Online version of the 2012-13 Department of Health and Ageing Annual Report

Overview of the Department

Page last updated: 29 October 2013

Departmental Executive

This is an image of the Departmental Executive. From left to right (back row): Chris Baggoley AO, Chief Medical Officer; David Learmonth, Deputy Secretary; David Martine, Deputy Secretary; Paul Madden, Deputy Secretary and Chief Information and Knowledge Officer; and Andrew Stuart, Deputy Secretary. (Front row): David Butt, Deputy Secretary; Jane Halton PSM and Centenary Medal, Secretary; and Kerry Flanagan, Deputy Secretary.

From left to right

(Back row): Chris Baggoley AO, Chief Medical Officer; David Learmonth, Deputy Secretary; David Martine, Deputy Secretary; Paul Madden, Deputy Secretary and Chief Information and Knowledge Officer; and Andrew Stuart, Deputy Secretary.

(Front row): David Butt, Deputy Secretary; Jane Halton PSM and Centenary Medal, Secretary; and Kerry Flanagan, Deputy Secretary.

Overview of the Department

The Department’s structure in 2012-13 was based around the key sectors of Australia’s health and ageing system and several cross-portfolio functions.

The Department’s state and territory offices represent the organisation’s interests at a local level and ensure appropriate integration of services on the ground with state and territory government agencies. The state and territory offices also work in cooperation with other Australian Government agencies.

Machinery of Government Changes

On 18 September 2013 the Prime Minister announced changes to the ‘Machinery of Government’. The Hon Peter Dutton MP became Minister for Health, with responsibility also for mental health, and Minister for Sport. Senator the Hon Fiona Nash became Assistant Minister for Health.

Key changes to the Department of Health and Ageing were:

  • The Department’s name was changed to the Department of Health.
  • Responsibility for aged care was transferred to the new Department of Social Services.
  • Responsibility for a number of Indigenous health programs and functions were transferred to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
  • Responsibility for sport and recreation was transferred to the Department from the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport.

Further details on changes to the Department’s responsibilities and legislation administered by the Department is included in the Administrative Arrangements Order issued by the Governor-General on 18 September 2013

This annual report is for the 2012-13 financial year, based on the Department of Health and Ageing’s structure as at 30 June 2013, and reports on the Department’s activities during 2012-13.