Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

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Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Department overview
Formed 3 December 2007
Preceding Department Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Dissolved 18 September 2013
Superseding agency Department of Social Services;
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (Indigenous affairs functions)
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Headquarters Greenway, Canberra
Employees 3,324 (at April 2013)[1]
Department executives Jeff Harmer, Secretary (2007‑11)[2]
Finn Pratt, Secretary (2011‑13)[2]
Website fahcsia.gov.au
The main entrance to FaHCSIA's national headquarters

The former Australian Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) was a department of the Government of Australia located in Greenway in Canberra. It was formed in 2007 and absorbed the former Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. As a result of an Administrative Arrangements Order issued on 18 September 2013, the Department of Social Services was established and assumed most of the responsibilities of FaHCSIA; with indigenous affairs functions assumed by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.[3][4][5]

Operational activities[edit]

The former department's role was to develop social policies and support affected Australian society and the living standards of Australian families. The Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination was a part of FaHCSIA. In the Administrative Arrangements Order of 3 December 2007, the functions of the department were broadly classified into the following matters:[6]

  • Income security policies and programs for families with children, carers, the aged and people in hardship
  • Services for families with children, people with disabilities and carers
  • Community support services, excluding the Home and Community Care program
  • Family relationship services
  • Housing policy co-ordination, welfare housing and rent assistance
  • Women's policies and programs
  • Indigenous policy co-ordination and the promotion of reconciliation
  • Community development employment projects

Administrative structure[edit]

Ministers and parliamentary secretaries for the former Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Start date End date Ministerial title Minister Ref.
3 Dec 2007 18 Sep 2013 Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Minister for Disability Reform
Jenny Macklin [7]
14 Dec 2011 18 Sep 2013 Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Community Services, Indigenous Employment and Economic Development
Minister for the Status of Women
Julie Collins [7]
25 Mar 2013 18 Sep 2013 Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers Amanda Rishworth [7]
1 Jul 2013 18 Sep 2013 Parliamentary Secretary for Housing and Homelessness Doug Cameron [7]
4 Feb 2013 1 Jul 2013 Minister for Housing and Homelessness Mark Butler [7]
4 Feb 2013 1 Jul 2013 Parliamentary Secretary for Homelessness and Social Housing Melissa Parke [7]
14 Sep 2010 25 Mar 2013 Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers Jan McLucas [7]
5 Mar 2012 Feb 2013 Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O'Connor [7]
14 Dec 2011 5 Mar 2012 Minister for Housing and Homelessness Robert McClelland [7]
14 Sep 2010 Nov 2011 Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development
Minister for Social Housing and Homelessness
Mark Arbib [7][8]
14 Sep 2010 Nov 2011 Minister for the Status of Women Kate Ellis [7][8]
3 Dec 2007 14 Sep 2010 Minister for Housing
Minister for Status of Women
Tanya Plibersek [7][8]
3 Dec 2007 14 Sep 2010 Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children's Services
Parliamentary Secretary for Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction
Bill Shorten [7][8]
3 Dec 2007 14 Sep 2010 Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector Ursula Stephens [7][8]

The Secretaries of the department were:

  • Dr Jeff Harmer (3 December 2007 to April 2011). Harmer had been appointed Secretary of the previous Department of Families and Community Services in October 2004.[8][9]
  • Mr Finn Pratt (April 2011 to 18 September 2013).[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Public Service Commission (2 December 2013), State of the Service Report: State of the Service Series 2012-13, Australian Public Service Commission, p. 253, archived from the original on 6 December 2013 
  2. ^ a b Gillard, Julia (21 December 2010). "Departmental Secretaries" (Press release). Archived from the original on 1 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Packham, Ben (18 September 2013). "Tony Abbott puts broom through bureaucracy". The Australian (News Corp Australia). Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Abbott, Tony (18 September 2013). "The Coalition will restore strong, stable and accountable government" (Press release). Canberra, Australia: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Wilson, Lauren (19 September 2013). "Coalition carves up the public service". The Australian (News Corp Australia). Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Administrative Arrangement Order of 3 December 2007" (PDF). Government of Australia. 3 December 2007. p. 19. Archived from the original on 28 April 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Former Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries, Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, retrieved 24 September 2013 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g CA 9193: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 22 April 2014 
  9. ^ Malone, Paul (November 2006), "Chapter 13: The People's Choice – Jeff Harmer, Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs", Australian Department Heads Under Howard: Career Paths and Practice (Collected articles from the Canberra Times), ANU E Press and ANZSOG, ISBN 1 920942 83 1, archived from the original on 27 September 2013