Online version of the 2013-14 Department of Health Annual Report

Overview of the Department

Page last updated: 17 July 2019

Australia’s health system is world class, supporting universal and affordable access to high quality medical, pharmaceutical and hospital services, while helping people to stay healthy through health promotion and disease prevention activities.

The Department of Health has a diverse set of responsibilities, but throughout there is a common purpose ‘Better health and wellbeing for all Australians’.

Corporate Plan 2014-2017

The Department’s newly released Corporate Plan for 2014-2017 sets out our long term goals, reflecting the outcomes the Australian Government has identified for the Department of Health.

The image is of the Department of Health Corporate Plan 2014 to 2017.

The Corporate Plan guides staff in contributing to achieving our vision, goals and aspirations. In focusing on our priorities, and having a clear line of sight from our individual roles through Performance Development Scheme agreements, we are better able to work more efficiently for the benefit of the Australian community.

For more information refer to Part 3.1: Corporate Governance.

Machinery of Government Changes

On 18 September 2013 the Prime Minister announced changes to the ‘Machinery of Government’. The Hon Peter Dutton MP became Minister for Health, with responsibility also for mental health, and Minister for Sport. Senator the Hon Fiona Nash became Assistant Minister for Health.

Key changes to the Department were:

  • The Department’s name was changed to the Department of Health from the Department of Health and Ageing.
  • Responsibility for aged care7 was transferred to the new Department of Social Services.
  • Responsibility for a number of Indigenous health programmes and functions was transferred to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
  • Responsibility for sport and recreation was transferred to the Department from the former Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport.

For more information refer to Part 3.4: People Management.

Outcome and Programme Structure Changes

The Department’s Outcome and Programme structure was revised as part of the 2014-15 Budget process. The revised structure, with a reduced number of outcomes, came into operation on 1 July 2014 and will be reported against in the Department’s 2014-15 annual report. For further information on the revised structure refer to the Health Portfolio Budget Statements 2014-15.8

This annual report is for the 2013-14 financial year, based on the Department of Health’s structure as at 30 June 2014, and reports on the Department’s activities during 2013-14.

Portfolio Structure

In 2013-14, the health portfolio consisted of:

Portfolio Agency Changes

In 2014-15, the Government will transfer essential functions from the Australian National Preventive Health Agency, Health Workforce Australia and General Practice Education and Training Ltd to the Department of Health, with a view to closing these agencies. The functions of the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority and the National Blood Authority will be merged with a view to establishing a new independent authority. The Private Health Insurance Ombudsman’s responsibilities will be transferred to the Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman. The functions of the Private Health Insurance Administration Council will be transferred to the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority and the Department of Health with a view to closing the agency.

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