Message from the SecretaryThe Department of Health has a long and proud history of supporting the Government to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians.
Since I began as Secretary in October 2014, the department has considered how we can evolve to address Australia’s emerging health challenges. Our aim is to always be the government’s pre-eminent advisor on the Australian health system.
We have reviewed our priorities and capability. We have examined our structure through a functional alignment process. As we work to consolidate these changes, by improving our skills, systems and structures, we will enhance our ability to deliver outcomes.
Importantly, we have also asked our stakeholders how we can best partner with them to shape our vision for the future of the department and the health system. This has provided an opportunity to reaffirm our strategic priorities and core capabilities, and reinforce our world-class reputation.
Health’s Strategic Intent 2015-19 defines our vision, purpose and strategic priorities. It has guided the development of this corporate plan and will continue to inform our business planning processes.
This is our first corporate plan developed under the new Enhanced Commonwealth Performance Framework and it foreshadows the next steps in our organisational change process. Over the coming years, we will continue to identify opportunities for innovation and improvement. We must evolve to be unified, agile and well placed to respond to the continually changing health landscape.
This corporate plan is intended to be transitional and evolutionary. It aligns with the strategic direction and outcomes published in the 2015-16 Health Portfolio Budget Statements.
As the accountable authority of the Department of Health, I present the 2015-16 Department of Health Corporate Plan, which covers the periods of 2015-16 through 2018-19, as required under paragraph 35(1)(b) of the Public Governance Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act).
Martin Bowles PSM
Secretary, Department of Health