The budget included announcements that affect Commonwealth funding of public hospitals and other programs that will be important to federal relations. A number of related health care funding agreements with states and territories will be terminated, postponed or revived. The expected savings from changes to public hospital funding are significant. The savings in hospitals and education on this budget are expected to amount to $80 billion by 2024/25, most of which will be extracted from the savings made in Hospital Funding.  All savings resulting from these budget measures will be donated to the new Future Fund for Medical Research. The government has indicated that these changes provide a “platform” for the transition to longer-term health funding agreements.  Their development would involve new agreements with the courts. The combined savings from the implementation of these two measures are expected to be $1.8 billion over four years. An agreement on the establishment of a national system of regulation and investigation of rail safety, including a single regulation and a single national regulatory authority for rail safety, complemented by a national rail safety monitor. The removal of these partnership agreements is consistent with the jury`s recommendation to review and reduce their number.  Legislation is not necessary. For more information on other intergovernmental agreements, see below.
The $5 billion Health and Hospital Fund (HHF) created as part of the Nation Building Funds Act 2008 as part of the Commonwealth`s commitment to the National Partnership Agreement on Health Infrastructure will soon cease to operate. The HHF funds health and hospital infrastructure projects of national importance, for example. B for cancer services or projects in regional areas. The new Future Fund for Medical Research, announced in this budget, is funded in part by $1 billion in un committed HHF funding. Subsequently, the HHF will be abolished by the repeal of the Nation Building Funds Act 2008. Projects for which funds are committed for the period 2017-18, including the national component of the cancer control system and the regional priority cycle, will continue to be funded from specific resources after they are abolished.  Agreement between the Commonwealth and the States and Territories establishing a national jurisdiction and a maritime safety regulator for all merchant vessels in Australian waters. This intergovernmental agreement aims to strengthen Australia`s biosecurity system by strengthening national cooperation between Australian governments. The agreement came into force on January 3, 2019, when the Commonwealth and South Australia became the first signatories.
Another national partnership agreement will also withdraw. The abolition of the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health (NPAPH) is expected to result in savings of $367.9 million over four years. The NPAPH provides state and territorial initiatives that support healthy behaviours and contribute to the growing spread of lifestyle-related chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes. It was originally scheduled to expire in June 2015, but was extended until June 2018 under the previous government. In November 2008, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) approved a new Intergovernmental Agreement on Federal Financial Relations (IGA).