2.1 The NBA role

The National Blood Authority (NBA), an Australian Government agency within the health and ageing portfolio, is responsible for ensuring the adequate, safe, secure and affordable supply of blood and blood-related products.

The National Blood Authority Act 2003 and National Blood Agreement outline the role of the NBA. This role includes:

The NBA Corporate Plan 2006-09 (approved by all Health Ministers), shows when and how specific activities will be carried out. The execution and timing of these activities depends on the funding provided by governments, the endorsement of priorities by the Jurisdictional Blood Committee (JBC) and decisions made by the Australian Health Ministers’ Conference (AHMC).

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