The AIHW was established as a Commonwealth statutory authority in 1987. The composition, functions, powers and obligations of the Institute are set out in its enabling legislation, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act 1987 (AIHW Act).

Here are some other Australian Government Acts and regulations that affect our work:

The AIHW Act establishes a Board as our governing body. The Board is accountable to the Parliament of Australia through the Minister for Health. The Act specifies the composition of the Board, which is headed by a Chairperson .

AIHW Board members

Mrs Louise Markus
Board Chairperson

Mr Barry Sandison
Director, AIHW

Ms Luise McCulloch (nominated)
Australian Statistician

Ms Caroline Edwards (nominated)  
Deputy Secretary, Department of Health

Dr Lyn Roberts AM
Ministerial nominee (with expertise in research into public health issues)

Dr Erin Lalor
Ministerial nominee (consumers of health services)

Mr Michael Perusco
Ministerial nominee (consumers of housing assistance services)  

Mr Andrew Goodsall
Ministerial nominee

Mr Philip Fagan-Schmidt
Member nominated by the state housing departments

Mr David Conry
Ministerial nominee (with knowledge of the needs of consumers of welfare services)

Ms Marilyn Chilvers
Member nominated by the Children and Families Secretariats Group

Dr Zoran Bolevich
Member nominated by the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council

Dr Simone Ryan
Ministerial nominee

Ms Marissa Veld
Elected by AIHW staff