Department of Health and Aged Care

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Department of Health and Aged Care
Department of Health and Aged Care logo.gif
Department overview
Formed21 October 1998[1]
Preceding Department
Dissolved26 November 2001[1]
Superseding agency
JurisdictionCommonwealth of Australia
HeadquartersPhillip, Canberra
Minister responsible
Department executive

The Department of Health and Aged Care was an Australian government department that existed between October 1998 and November 2001.

The Department was created after the 1998 federal election, named to reflect new departmental responsibilities and functions.[2]


Information about the department's functions and/or government funding allocation could be found in the Administrative Arrangements Orders, the annual Portfolio Budget Statements, in the Department's annual reports and on the Department's website.

According to the Administrative Arrangements Order (AAO) made on 21 October 1998, the Department dealt with:[3]

  • Services for the aged, including carers
  • Public health and medical research
  • Health promotion and disease prevention
  • Primary health care of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Pharmaceutical benefits
  • Health benefits schemes
  • Specific health services, including human quarantine
  • National drug abuse strategy
  • Regulation of quality of therapeutic goods


The Department was an Australian Public Service department, staffed by officials who were responsible to the Minister for Health and Aged Care, Michael Wooldridge.[1]

The Secretary of the Department was Andrew Podger.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d CA 8616: Department of Health and Aged Care, Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 3 December 2013
  2. ^ a b Department of Health, History of the Department, Department of Health, archived from the original on 9 November 2013
  3. ^ Administrative Arrangements Order issued 21 October 1998 (PDF), National Archives of Australia, 21 October 1998, archived from the original (PDF) on 27 April 2013