Department of Health Annual Report 2016-17

Part 2.1: 2016-17 Annual Performance Statements

Page last updated: 19 October 2017

The 2016-17 Annual Performance Statements are in accordance with s39(1)(a) of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) for the 2016-17 financial year. The Annual Performance Statements accurately present the Department of Health’s performance in accordance with s39(2) of the PGPA Act.

Glenys Beauchamp PSM
Secretary October 2017


As required under the PGPA Act, this report contains the Department of Health’s Annual Performance Statements for 2016-17. The Annual Performance Statements detail results achieved against the planned performance criteria set out in the 2016-17 Health Portfolio Budget Statements, 2016-17 Health Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements, and the Department’s 2016-17 Corporate Plan.

Structure of the Annual Performance Statements

The Annual Performance Statements demonstrate the direct link between the Department’s activities throughout the year, and the contribution to achieving the Department’s Purpose. The Annual Performance Statements are divided into chapters, with each chapter focussing on the objectives of an Outcome and addressing the associated performance criteria. Each chapter contains:

  • an analysis of the Department’s performance by Outcome and Program;
  • activity highlights that occurred during 2016-17;
  • key activities planned for 2017-18; and
  • results and discussion against each performance criteria.

The page overleaf provides an outline of how the Department’s six Outcomes contribute to the Department’s broader Vision, Purpose and Strategic Priorities.

Results key


100% of the target for 2016-17 has been achieved.

Substantially met

75–99% of the target for 2016-17 has been achieved.

Not met

Less than 75% of the target for 2016-17 has been achieved.

Data not available

Data is not available to report for the 2016-17 reporting year.


The use of N/A in performance trend boxes indicates that data was not published in the relevant year for that performance criterion.

Our Vision

Better health and wellbeing for all Australians, now and for future generations.

Our Purpose

Lead and shape Australia’s health and aged care system and sporting outcomes through evidence-based policy, well targeted programs, and best practice regulation.

Our Strategic Priorities

Better health outcomes and reduced inequality through:

  • An integrated approach that balances prevention, primary, secondary and tertiary care;
  • Promoting greater engagement of individuals in their health and healthcare; and
  • Enabling access for the most disadvantaged, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people in rural and remote areas, and people experiencing socio-economic disadvantage.

Affordable, accessible, efficient, and high quality health and aged care system through:

  • Partnering and collaborating with others to deliver health and aged care programs;
  • Better, more cost-effective patient care through innovation and technology; and
  • Regulation that protects the health and safety of the community, while minimising unnecessary compliance burdens.

Better sport outcomes through:

  • Boosting participation opportunities for all Australians;
  • Optimising international performance; and
  • Safeguarding integrity in sport.

Our Outcomes

Outcome 1: Health System Policy, Design and Innovation

1.1: Health Policy Research and Analysis
1.2: Health Innovation and Technology
1.3: Health Infrastructure
1.4: Health Peak and Advisory Bodies
1.5: International Policy

Outcome 2: Health Access and Support Services

2.1: Mental Health
2.2: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
2.3: Health Workforce
2.4: Preventive Health and Chronic Disease Support
2.5: Primary Health Care Quality and Coordination
2.6: Primary Care Practice Incentives
2.7: Hospital Services

Outcome 3: Sport and Recreation

3.1: Sport and Recreation

Outcome 4: Individual Health Benefits

4.1: Medical Benefits
4.2: Hearing Services
4.3: Pharmaceutical Benefits
4.4: Private Health Insurance
4.5: Medical Indemnity
4.6: Dental Services
4.7: Health Benefit Compliance
4.8: Targeted Assistance – Aids and Appliances

Outcome 5: Regulation, Safety and Protection

5.1: Protect the Health and Safety of the Community Through Regulation
5.2: Health Protection and Emergency Response
5.3: Immunisation

Outcome 6: Ageing and Aged Care

6.1: Access and Information
6.2: Home Support and Care
6.3: Residential and Flexible Care
6.4: Aged Care Quality