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Smaller Government Measures Tranche 3

What is it?

On 15 December 2014, building on earlier Budget measures, the Government announced a third tranche of Smaller Government reform which relates to the streamlining of government bodies.

For DVA, this means around 20 advisory groups in the health, research and commemorations areas will either cease, sunset, merge with new arrangements, or be subject to review. A range of commemorations and research committees will wind up as the projects they support conclude. Also, there will be a smaller number of multi-disciplinary health committees to better focus on whole of person care, whole of programme design and contemporary issues for the health services sectors.

What does this mean for current DVA committees?

The implementation of the Government’s Tranche 3 decisions and the Australian Government Governance Policy creates an opportunity to refresh and streamline DVA’s health advisory groups with a view to minimising any administrative burden on the relevant sectors.

DVA has consulted with outgoing committee members and relevant peak body associations in relation to the new arrangements.

DVA is committed to continued engagement with the various sectors and greatly values the contribution of past and current members to DVA’s advisory groups. We will continue to take a client-focused approach to the delivery of services and programmes. Working closely with the veteran community and our health and service providers remains an important part of how we do our business.

Update – October 2015

The table below ‘Smaller Government Tranche 3 - DVA affected advisory groups’ has been updated to reflect a number of decisions implemented since 22 December 2014, i.e. groups to cease, sunset or be reviewed.

Points of clarification:

With the implementation of DVA’s revised National Consultation Framework, three affected advisory groups ceased in December 2013, namely the Current and Former Members of the ADF Emerging Issues Forum (EIF); National Health, Aged and Community Care Forum (NHACCF); and the Operational Working Party (OWP). The EIF and OWP were replaced by the Younger Veterans Forum (YVF) who first met on 16th April 2014, and the NHACCF was replaced with the National Aged and Community Care Forum (NACCF) who first met on 30th April 2014.

Smaller Government Tranche 3 - DVA affected advisory groups (correct as at 1 October 2015)
Name of body Description and implementation status Decision
Anzac Centenary Public Fund Board The Board was established to administer the Anzac Centenary Public Fund.  The fund expires on 1 May 2019 and the committee will cease then. cease from 1 May 2019
Australian National Memorial New Zealand Advisory Panel The Memorial was dedicated on 20 April 2015.  
 
The panel has ceased
cease by 1 July 2015
Community Nursing Clinical Advisory Committee This committee was established to advise DVA on clinical issues affecting the Community Nursing program.  Community nursing representation will be included in an existing advisory group, i.e. the new Health Consultative Forum.
 
The committee has ceased
cease
DVA Human Research Ethics Committee To merge with the Australian Defence Human Research Ethics Committee by 1 July 2017.  Leveraging both agencies’ research effort will lead to functions being performed more efficiently. merge by 1 July 2017
eHealth Technical Advisory Group This group was established to support the design elements of the In-Home Telemonitoring for Veterans’ Trial. The design phase has concluded and the need for this group has expired.
 
The group has ceased
cease by 1 July 2015
Gulf War Study Advisory Committee Gulf War Study has been released, and is a follow up study to the report released in 2003.  
 
The committee has ceased
cease by 1 July 2015
Pay for Performance Advisory Committee The Pay for Performance (P4P) Advisory Committee provides expertise to guide the implementation, ongoing development, review and evaluation of the P4P framework, with a strong clinical focus on the performance measures.  The P4P framework will be considered as part of the forthcoming tender process in June 2016. review during the next tender in 2016
Peacekeepers Study Advisory Committee. Study was released by the Minister on 28 October 2014.  Any outcomes will be considered as part of DVA policy and programme development.  The need for the body has expired.
 
The committee has ceased
cease by 1 July 2015
Research Working Group The Research Working Group was a sub-committee that supported the former reactive Research program.  In July 2013, DVA introduced a new Strategic Research model, which embraces input from the business and programmes areas, to build a proactive research portfolio.  The former Research Working Group is now redundant.
 
The group has ceased
cease
Vietnam Veterans’ Education Centre Advisory Panel Panel was established to support the Australian Government’s $3.3 million contribution to the Vietnam Veterans’ Education Centre in the United States of America.  The centre is scheduled to open in 2020. Any further work will be undertaken within the DVA National Consultation Framework.
 
The panel has ceased
cease by 1 July 2015
Vietnam Veterans’ Family Study Consultative Forum Report was released 28 October 2014 by the Minister.  Post the consultation process there will be no further requirement for this forum. cease following report of the VVFS
Current and Former Members of the ADF Emerging Issues Forum This body has evolved into the new ‘Younger Veterans – Contemporary Needs’ Forum, which first met on 16 April 2014.
 
The forum has ceased
ceased December 2013
National Health, Aged and Community Care Forum This body has been replaced by the National Aged and Community Care Forum which first met on 30 April 2014.
 
The forum has ceased
ceased December 2013
Operational Working Party This body has evolved into the new ‘Younger Veterans – Contemporary Needs’ Forum, which first met on 16 April 2014.
 
The forum has ceased
ceased December 2013
Health Innovation Clinical Reference Group (HI CRG) The role of the HI CRG was to provide advice to DVA in relation to the design and implementation of the Coordinated Veterans’ Care Programme and eHealth projects, with a focus on the In-Home Telemonitoring for Veterans Trial.
 
The group has ceased

To merge by 1 July 2016.

Outgoing members of these six committees have been advised the current arrangements have ceased and that these committees are being merged.  

Arrangements to establish the new Health Consultative Forum are being worked through carefully to ensure appropriate sector representation, with regard to DVA’s strategic focus and the Australian Government Governance Policy.

Appropriate peak body representation for the new forum is being determined in consultation between DVA and the health care sector. The new structure will create less administrative impost on the health sector while adding a greater ‘whole of person care’ conversation.

Local Medical Officer Advisory Committee (LMOAC) The role of this committee is to facilitate liaison and communication between DVA, who is representing the Repatriation Commissions and the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (the Commissions), and relevant key representative bodies for general medical practitioners.
 
The committee has ceased
Allied Health Advisory Committee (AHAC) The role of this committee is to facilitate liaison and communication between DVA, who is representing the Commissions, and relevant key representative from peak associations for allied health professionals.

The committee has ceased

Rehabilitation appliances Programme Reference Committee (RAPRC) The role of this committee is to advise the Commissions and their delegates on the clinical appropriateness of a range of aids and appliances.
 
The committee has ceased
Optical Advisory Committee (OAC) The role of this committee is to facilitate liaison and communication between DVA, who is representing the Commissions, and relevant key representative from peak associations for optical professionals.
 
The committee has ceased
Dental Advisory Committee (DAC) The role of this committee is to facilitate liaison and communication between DVA, who is representing the Commissions, and relevant key representative from peak associations for dental professionals.
 
The committee has ceased
Medicines Advice and Therapeutics Education Services (MATES) Practitioner Reference Group – MATES Veterans’ Reference Group - MATES Writing Group The MATES programme is a contractual programme, currently operated by the University of South Australia.  
These three advisory groups were required by contract and ceased when the contracts expired 30 June 2015.  
Governance arrangements will be established under new contractual arrangements following completion of the procurement activity currently underway and the resulting negotiations with any new contracting entity.
 
These groups have ceased
cease by 30 June 2015
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