opportunity to reflect on the last decade since introducing ABF, with a forward view including lessons learned through COVID-19 and the new Addendum to the National Health Reform Agreement 2020-25.

The presentations will explore a range of related topics, including reflections on ABF in Australia, implementation across different jurisdictions, and the future of ABF in Australia.

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