The Departments relationship with the Australian Government is a key relationship in the health and human services area.
There are a large number of complementary service interrelationships, for example around the provision of aged care, community care and homelessness. Financial assistance received from the Australian Government amounts to a significant percentage of DHHS funding. This money is largely in the form of Specific Purpose Payments (SPPs), provided through Commonwealth/State Agreements.
The DHHS works collaboratively with the central agencies Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPAC) and the Department of Treasury and Finance (DOTAF) to ensure a consistent Tasmanian approach to issues.
DPAC plays a coordinating role in ensuring that policy advice to Ministers attending Ministerial Council meetings is considered from a whole of government perspective. This includes convening, on a quarterly basis, an Intergovernmental Reference Group (IGRG) meeting comprising representatives from all government agencies. The objective of the IGRG is to provide a forum for the exchange of information regarding issues being discussed at a national level by portfolio agencies, including through relevant Ministerial Councils.
The peak intergovernmental forum is the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), of which the Premier is the Tasmanian representative.
At a National level, key policy, service and funding issues are managed through Ministerial Councils and Conferences.
At a local level, the Department maintains relationships with the local offices of the DOHA and FACS.