Department of Health and Ageing

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Department of Health and Ageing
Department overview
Formed26 November 2001[1]
Preceding Department
Dissolved18 September 2013
Superseding agency
JurisdictionCommonwealth of Australia
HeadquartersPhillip, Australian Capital Territory
Employees5,251 (at April 2013)[2]
Annual budgetOver $36 billion (in 2004–2005)[3]
Department executive

The Australian Federal Department of Health and Ageing was an Australian government department that existed between November 2001 and September 2013.

The department was created after the 2001 federal election from the Department of Health and Aged Care.[4]


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 26 November 2001, the department dealt with:[5]

  • 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
  • Notification and assessment of industrial chemicals
  • Gene technology regulation


The department was an Australian Public Service department, staffed by officials who were responsible to the Minister and assisting parliamentary secretary.[1]

The secretary of the department was Jane Halton, appointed in January 2002.[1][4][6]



  1. ^ a b c "CA 8867: Department of Health and Ageing, Central Office", National Archives of Australia, retrieved 9 February 2021
  2. ^ Australian Public Service Commission (2 December 2013), State of the Service Report: State of the Service Series 2012-13 (PDF), Australian Public Service Commission, p. 253, archived from the original (PDF) on 6 December 2013
  3. ^ Department of Health and Ageing 2005, p. ii.
  4. ^ a b Department of Health, History of the Department, Department of Health, archived from the original on 9 November 2013
  5. ^ Administrative Arrangements Order issued 26 November 2001 (PDF), National Archives of Australia, 26 November 2001, archived from the original (PDF) on 27 April 2013
  6. ^ Howard, John (18 January 2002). "SENIOR APPOINTMENTS - DEPARTMENTAL SECRETARIES" (Press release). Archived from the original on 10 November 2013.