Department of Social Services (Australia)
The head office of the Department of Social Services, located in , ACT.
|Formed||18 September 2013|
|Jurisdiction||Commonwealth of Australia|
|Employees||3,652 (at June 2014)|
The Australian Department of Social Services is a department of the Government of Australia charged with the responsibility for national policies and programs that help deliver a strong and fair society for all Australians. The department develops and implements social policy.
The head of the department is the Secretary of the Department of Social Services, currently Finn Pratt, who reports to the Minister for Social Services, currently the Hon. Christian Porter MP and the Minister for Major Projects, Territories, and the Local Government, currently the Hon. Paul Fletcher MP. The ministers are assisted by the Assistant Minister for Disability Services, currently the Hon. Jane Prentice MP and the Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs, currently the Hon. Craig Laundy MP.
The department was formed by way of an Administrative Arrangements Order issued on 18 September 2013 and replaced the majority of the functions previously performed by the former Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA); with the exception of Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination, that was transferred to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
In an Administrative Arrangements Order made on 18 September 2013, the functions of the department were broadly classified into the following matters:
- Ageing research
- Income security and support policies and programs for families with children, carers, the aged, people with disabilities and people in hardship
- Income support policies for students and apprentices
- Services for families with children, people with disabilities and carers
- Services for older people, including their carers
- Policy for and promotion of active ageing, other than employment policy
- Community mental health
- Community support services
- Family relationship, Family and Children’s Support Services
- Social housing, rent assistance and homelessness
- Child support policy
- Housing affordability
- Services to help people with disabilities obtain employment
- Arrangements for the settlement of migrants and humanitarian entrants, other than migrant child and migrant adult education
- Non-profit sector and volunteering
- Multicultural affairs
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