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The AIHW was established as a statutory authority in 1987 by the Australian Institute of Health Act 1987 to report to the nation on the state of its health. In 1992, the role and functions of the then Australian Institute of Health were expanded to include welfare related information and statistics, making it the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. The Act is now titled the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act 1987 (Appendix 2).

The Act establishes the Board as the governing body, with the role and composition of the Board specified in s. 8(1) of the Act. The AIHW Board is accountable to the Parliament of Australia through the Minister for Health.

AIHW Board members

Mrs Louise Markus
Board Chairperson

Mr Barry Sandison
Director, AIHW

Ms Luise McCulloch (delegated)
Australian Statistician

Mr Mark Cormack (delegated) 
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 Gillian Adamson
Ministerial nominee

Ms Marissa Veld
Elected by AIHW staff

Charter of Corporate Governance

The AIHW Board has adopted a Charter of Corporate Governance (252KB PDF) that outlines the governance framework of the Institute. The charter describes, among other things:

  • legislation governing the operations of the AIHW
  • constitution of the board
  • conduct of board members and the Director
  • roles of board members
  • Board delegations
  • Board processes (such as conduct of meetings and dealing with role conflicts)
  • Board committees.