Stakeholder engagement

This section of the website outlines the department's commitment to stakeholder engagement.

Page last updated: 23 November 2015

Our aim for stakeholder engagement is to actively engage with our stakeholders using a common approach based on best practice to design and deliver high quality and innovative policy, programmes and regulations to achieve better health and wellbeing for all Australians, now and for future generations.

Stakeholder engagement is critical to the realisation of our strategic priorities and for the successful delivery of our vision. We value our stakeholders and the input and knowledge they can bring to any issue we are dealing with. Our stakeholders include peak bodies, NGOs, industry, health professionals and consumers as well as other government departments and agencies at the Commonwealth, and state and territory level.

A capability review of the department identified stakeholder engagement as an area for improvement. As a result we have undertaken a major piece of work to build our capacity to engage effectively with our stakeholders.

We invite our stakeholders to be involved in how we improve our engagement interactions and build and maintain effective working relationships.

The department has adopted five key principles to guide stakeholder engagement activities. These principles set the standards to which we aspire in building consistent, open and respectful working relationships. In return we ask for honesty and respect from our stakeholders when dealing with the department.

A stakeholder engagement framework represents the department's commitment to work effectively with our stakeholders, to listen and learn, and to continue to improve our performance.

The department will monitor the application of its stakeholder engagement commitment regularly to review and continuously improve our engagement interactions and working relationships.

For more information or to provide feedback on the stakeholder engagement strategy, please email the stakeholder engagement policy team. All enquiries not related to the department's stakeholder engagement strategy should go through the general enquiries process.