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NSW Health Ministerially Approved Grants update – September 2020

Indexation

NSW Health can now advise that an indexation rate of 1.75 per cent has been approved for Ministerially Approved Grants (MAGs) to non-government organisations (NGOs) for 2020-21. 

The indexation rate of 1.75 per cent will be added to the approved base funding for all MAGs with NGOs. This includes retrospective Quarter 1 indexation. 

Social and Community Services (SACS) Equal Remuneration Order (ERO)

NSW Health has met all SACS funding obligations as agreed between NSW Health, NSW Treasury and each individual NGO since this funding arrangement started in 2012-13.

NSW Health intends to continue to meet all funding obligations associated with SACS until the arrangement concludes in 2021-22.

Please note the above updates relate to grants funded under the MAG Program only.

NSW Health thanks its NGO partners for our continued partnership to support the health and wellbeing of the NSW community

For further information, please contact your relevant Ministry or Local Health District grant manager.

NGO grant program in 2020-21

In 2020-21, NSW Health allocated approximately $167 million through Ministerially Approved Grants (MAGs) to over 310 non-government organisations (NGOs) across the State.

Funding has enabled NGOs to deliver community-based activities that support the health and wellbeing of the public, and in particular, vulnerable or hard to reach populations.

Activities funded through the NGO Grant Program have contributed to the achievement of current NSW Health priorities, strategies and policies across Aboriginal health, aged care, chronic and disability care, community transport, drug and alcohol, children and families, mental health, palliative care, population health, women's health and other priority areas.

Security of personal and health information held by NSW Health funded NGOs

Reminder of privacy and security obligations for NGOs

The Standard Conditions that apply to Ministerially approved grant (MAG) funding agreements between NSW Health and NGOs, stipulate requirements under section 10.3 for the protection of personal information collected by an NGO. Grantees must comply with all relevant privacy legislation, including the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 (HRIP Act, NSW) and the Privacy Act 1998 (PA Act, Cth).

The 15 Health Privacy Principles (HPPs) are the key to HRIP Act. The Information and Privacy Commission NSW has issued a factsheet The HPPs explained for members of the public. It outlines legal obligations that NSW public sector agencies and private sector organisations must abide by when they collect, hold, use and disclose a person's health information.

If you have questions or concerns about privacy and security requirements, these should be brought to the attention of your grant administrator.

Good practice in the event of a privacy and security breach

The Australian government has issued the Data breach preparation and response - A guide to managing data breaches in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (the Guide). Any entity that handles personal information can use this guide to inform their preparation and response strategy for a data breach.

The NGO should also comply with any direction of the NSW Health organisation that manages its grant. This is to the extent that it is consistent with privacy law and any other measures the NSW Health organisation may reasonably require to maintain the protection of personal and health information.

Current as at: Monday 9 November 2020