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TGA business plan 2014-2015

Therapeutic Goods Administration

25 November 2014

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Operating environment

Deliverables and measures of success

Our deliverables and measures of their success are derived from the Department of Health's Portfolio Budget Statements 2014-15, namely:

  • Continuing the regulation of therapeutic goods for safety, effectiveness/performance and quality
    • percentage of premarket evaluations/assessments completed within legislated or other target timeframes
    • percentage of alleged breaches of the Act received that are assessed within 10 working days and an appropriate response initiated
    • percentage of domestic and overseas licencing and surveillance inspections completed within target timeframes
    • percentage of other TGA postmarket activities that took place within target timeframes
  • Implementing international harmonisation, work sharing and joint operations with comparable international regulators
    • enhanced cooperation and work sharing, including increased use of information from international regulators
  • Continuing the reform of regulation of therapeutic goods on the basis of risk, and contributing to the Government's deregulation agenda by identifying and progressing opportunities to reduce red tape.
    • Ongoing implementation of reforms in accordance with the published plan for TGA Reforms.
    • Number of reforms implemented to enhance TGA's regulatory processes.
    • Contribution to a review/s to identify opportunities to reduce regulatory burden.

In addition, we will continue to publish performance information, including six-monthly reports against agreed Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to provide quantitative and qualitative information on our organisational effectiveness and operational efficiency.

During 2014-15 we will continue to focus on risk in managing our regulatory activity.

Workforce planning

Implementation of a workforce planning framework and plan will help us in:

  • categorising the different roles undertaken by our workforce
  • forecasting supply and demand
  • identifying areas of key risk to workforce capacity through utilising a range of people metrics
  • developing strategies with priorities for human resource capacity and capability planning.

The TGA Workforce Plan 2013-15 adopts a risk based approach to analysing our current and future workforce development and maintaining a capable workforce that is able to meet current and future objectives.

The key strategies from the plan are to:

  • integrate workforce planning into the annual business planning process
  • actively manage our workforce profile
  • actively manage critical job roles to maintain a critical talent pool, for example medical officers and inspectors
  • increase capability and capacity in relation to regulatory reform and deregulation
  • manage attraction and retention of new staff in light of revised APS recruitment arrangements
  • increase mobility and flexibility of existing staff.

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