National Agreements

National Agreements define the objectives, outcomes, outputs and performance indicators, and clarify the roles and responsibilities that guide the Commonwealth and the States in the delivery of services across key sectors.

There are currently six National Agreements in the health, education, skills and workforce development, disability services, affordable housing and Indigenous reform sectors, and a National Health Reform Agreement:

National Specific Purpose Payments (SPPs) are the funding mechanism through which the Commonwealth supports States’ efforts in delivering services in key sectors.

There are currently three National SPPs through which the Commonwealth makes payments: the National Skills and Workforce Development SPP; the National Disability Services SPP; and the National Affordable Housing SPP. The States are required to spend each National SPP in the relevant sector.

The former National Healthcare and National Schools SPPs have been replaced with revised funding arrangements.