|Title:||Financial Arrangements for Disasters|
|Document ID:||Operational Directive OD 0594/15|
|Date of issue:||Wednesday, 8 April 2015|
|Description:||Details the processes for the identification and recording of the cost incurred in responding to a disaster.|
|Applicable to:||All Health facilities|
|Framework:||Public Health Policy Framework|
|Period of effect:||from 1 February 2015 to 1 February 2018|
|Review date:||1 December 2017|
|Authorised by:||Professor Bryant Stokes, A/Director General, Department of Health WA, 03-Mar-2015|
|Print version:||View print version|
Financial Arrangements for Disasters
WA Health has an obligation to ensure that the financial costs of goods and services provided, and equipment procured during disaster responses are costed and detailed.
The aim of this directive is to outline the processes for the identification and recording of the cost incurred in responding to a disaster.
The Disaster Preparedness and Management Unit (DPMU) is to have a minimum of two latent disaster cost centres available for operations and capital expenditure
The State Health Coordinator (SHC) is responsible for the activation of a cost centre for the expenditure of resources used in responding to a disaster.
On request by the SHC, detailed information on expenditure directly related to the disaster shall be forwarded to the Senior Policy Officer - Operations (SPO-Ops) in DPMU.
Area Health Services need to seek in principle approval from the SHC for the procurement or hire of services and/or equipment that are likely to cost over $20, 000 (including GST). A similar case may be made by supportive non- government health agencies such as St John Ambulance, Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Australian Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service when the nature and magnitude of the disaster is vastly in excess of their normal operating financial arrangements and funding mechanisms.
Regardless of the source of funding for the major incident, it is essential that Area Health Services and the State Health Incident Coordination Centre (SHICC) maintain full records of costs incurred relating to the incident.
Professor Bryant Stokes
This circular last updated: Wednesday, 8 April 2015 at 3:52pm