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13.1 The Department

Our senior executive team

 Acting Deputy Secretary Annette Musolino, Deputy Secretaries Catherine Rule, John Murphy and Amanda Cattermole, Secretary Renée Leon, Acting Deputy Secretary Michelle Lees (back), Chief Operating Officer Roxanne Kelley and Chief Information Officer Michael McNamara.

Figure 2: Senior Executive Team as at July 2019

Left to right: Acting Deputy Secretary Annette Musolino, Deputy Secretaries Catherine Rule, John Murphy and Amanda Cattermole, Secretary Renée Leon, Acting Deputy Secretary Michelle Lees (back), Chief Operating Officer Roxanne Kelley and Chief Information Officer Michael McNamara.

Purpose

The department delivers payments and associated services on behalf of partner agencies; and provides related advice to government on social welfare, health and child support service delivery policy.

General role and functions

The department delivers payments and services to almost every Australian. It delivers:

  • Centrelink payments and services for seniors, job seekers, families, carers, parents, students, people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people living overseas, and people who need support at times of major change, including following natural disasters
  • aged care payments to services funded under the Aged Care Act 1997, including residential care, home care and flexible care services
  • health payments and services such as Medicare, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, digital health information, the Private Health Insurance Rebate, the Australian Immunisation Register, the National Bowel Cancer Screening Register, the Australian Organ Donor Register, and related services for veterans and their spouses and dependants
  • Child Support services for separated parents to provide financial support for their children
  • other services, including the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme and the whole-of-government myGov service.