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The AIHW Corporate Plan is an umbrella document for the Institute's planning processes. It provides the foundation for establishing, recording, refining and assigning priorities to the AIHW's activities and procedures.
The 1996-1999 Corporate Plan is a clear and concise statement of the mission, values, objectives and strategies of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
The Institute's functions and powers are set out in the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act 1987. These powers are enabling rather than giving clear operating guidance to the Institute. The Corporate Plan is designed to put the powers and functions in the context of current needs for health and welfare information and reflect current human and financial resources available to the Institute.
Increasing clarity in mission and values is essential as the Institute grows and matures, and notably because it now attracts significant amounts of contract funding. Potential tensions between the needs of funders and the Institute's essential objectivity and independence, between the needs of information users, data subjects and data providers and between competing priorities within the Institute can be addressed against the backdrop of the plan.
The plan has been endorsed by the Institute's Board, following detailed input from Board members on an earlier draft. That draft in turn developed from a conference of all senior staff of the Institute and its collaborating units early in 1996 which focused on how the Institute could best respond to the Australian health and welfare priorities in the later 1990s. I want to thank all Board members and staff who took part in this process, as well as the Secretary of the Department of Health and Family Services, Andrew Podger, who joined the senior staff conference early in his role as Secretary to present his views on the role of the Institute.
The Corporate Plan will not sit idly on a shelf until 1999. The Institute's Work Program will be systematically reviewed against the plan within the first year of its life, first to remove any items that are not relevant to, or have lesser priority in the context of, the plan, and second to ensure all strategies in the plan are receiving attention in the Work Program. The results of this review will be considered by the Board as soon as feasible.
I am confident that the Institute's structures and processes are appropriate to the Corporate Plan, so all efforts can be immediately applied to its implementation. I commend the plan to all clients, funders and staff of the Institute and its collaborating units. Any feedback will be welcomed, and I envisage the plan will be fully reviewed in early 1999.
We inform community discussion and decision making through national leadership in the development and provision of authoritative and timely information and analysis on the health and welfare of Australians.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act 1987 specifies that the scope of the Institute's work covers data on the health of Australians and on their health and welfare services, including housing assistance.
Information on the broader concept of wellbeing comes from many sources, including the Institute and the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
We contribute to improving the health and wellbeing of Australians by observing these values in all our work:
To be the leading agency in Australia in coordinating, developing, collecting where appropriate, and analysing data, and disseminating accurate, consistent and timely information and statistics, on the health of Australians and their health and welfare services.
To ensure access to the Institute's information through provision of comprehensive, timely and authoritative output.
To develop continuing relationships with data providers that result in efficient provision of timely, high quality data and related material in mutually acceptable forms.
Minimise reporting load
Timeliness and security
To have an equitable, flexible and supportive work environment which values, empowers and develops staff.
Training and development
To continue to upgrade the efficiency of our operations through improved arrangements with data providers, staff skills and information technology.
To be the national authority on information about health and health and welfare services, and to be recognised as such by all levels of government and the wider community.
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