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The Health portfolio includes 17 operating portfolio agencies and 5 statutory office holders as at 24 January 2018.

The Department of Health pursues the achievement of the portfolio outcomes in association with a number of other agencies and statutory office holders in the portfolio. 

The portfolio incorporates 17 operating portfolio agencies and 5 statutory office holders as at 24 January 2018.

Portfolio agencies

Aged Care Complaints Commissioner

The Aged Care Complaints Commissioner will resolve concerns about aged care services funded by the Australian Government, including services provided in the home. The aim is to lead to resolution for the individual and improve care for others

Aged Care Complaints Commissioner

Australian Aged Care Quality Agency (AACQA)

Part of the Department of Health's portfolio, the AACAQ works to ensure high quality services for people receiving Australian Government-subsidised aged care

Australian Aged Care Quality Agency

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC)

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) works in partnership with patients, consumers, clinicians, managers, policy makers and healthcare organisations to achieve a sustainable, safe and high-quality health system.

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

Australian Digital Health Agency

The Australian Digital Health Agency aims to improve health outcomes for Australians through the delivery of national digital health services and systems. They focus on putting data and technology safely to work for patients, consumers and the healthcare professionals who look after them.

Australian Digital Health Agency

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) produces high-quality reports and other information products, on key health and welfare issues in Australia. These are used to improve the delivery of health and welfare for Australians.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Organ and Tissue Authority (OTA)

The Organ and Tissue Authority (OTA) works with states and territories, clinicians and the community sector to deliver the Australian Government's national program to improve organ and tissue donation and transplantation outcomes in Australia

Organ and Tissue Authority

Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA)

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) aims to protect Australians from radiation exposure, ensure emergency preparedness, promote effective use of onising radiation in medicine and ensure appropriate regulation and enforcement activities

Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA)

ASADA aims to protect the health of athletes and the integrity of Australian sport through engagement, deterrence, detection and enforcement activities aimed at minimising the risk of doping

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

Australian Sports Commission (ASC)

The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) plays a central leadership role in the development and operation of the Australian sports system, administering and funding innovative sport programs and providing leadership, coordination and support for the sport sector

Australian Sports Commission

Australian Sports Foundation (ASF)

The Australian Sports Foundation (ASF) aims to help Australians athletes, organisations and sporting clubs, from the grassroots level through to the elite, fundraise to achieve their sporting dreams

Australian Sports Foundation

Cancer Australia

Cancer Australia aims to reduce the impact of cancer, improve outcomes for people affected by cancer and lead and coordinate national, evidence-based interventions for cancer control and care

Cancer Australia

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ)

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) develops standards that regulate the use of ingredients, processing aids, colourings, additives, vitamins and minerals, composition of some foods and foods developed by new technologies.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand

Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA)

The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) aims to ensure all Australians to have access to a sustainable, locally controlled health system that appropriately funds public hospital services

Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

National Blood Authority (NBA)

The National Blood Authority (NBA) manages and coordinates arrangements for the supply of blood, blood products and blood services and their use, on behalf of the Australian Government and state and territory governments

National Blood Authority

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funds high quality health and medical research to build research capability, support researchers, encourage the translation of research into better health outcomes and promote the highest ethical standards for health and medical research

National Health and Medical Research Council

National Health Funding Body (NHFB)

The National Health Funding Body (NHFB) is an independent statutory authority. They aim to assist the Administrator of the National Health Funding Pool (the Administrator) in enabling and supporting more transparent and efficient public hospital funding and reporting

National Health Funding Body

National Health Funding Pool Administrator

Administers the National Health Funding Pool according to relevant agreements and legislation, oversees payments into and out of the state pool account for each state and territory, and reports on various funding and service delivery matters

National Health Funding Pool Administrator

National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS)

The National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) helps protect Australians and the environment by assessing the risks of industrial chemicals and providing information to promote their safe use

National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme

National Mental Health Commission (NMHC)

The National Mental Health Commission (NMHC) aims to give mental health and suicide prevention national attention, to influence reform and to help people live contributing lives by reporting, advising and collaborating

National Mental Health Commission

Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR)

Administers the gene technology regulatory system. The regulator is responsible for protecting the health and safety of people and the environment by identifying and managing risks posed by, or as a result of gene technology and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

Office of the Gene Technology Regulator

Professional Services Review (PSR)

The Professional Services Review (PSR) Agency aims to protect the Australian public from the risks and costs associated with inappropriate practice within Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)

Professional Services Review

Note: All portfolio agencies are directly financially accountable to Ministers, Parliament and/or the Australian Securities and Investment Commission under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act). 

Statutory office holders

There are 6 statutory office holders in the Health portfolio. They exercise independent statutory functions with administrative support from the department.

Five operate in the Department:

One operates within the National Health Funding Body:

Regulators

There are 5 Regulators:

Last updated: 
19 November 2018