This corporate plan is the primary strategic planning document for the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. It sets out the key strategies and activities we will pursue to achieve the organisation’s purposes. It covers the 2015–16 year in greatest detail but extends out to 2018–19.

The plan assists the Australian Parliament, the Australian Government and the people of Australia to assess how we are performing, how we use the public resources entrusted to us and how we cooperate with others to achieve wider objectives, in accordance with the requirements of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

Section 1, ‘About the AIHW’, records our purposes and key capabilities, and gives context to the significant activities we will pursue.

Section 2, ‘Our environment’, describes the nature and complexities of the environment in which we operate.

Section 3, ‘Our planned performance’, outlines the measures, targets and approach that we will use to assess our own performance.

Section 4, ‘Enhancing our capability’, presents our approach to building on the major inputs required to achieve our purposes during the course of this corporate plan, namely: workforce, information and communication technology, and capital investment.

Section 5, ‘Our priorities for 2015–16’, outlines our key areas of focus for the coming year in the context of our strategic directions. Uncertainty about the exact nature of the AIHW’s future—pending Australian Government decisions—has meant postponement of consultations with stakeholders about revision of our strategic directions. The priorities for 2015–16 will increase our capability to respond to the needs of our stakeholders and pursue any new strategic directions in the future.

Section 6, ‘Our risk oversight and management systems’, explains the systems we use to manage and control business risk, as well as measures we have implemented to ensure compliance with finance law.

The Appendixes provide information about members of the AIHW Board and further detail on the AIHW’s Portfolio Budget Statement deliverables and indicators.

The ‘Reader guides’ section comprises: a list of abbreviations; a glossary; references; related publications and a compliance index showing where to find information required by law to be published in this corporate plan.

Contact information is available on the final page, including information about how to provide feedback on this plan.