Our portfolio

The Health and Aged Care portfolio includes agencies and statutory office holders. These agencies help us deliver the Australian Government’s health policies and programs.

The Department of Health and Aged Care pursues the achievement of the portfolio outcomes in association with a number of other agencies and statutory office holders in the portfolio. 

Portfolio agencies

  • Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission

    The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission (ACQSC) protects and enhances the safety, health, wellbeing and quality of life of people receiving aged care.
  • Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC)

    The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) works in partnership with patients, consumers, clinicians, managers, policy makers and healthcare organisations to achieve a sustainable, safe and high-quality health system.
  • Australian Digital Health Agency

    Australian Digital Health Agency (the Agency) aims to improve health outcomes for Australians through the delivery of national digital health services and systems. They focus on putting data and technology safely to work for patients, consumers and the healthcare professionals who look after them.
  • Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS)

    The Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS) helps protect Australians and the environment by assessing the risks of industrial chemicals and providing information to promote their safe use.
  • Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)

    The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) produces high-quality reports and other information products, on key health and welfare issues in Australia. These are used to improve the delivery of health and welfare for Australians.
  • Australian Organ and Tissue Authority (OTA)

    The Organ and Tissue Authority (OTA) works with states and territories, clinicians and the community sector to deliver the Australian Government's national program to improve organ and tissue donation and transplantation outcomes in Australia.
  • Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA)

    The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) aims to protect Australians from radiation exposure, ensure emergency preparedness, promote effective use of ionising radiation in medicine and ensure appropriate regulation and enforcement activities.
  • Australian Sports Commission

    The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) is a Commonwealth entity within the Australian Government’s Department of Health and Aged Care Portfolio.
  • Australian Sports Foundation (ASF)

    The Australian Sports Foundation (ASF) aims to help Australians athletes, organisations and sporting clubs, from the grassroots level through to the elite, fundraise to achieve their sporting dreams.
  • Cancer Australia

    Cancer Australia (CA) aims to reduce the impact of cancer, improve outcomes for people affected by cancer and lead and coordinate national, evidence-based interventions for cancer control and care.
  • Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ)

    Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) develops standards that regulate the use of ingredients, processing aids, colourings, additives, vitamins and minerals, composition of some foods and foods developed by new technologies.
  • Independent Health and Aged Care Pricing Authority (IHACPA)

    The Independent Health and Aged Care Pricing Authority (IHACPA) aims to ensure all Australians have fair access to transparent, sustainable and high-quality health and aged care.
  • National Blood Authority (NBA) contact

    The National Blood Authority (NBA) manages and coordinates arrangements for the supply of blood, blood products and blood services and their use, on behalf of the Australian Government and state and territory governments.
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

    The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funds high quality health and medical research to build research capability, support researchers, encourage the translation of research into better health outcomes and promote the highest ethical standards for health and medical research.
  • National Health Funding Body (NHFB)

    The National Health Funding Body (NHFB) is an independent statutory authority. They aim to assist the Administrator of the National Health Funding Pool (the Administrator) in enabling and supporting more transparent and efficient public hospital funding and reporting.
  • National Mental Health Commission (NMHC)

    The National Mental Health Commission (NMHC) aims to give mental health and suicide prevention national attention, to influence reform and to help people live contributing lives by reporting, advising and collaborating.
  • Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR)

    Office of the Gene Technology Regulator administers the gene technology regulatory system. The regulator is responsible for protecting the health and safety of people and the environment by identifying and managing risks posed by, or as a result of gene technology and Genetically Modified Organisms.
  • Professional Services Review (PSR)

    The Professional Services Review (PSR) Agency aims to protect the Australian public from the risks and costs associated with inappropriate practice within Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).
  • Sport Integrity Australia

    Sport Integrity Australia brings together the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA), the National Integrity of Sport (NISU) and the national integrity programs of Sport Australia as one entity providing national coordination and streamlined support to sports.

Note: All portfolio agencies are directly financially accountable to Ministers, Parliament and/or the Australian Securities and Investment Commission under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act).

Statutory office holders

There are 8 statutory office holders in the Health and Aged Care portfolio. They exercise independent statutory functions with administrative support from the department.

Six operate in the Department:

One operates within the National Health Funding Body:

One operates within the National Health and Medical Research Council:

Regulators

There are 4 Regulators:

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