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TGA business plan 2013-2014

Therapeutic Goods Administration

19 December 2013

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Alliances and shared responsibilities

Role of state offices

Most TGA employees (95%) are based in the ACT. There are currently 18 staff located in Sydney, 23 in Melbourne, 6 staff in Brisbane, and 2 staff in Adelaide. Our Melbourne office staff relocated to the Department's Victorian State Office in August 2013.

Staff located outside the ACT primarily focus on medicines and devices authorisation (clinical roles and some nonclinical roles) and GMP inspection and support roles.

Cooperative work with other Australian Government agencies

The TGA collaborates closely with several of the regulators within the Health Portfolio and the Agriculture Portfolio on common issues. This includes:

  • Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ), on regulatory issues at the food-medicines interface
  • Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) on radiopharmaceuticals and diagnostic technologies
  • National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) on chemicals and cosmetics
  • Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) on gene technology in therapeutic goods
  • The Department of Agriculture on bio-security issues
  • Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) on veterinary medicines.

A Regulators' forum of the heads of these agencies, including the TGA National Manager, meets regularly and facilitates collaboration on harmonised training and exchange of best practice approaches for regulation in relevant food, agriculture and health areas.

In addition the TGA works closely with the following other government departments and agencies:

  • APVMA in relation to chemical and veterinary medicines scheduling issues
  • Departments of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Finance, Treasury and Attorney-General's Department on the formation of ANZTPA
  • Ombudsman's office in relation to provision of information and determination of complaints
  • Australian Customs and Border Protection Service in relation to importation and export of therapeutic goods
  • Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in relation to fair trading and consumer issues relating to promotion and use of therapeutic goods and health services.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander activities

Health is committed to having a diverse workforce. Targets have been set for all APS agencies to have 2.7% indigenous workforce by 2015.

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