Governance

Health Workforce Australia (HWA) is a Commonwealth statutory authority established by the Health Workforce Australia Act 2009.

The Health Workforce Australia Act 2009 recognises that:

  • HWA is a body corporate and Commonwealth authority under the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997.

  • The HWA Board is the peak governing body of HWA and is responsible for ensuring the proper and efficient performance of HWA’s functions.

  • The Chief Executive Officer of HWA is responsible for the day-to-day administration of HWA.

  • HWA may establish committees to advise or assist in the performance of its functions. This includes the Standing Advisory Committees which provide advice to HWA’s Board on key health workforce issues, emerging educational and service delivery issues and trends, the development and implementation of HWA programs and effective stakeholder relations approaches.

For more information, please see the Health Workforce Australia Act 2009 (pdf, 72kb). 


Our Board

The HWA Board is responsible for ensuring the proper and efficient performance of HWA’s functions, as specified in the Health Workforce Australia Act 2009. The Board has power to do all things necessary and convenient to be done for, or in connection with, the performance of its duties.

Board members are appointed by the Commonwealth Health Minister, in consultation with state and territory Health Ministers. Appointments are made on a part-time basis for a minimum of three years and a maximum of five years. All Board members are non-executive directors.

The HWA Board consists of an independent chair, a nominee from the Commonwealth and from each state and territory, and up to three independent members. The current members of the HWA Board are:

The Health Workforce Australia Act 2009 enables HWA to establish committees to advise or assist it in the performance of its functions. HWA’s current committees include Standing Advisory Committees which provide advice to HWA’s Board on key health workforce issues, emerging educational and service delivery issues and trends, the development and implementation of HWA programs and effective stakeholder relations approaches.


Our Structure

HWA is led by its Chief Executive Officer who has responsibility for the day-to-day administration of the organisation and the execution of all directions given by the HWA Board. With the support of the Executive team, the Chief Executive Officer ensures that the Board is provided with all necessary information to enable it to fulfil its governance responsibilities.

The Executive meets on a weekly basis to consider matters relating to strategic business planning, organisational governance and risk management. HWA’s Executive Team comprises:

 

 HWA Organisational Structure