About the CDC
We are establishing an Australian CDC to improve Australia's response and preparedness for public health emergencies.
By establishing an Australian CDC we will build on our nation’s existing strengths and capabilities, drive better health outcomes for all Australians, and help protect our country from whatever nationally significant health threats we may face in the future.
Why it is important
Over the past three years Australia has endured many public health emergencies. The response to these emergencies has been intense and our national capabilities have been challenged.
All Australians will benefit from improved pandemic preparedness and response, as well as a renewed focus on preventing chronic disease.
The Australian CDC will drive and deliver better health outcomes for all Australians, help to prevent and control communicable diseases and protect Australia in the face of national health emergencies.
The Australian CDC will:
- ensure ongoing pandemic preparedness
- lead the national response to future health emergencies
- work to prevent and control non-communicable (chronic) and communicable (infectious) diseases.
Who we work with
To set up the Australian CDC, we are consulting and working with:
- state and territory governments
- health and aged care stakeholders
- academics and the research sector
- international counterparts.
The Australian Government has committed $90.9 million in the 2023-24 May Budget to support the establishment of an interim Australian CDC within the Department of Health and Aged Care from 1 January 2024. The Australian Government Chief Medical Officer will serve as head of the interim Australian CDC.
This funding will also support:
- finalising the scoping and consultation to inform the functions for the Australian CDC.
- implementing new functions and expanding existing functions.
- supporting the establishment of the standalone Australian CDC, including the passage of legislation and continued consultation with stakeholders.
The interim Australian CDC will initially focus on delivering the Australian Government’s election commitment, focussing on pandemic preparedness and preventing communicable diseases. The Australian CDC will also provide national leadership in preventive health across both communicable and non-communicable diseases.
A phased approach will be taken to establish the Australian CDC in a sustainable manner, with further work to occur throughout 2023 to determine details of the standalone Australian CDC.
October 2022-23 Budget
The Australian Government provided a total of $3.2 million in the October 2022-23 Budget for the preparations to establish an Australian CDC.
In November and December 2022, we invited select stakeholders to join a targeted consultation process exploring the roles and responsibilities of an Australian CDC. This included:
- workshops held in each capital city
- a virtual workshop
- written responses to the CDC consultation paper.
Following this consultation, we released the independently prepared CDC stakeholder consultation report. The report summarises stakeholder feedback from both written submissions to the CDC Consultation Paper and workshop participation.
This feedback will inform advice to government on the scope and functions of an Australian CDC.