2011–14 FaHCSIA
Strategic Framework

Why we are here

Government priorities

Our vision

A strong and fair society for all Australians

Our mission

Supporting our Minister by collaboratively developing and implementing excellent social policy

Why we are here

Government priorities

The Department’s activities are set in a wider context shaped by the highest level directions set by Government and our Ministers. Our system of government operates under a separation of powers between the Parliament, the executive and the judiciary. The Australian public service serves the Executive arm by providing impartial, professional advice to the government of the day.

The Department’s vision statement articulates what we aspire to achieve and our mission statement describes what we are here to do.

Our vision

Our vision supports the Government’s view that for Australia to stay strong socially and economically, we need everyone to contribute. Governments are responsible for creating opportunities for everyone to participate. This involves individuals taking personal responsibility to work, if they can, to care for their children and families and to take control of their lives.

Our mission

For our Minister, we provide the best possible advice, develop policies and programs and deliver services aimed at improving the lives of all Australians.

FaHCSIA does its work with and through others to achieve these goals. The Government has high expectations that its agencies will work together to achieve the best possible solutions for complex social and economic policy challenges. FaHCSIA does this both as the lead agency for many initiatives but also by contributing to other agencies’ efforts to achieve their objectives.

We work in partnership with state, territory and local governments to develop solutions and deliver programs. FaHCSIA also has long-standing relationships with the not-for-profit sector, which delivers to Australians many of the programs the Department administers.

We also work with our portfolio bodies, such as Indigenous Business Australia, Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency and the Social Security Appeals Tribunal, in achieving shared whole of government outcomes.

What we aim to do

What we aim to do

The Department’s key aims over 2011-14 are to:

Focused on

Focused on

FaHCSIA focuses on our priority groups as identified by government and articulated in our Portfolio Budget Statements. These are:

How we do it

Supported by

How we do it

The effectiveness of the Department depends not only on our ability to deliver the Government’s priorities but to have in place a set of strategies and services which support the whole Department. We also need to ensure the organisation is well positioned to take up reforms for the Australian Public Service.

The characteristics which will guide ‘how we do business’ are:

providing robust, evidence-based, innovative advice to Government – providing frank and fearless advice to Government that allows it to make decisions in support of its objectives
effective, considered and timely implementation of Government decisions - focus on achieving desired outcomes in practical ways
building and sustaining productive relationships with our partners to achieve outcomes – our relationships influence how we develop and how we deliver social policy
effectively leading and working across governments – working collaboratively to achieve excellence in social policy.

Supported by:

A capable, informed and adaptive workforce – we value our people and recognise that they deliver our outcomes
Efficiently managed resources to address priorities – we direct our resources to the things that matter most to government and to the achievement of our outcomes
Strong governance and risk management – we align operational planning and decision making with our strategic direction.

Our people

We achieve results by

  • Teamwork
  • Establishing a clear direction
  • Understanding the context
  • Leading by example
  • Effective engagement
  • Rapid closure

We value

  • Respect
  • Innovation
  • Professionalism
  • Learning
  • Taking responsibility

Our People

Delivering on outcomes requires commitment to achieving results.

We do this through:

Our values encompass: