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

2013-14 Overview

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2013-14 Department of Health Annual Report

The Department of Health is a Department of State. In 2013-14 we operated under the Public Service Act 1999 and the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 (FMA Act). The Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 replaced the FMA Act on 1 July 2014.

Our vision

Creating better health and wellbeing for all Australians

The image is of the Sirius Building, central office for the Department of Health.

Our role

The Department’s role is to achieve the Australian Government’s priorities (outcomes) for health. We do this by developing evidence-based policies, managing programmes and undertaking research and regulatory activities. We also lead and work closely with other agencies to achieve results for the Australian Government and community, and engage in open and constructive consultation with professionals, providers, industry and community groups.

Our values

We uphold the Australian Public Service (APS) Values of being:

  • Impartial – The APS is apolitical and provides the Government with advice that is frank, honest, timely and based on the best available evidence
  • Committed to service – The APS is professional, objective, innovative and efficient, and works collaboratively to achieve the best results for the Australian community and the Government
  • Accountable – The APS is open and accountable to the Australian community under the law and within the framework of Ministerial responsibility
  • Respectful – The APS respects all people, including their rights and their heritage
  • Ethical – The APS demonstrates leadership, is trustworthy, and acts with integrity in all that it does.

Our history

The Commonwealth Department of Health was established in 1921, in part as response to the devastating effects of the Spanish influenza pandemic of 1919, and through the vision of Dr J H L Cumpston, the first head of the Department.

Over the last 93 years, the Department has continued to evolve and has undergone a number of changes in its name, function and structure.

In 1987 we became the Department of Community Services and Health and over the following 27 years we have had further name changes and a wide variety of responsibilities including local government, housing, community and family services and aged care.

Following the 2013 election our name returned to the Department of Health. Administration of aged care transferred to the Department of Social Services. Responsibility for a number of Indigenous health programmes and functions were transferred to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. The National Mental Health Commission was transferred to the Health portfolio from the Prime Minister and Cabinet Portfolio, and we regained responsibility for sport.

About this report

This is the Secretary’s report to the Minister for Health and the Minister for Sport for the financial year ended 30 June 2014.

This Annual Report relates to the Department of Health’s performance for 2013–14 against the measures outlined in the Portfolio Budget Statements and the Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements for the same period. The report forms a primary mechanism of accountability to the Parliament of Australia. The report uses the same outcome/programme structure as outlined in the Department’s 2013-14 Portfolio Budget Statements.

The report has been prepared in line with the Requirements for annual reports for departments, executive agencies and FMA Act bodies (the Annual Report Requirements). The compliance index will direct you to where information required by the Annual Report Requirements can be found in this report.

In addition to providing key corporate information, and mandatory reporting requirements, this report contains details of our performance. Readers will find relevant programme objectives, deliverables and key performance indicators listed for each outcome, together with details of our effectiveness in achieving these outcomes.

Navigation/access aids include:

  • Tables of Contents (overarching and also at the beginning of each part)
  • Comprehensive index
  • Glossary
  • List of acronyms and abbreviations
  • List of websites

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