Online version of the 2014-15 Department of Health Annual Report

Inside Back Cover

Page last updated: 16 October 2015

Department of Health

The Department of Health is a Department of State. In 2014-15, we operated under the Public Service Act 1999 and the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013, as a Non-corporate Commonwealth Entity.

Our History

The Commonwealth Department of Health was established in 1921, in part as response to the devastating effects of the Spanish influenza pandemic of 1919, and through the vision of Dr J H L Cumpston, the first head of the Department.

Over the last 94 years, the Department has continued to evolve and has undergone a number of changes in name and structure, with a wide variety of responsibilities including local government, housing, community and family services and aged care.

Following the 2013 election our name returned to the Department of Health. Administration of aged care transferred to the Department of Social Services. Responsibility for a number of Indigenous health programmes and functions were transferred to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and we regained responsibility for sport.

Previous Annual Reports

  • The image are of the covers of the 2011-12 Annual Reports.
  • The image are of the covers of the 2012-13 Annual Reports.
  • The image are of the covers of the 2013-14 Annual Reports.

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