This National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Annual Report was prepared in accordance with section 83 of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992 and the Requirements for Annual Reports approved by the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit under subsections 63(2) and 70(2) of the Public Service Act 1999.
It is a record of NHMRC’s activities during 2013–14 and the performance and financial information presented in the 2013–14 NHMRC Portfolio (Agency) Budget Statement and 2013–14 NHMRC Portfolio Additional Estimates Statement.
The report is structured as follows:
PART ONE: OVERVIEW
Part One explains NHMRC’s broad strategic directions and priorities for 2013–14. It notes key issues, highlights achievements and describes the governance structure of NHMRC.
PART TWO: REPORT ON ACTIVITIES
Part Two is a comprehensive review of major activities under NHMRC’s Portfolio Budget Statement during 2013–14. Here, performance against the programme objectives for NHMRC is described.
PART THREE: CORPORATE REPORTING
Part Three details NHMRC’s governance, people and financial management arrangements. It provides a range of information including internal and external scrutiny, and payments for advertising and marketing research and consultancies. It reports on performance in fraud control, occupational health and safety, responding to Freedom of Information requests and ecologically sustainable development arrangements.
PART FOUR: FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
Part Four is an overview of NHMRC’s financial performance. It includes a report by the Australian National Audit Office and the complete set of audited financial statements for 2013–14.
PART FIVE: APPENDIXES
The appendixes contain statutory reporting information, including the composition and functions of NHMRC’s Council, Principal Committees and expert committees. They also provide other information to support the contents of the report, including NHMRC’s public consultation in the reporting period, and guidelines and health advice issued by NHMRC.