Final Annual Report - Health Workforce Australia

Other Matters

Page last updated: 18 May 2015

Exemptions from requirements

HWA was not granted any exemptions from the Commonwealth Authorities (Annual Reporting) Orders 2011 during the Reporting Period.

Ministerial directions

There were no directions issued by the Minister for Health, or other Minister, under the HWA Act or other legislation during the Reporting Period.

No General Policy Orders were notified to HWA in the Reporting Period.

Related entity transactions

Related entity transactions are those where the HWA Board approves payment for a good or service provided by another entity, or provides a grant to another entity; and a HWA Board member is also a director of that other entity; and a single transaction, or the aggregate value of transactions (if there is more than 1) to that entity in a reporting period exceeds $10,000.

There were no related entity transactions approved by the HWA Board during the Reporting Period.

Significant events

Section 15 of the CAC Act required HWA to notify the Minister of significant events under section 15(1) of that Act.

There were no significant events in the Reporting Period.

Key changes to affairs or activities

The HWA Board was unable to achieve quorum during the period 1 February 2014 – 7 October 2014, following the expiry of eight Board members’ terms on 31 January 2014. During the inquorate period the Board did not make any material business decisions and reporting was provided to the remaining Board members in a business as usual way, until each of their respective voluntary resignations on 14 May 2014.

In the 2014-15 Federal Budget, the Australian Government announced a decision to abolish HWA as soon as possible and transfer its programmes and functions to the Department of Health. The Health Workforce Australia (Abolition) Bill 2014 was introduced into the Parliament on 15 May 2014 and received the Royal Assent on 24 September 2014. HWA was abolished on 8 October 2014.

Judicial decisions and reviews by outside bodies

In the Reporting Period, there were no legal actions lodged against HWA and no judicial decisions directly affecting HWA.

In the Reporting Period, the Australian National Audit Office reported on HWA’s financial statements for 2012-13. There were no reports about HWA by a Parliamentary Committee, the Commonwealth Ombudsman or the Office for the Australian Information Commissioner. However, it is noted that the Health Workforce Australia (Abolition) Bill 2014 was referred to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee, which produced a report on 14 July 2014 recommending that the Bill be passed.

Unobtainable information from subsidiaries

HWA did not have any subsidiaries.

Indemnities and insurance premiums for officers

HWA did not give an indemnity to an officer against a liability, including premiums paid, or agreed to be paid, for insurance against the officer’s liability for legal costs during the Reporting Period.

Disclosure requirements for government business enterprises

HWA was not a government business enterprise.