Department of Social Services (Australia)

This article is about the present-day Australian Government Department of Social Services. For the defunct Australian Government 1939–1972 Department of Social Services, see Department of Social Services (1939–1972).
Department of Social Services

The head office of the Department of Social Services, located in Greenway, ACT.
Department overview
Formed 18 September 2013 (2013-09-18)[1]
Preceding Department
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Employees 3,652 (at June 2014)[2]
Ministers responsible
Department executive
Child agencies

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,[3] 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 head office of the department is located in the Australian Capital Territory suburb of Greenway.


The department was formed by way of an Administrative Arrangements Order issued on 18 September 2013[4] 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.[5][6][7]

Operational activities

In an Administrative Arrangements Order made on 18 September 2013, the functions of the department were broadly classified into the following matters:[4]

See also


  1. CA 9434: Department of Social Services [II], Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 9 April 2014
  2. Australian Public Service Commission (2014), Main features:APS at a glance, archived from the original on 5 October 2014
  3. 1 2 "Secretary". Department of Education. Commonwealth of Australia. October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  4. 1 2 "Administrative Arrangements Order" (PDF). Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Commonwealth of Australia. 18 September 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  5. Packham, Ben (18 September 2013). "Tony Abbott puts broom through bureaucracy". The Australian. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  6. Tony Abbott (18 September 2013). "The Coalition will restore strong, stable and accountable government". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (Press release). Canberra, Australia: Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  7. Wilson, Lauren (19 September 2013). "Coalition carves up the public service". The Australian. Retrieved 24 September 2013.

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