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Simplifying reporting

In November 2011, the departments completed a project Simplifying Reporting for Funded Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (the report) which focused on rationalising existing recurrently funded reporting requirements for each division.

The aims of simplifying reporting are to:

  • Reduce the reporting burden placed on ACCOs
  • Improve level of compliance of reporting by ACCOs and improve quality of data received by Departments.
  • Provide meaningful data for ACCOs to support capacity building.

The report provides the departments with 15 recommendations and has the potential to reduce reporting requirements and support ACCOs capacity building.

DHS divisions are currently developing implementation plans for each of the recommendations.

Due to OCHREStreams being implemented nationally, the Department of Health will not be implementing any reporting changes to existing reporting requirements. OCHREStreams is a national web based reporting tool for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services. The Aboriginal Health Branch is continuing to work with the Commonwealth to negotiate the inclusion of indicators for mental health and alcohol and drugs. With additional indicators OCHREStreams will meet the Department of Health reporting requirements.

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