What we do
The Australian Department of Health is the chief steward of Australia’s health and aged care system and sporting programs.
Our vision is better health and wellbeing for all Australians, now and for future generations.
We aim to achieve our vision through evidence-based policy, well targeted programs and best practice regulation.
Our strategic priorities include:
- better health and ageing outcomes for all Australians
- an affordable, quality health and aged care system
- better sport outcomes.
Our work involves the following:
- Awareness and education
We provide information and advice to the Australian community on health, ageing and aged care topics and issues.
- Consultation and engagement
We work with stakeholders including members of the public, other government agencies, peak bodies and service providers.
- Initiatives and programs
We work on initiatives and programs to deliver services and activities in health, aged care and sport.
We identify and investigate issues and develop policy to provide the best possible solutions to challenges across health, ageing and aged care, and sport.
- Regulation and compliance
We regulate the health and aged care system to protect your health and safety.
We use research to make sure our ideas are sound and that you receive the best possible treatment and care.
- Grants and tenders
We manage tenders and grants to deliver activities, goods and services.
- Corporate reporting
Browse our corporate plan, annual reports, budget statements, senate order listings, and Freedom of Information (FOI) disclosures.
At Health, employees are able to contribute ideas and learn new skills in an environment which draws upon diversity and fosters innovation and high performance. Your work will affect the lives of real Australians.
Key Programs and Initiatives
National Immunisation Program which aims to increase immunisation coverage to reduce the number of diseases that are preventable by vaccination in Australia.
Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) is supporting our inspiring researchers to discover the next penicillin, pacemaker, cervical cancer vaccine, or cochlear ear.
Ageing and Aged Care provides information, tools and resources to support the aged care sector through well-targeted, and best regulation that promotes equity of access, quality care and the protection of vulnerable consumers.
Indigenous Health works closely with other Government Department to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through Close the Gap initiatives and other programs.
My Health Record is a recently introduced initiative which allows you to control your health information securely in one place.
Office of Sport coordinates the Australian Government’s involvement in major sporting events hosted by Australia.
More information on the work of the department including the 2017-18 Annual Report and programs and campaigns and can be viewed on the Department of Health’s website.