Minister for Social Services (Australia)

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Minister for Social Services
Kevin Andrews - Anzac Day 2010 - 1.jpg
Incumbent
Kevin Andrews

since 18 September 2013
Style The Honourable
Appointer Governor-General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Australia
Inaugural holder Don Grimes
Formation 1984
Assistant Minister for Social Services
Incumbent
Mitch Fifield

since 18 September 2013
Style The Honourable
Appointer Governor-General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Australia
Inaugural holder Mitch Fifield
Formation 2013

The Australian Minister for Social Services is the Hon. Kevin Andrews MP, since 18 September 2013.

The Australian Assistant Minister for Social Services is Senator the Hon. Mitch Fifield, since 18 September 2013.

Portfolio[edit]

In the Government of Australia, the Ministers administer the portfolio through the Department of Social Services. Other portfolio bodies for which the Ministers are responsible include:

List of Ministers for Social Services[edit]

The following individuals have been appointed as Minister for Social Services, or any of its precedent titles:[1]

Order Minister Party Prime Minister Title Term start Term end Term in office
1 Don Grimes   Labor Hawke Minister for Community Services 13 December 1984 (1984-12-13) 16 February 1987 (1987-02-16) 2 years, 65 days
2 Chris Hurford   16 February 1987 (1987-02-16) 24 July 1987 (1987-07-24) 158 days
3 Neal Blewett   Minister for Community Services and Health 24 July 1987 (1987-07-24) 4 April 1990 (1990-04-04) 2 years, 254 days
4 Brian Howe   4 April 1990 (1990-04-04) 7 June 1991 (1991-06-07) 3 years, 355 days
  Minister for Health, Housing and Community Services 7 June 1991 (1991-06-07) 20 December 1991 (1991-12-20)
  Keating 20 December 1991 (1991-12-20) 24 March 1993 (1993-03-24)
  Minister for Housing, Local Government and Community Services 24 March 1993 (1993-03-24) 23 December 1993 (1993-12-23)
  Minister for Housing, Local Government and Human Services 23 December 1993 (1993-12-23) 25 March 1994 (1994-03-25)
5 Carmen Lawrence   Minister for Human Services and Health 25 March 1994 (1994-03-25) 11 March 1996 (1996-03-11) 1 year, 352 days
6 Michael Wooldridge   Liberal Howard Minister for Health and Family Services 11 March 1996 (1996-03-11) 21 October 1998 (1998-10-21) 2 years, 224 days
7 Jocelyn Newman   Minister for Family and Community Services 21 October 1998 (1998-10-21) 30 January 2001 (2001-01-30) 2 years, 101 days
8 Amanda Vanstone   30 January 2001 (2001-01-30) 7 October 2003 (2003-10-07) 2 years, 250 days
9 Kay Patterson   7 October 2003 (2003-10-07) 27 January 2006 (2006-01-27) 2 years, 112 days
10 Mal Brough   Minister for Families and Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 27 January 2006 (2006-01-27) 3 December 2007 (2007-12-03) 1 year, 310 days
11 Jenny Macklin   Labor Rudd Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 3 December 2007 (2007-12-03) 24 June 2010 (2010-06-24) 5 years, 289 days
  Gillard 24 June 2010 (2010-06-24) 14 December 2011 (2011-12-14)
  Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 14 December 2011 (2011-12-14) 27 June 2013 (2013-06-27)
  Rudd 27 June 2013 (2013-06-27) 18 September 2013 (2013-09-18)
12 Kevin Andrews   Liberal Abbott Minister for Social Services 18 September 2013 (2013-09-18) incumbent 362 days

List of Assistant Ministers for Social Services[edit]

The following individual has been appointed as Assistant Minister for Social Services:

Order Minister Party Prime Minister Title Term start Term end Term in office
1 Mitch Fifield   Liberal Abbott Assistant Minister for Social Services 18 September 2013 (2013-09-18) incumbent 362 days

Housing[edit]

List of housing ministers[edit]

The first Minister for Housing was Les Bury, appointed in 1963, although there were Ministers in charge of War Service Homes from 1932 to 1938 and 1941 to 1945. In 1945 Bert Lazzarini was appointed Minister for Works and Housing and this title continued until 1952, when Wilfrid Kent Hughes became Minister for Works. No minister included "works" or "construction" in his porfolio after Stewart West lost this title in 1987, partly reflecting the progressive outsourcing of the Commonwealth's construction activities and even ownership of assets. The John Howard government had no Minister of Housing, partly reflecting the decline of the significance of the commonwealth-state housing agreements as a means of providing new housing since the post-war years.

The following individuals have been appointed as Minister for Housing and Homelessness, or any precedent titles:[1]

Order Minister Party Title Term start Term end Term in office
1 Bert Lazzarini   Labor Minister for Works and Housing 13 July 1945 (1945-07-13) 1 November 1946 (1946-11-01) 1 year, 111 days
2 Nelson Lemmon 1 November 1946 (1946-11-01) 19 December 1949 (1949-12-19) 3 years, 48 days
3 Richard Casey Liberal 19 December 1949 (1949-12-19) 11 May 1951 (1951-05-11) 1 year, 143 days
4 Wilfrid Kent Hughes 11 May 1951 (1951-05-11) 4 June 1952 (1952-06-04) 1 year, 24 days
5 Les Bury Liberal Minister for Housing 18 December 1963 (1963-12-18) 26 January 1966 (1966-01-26) 2 years, 39 days
6 Annabelle Rankin 26 January 1966 (1966-01-26) 22 March 1971 (1971-03-22) 5 years, 55 days
7 Kevin Cairns 22 March 1971 (1971-03-22) 5 December 1972 (1972-12-05) 1 year, 258 days
8 Gough Whitlam1 Labor 5 December 1972 (1972-12-05) 19 December 1972 (1972-12-19) 14 days
9 Les Johnson 19 December 1972 (1972-12-19) 30 November 1973 (1973-11-30) 2 years, 169 days
Minister for Housing and Construction 30 November 1973 (1973-11-30) 6 June 1975 (1975-06-06)
10 Joe Riordan 6 June 1975 (1975-06-06) 11 November 1975 (1975-11-11) 158 days
11 John Carrick Liberal 11 November 1975 (1975-11-11) 22 December 1975 (1975-12-22) 41 days
12 Ivor Greenwood Minister for Environment, Housing and Community Development 22 December 1975 (1975-12-22) 8 July 1976 (1976-07-08) 199 days
13 Kevin Newman 8 July 1976 (1976-07-08) 20 December 1977 (1977-12-20) 1 year, 165 days
14 Ray Groom 20 December 1977 (1977-12-20) 5 December 1978 (1978-12-05) 2 years, 319 days
Minister for Housing and Construction 5 December 1978 (1978-12-05) 3 November 1980 (1980-11-03)
15 Tom McVeigh National Country 3 November 1980 (1980-11-03) 7 May 1982 (1982-05-07) 1 year, 185 days
16 Chris Hurford Labor Minister for Housing and Construction 11 March 1983 (1983-03-11) 13 December 1984 (1984-12-13) 1 year, 277 days
17 Stewart West 13 December 1984 (1984-12-13) 24 July 1987 (1987-07-24) 2 years, 223 days
18 Peter Morris Labor Minister for Housing and Aged Care 19 January 1988 (1988-01-19) 15 February 1988 (1988-02-15) 27 days
19 Peter Staples 15 February 1988 (1988-02-15) 7 May 1990 (1990-05-07) 2 years, 81 days
20 Brian Howe Minister for Community Services and Health 7 May 1990 (1990-05-07) 7 June 1991 (1991-06-07) 5 years, 309 days
Minister for Health, Housing and Community Services 7 June 1991 (1991-06-07) 24 March 1993 (1993-03-24)
Minister for Housing, Local Government and Community Services 24 March 1993 (1993-03-24) 23 December 1993 (1993-12-23)
Minister for Housing, Local Government and Human Services 23 December 1993 (1993-12-23) 25 March 1994 (1994-03-25)
Minister for Housing and Regional Development 25 March 1994 (1994-03-25) 11 March 1996 (1996-03-11)
21 Tanya Plibersek Labor Minister for Housing 3 December 2007 (2007-12-03) 14 September 2010 (2010-09-14) 4 years, 11 days
22 Mark Arbib Minister for Social Housing and Homelessness 14 September 2010 (2010-09-14) 14 December 2011 (2011-12-14) 1 year, 91 days
23 Robert McClelland Minister for Housing and Minister for Homelessness 14 December 2011 (2011-12-14) 5 March 2012 (2012-03-05) 82 days
24 Brendan O'Connor 5 March 2012 (2012-03-05) 25 March 2013 (2013-03-25) 1 year, 20 days
25 Mark Butler Minister for Housing and Homelessness 25 March 2013 (2013-03-25) 1 July 2013 (2013-07-01) 98 days
26 Julie Collins 1 July 2013 (2013-07-01) 18 September 2013 (2013-09-18) 79 days

Notes

1 Whitlam was one of a two-man ministry consisting of himself and Lance Barnard for two weeks until the full ministry was announced.

List of works ministers[edit]

The following individuals have been appointed as Minister for Works, or any other subsequent titles:[1]

Order Minister Party Title Term start Term end Term in office
1 Bert Lazzarini   Labor Minister for Works 2 February 1945 (1945-02-02) 13 July 1945 (1945-07-13) 161 days
Minister for Works and Housing 13 July 1945 (1945-07-13) 1 November 1946 (1946-11-01) 1 year, 111 days
2 Nelson Lemmon 1 November 1946 (1946-11-01) 19 December 1949 (1949-12-19) 3 years, 48 days
3 Richard Casey Liberal 19 December 1949 (1949-12-19) 11 May 1951 (1951-05-11) 1 year, 143 days
4 Wilfrid Kent Hughes 11 May 1951 (1951-05-11) 4 June 1952 (1952-06-04) 4 years, 245 days
Minister for Works 4 June 1952 (1952-06-04) 11 January 1956 (1956-01-11)
5 Allen Fairhall 11 January 1956 (1956-01-11) 10 December 1958 (1958-12-10) 2 years, 333 days
6 Gordon Freeth 10 December 1958 (1958-12-10) 18 December 1963 (1963-12-18) 5 years, 8 days
7 John Gorton 18 December 1963 (1963-12-18) 28 February 1967 (1967-02-28) 3 years, 72 days
8 Bert Kelly 28 February 1967 (1967-02-28) 28 February 1968 (1968-02-28) 1 year, 0 days
9 Reg Wright 28 February 1968 (1968-02-28) 5 December 1972 (1972-12-05) 4 years, 281 days
10 Gough Whitlam1 Labor 5 December 1972 (1972-12-05) 19 December 1972 (1972-12-19) 14 days
11 Jim Cavanagh 19 December 1972 (1972-12-19) 9 October 1973 (1973-10-09) 294 days
12 Les Johnson 9 October 1973 (1973-10-09) 30 November 1973 (1973-11-30) 1 year, 240 days
Minister for Housing and Construction 30 November 1973 (1973-11-30) 6 June 1975 (1975-06-06)
13 Joe Riordan 6 June 1975 (1975-06-06) 11 November 1975 (1975-11-11) 158 days
14 John Carrick Liberal 11 November 1975 (1975-11-11) 22 December 1975 (1975-12-22) 41 days
15 John McLeay Minister for Construction 22 December 1975 (1975-12-22) 5 December 1978 (1978-12-05) 2 years, 348 days
16 Ray Groom 5 December 1978 (1978-12-05) 3 November 1980 (1980-11-03) 1 year, 334 days
17 Tom McVeigh National Country 3 November 1980 (1980-11-03) 7 May 1982 (1982-05-07) 3 years, 153 days
18 Ralph Hunt Minister for Transport and Construction 7 May 1982 (1982-05-07) 11 March 1983 (1983-03-11) 308 days
19 Chris Hurford Labor Minister for Housing and Construction 11 March 1983 (1983-03-11) 13 December 1984 (1984-12-13) 1 year, 277 days
20 Stewart West 13 December 1984 (1984-12-13) 24 July 1987 (1987-07-24) 2 years, 223 days
21 David Beddall Labor Minister for Small Business, Construction and Customs 27 December 1991 (1991-12-27) 24 March 1993 (1993-03-24) 1 year, 87 days
22 Chris Schacht 24 March 1993 (1993-03-24) 11 March 1996 (1996-03-11) 2 years, 353 days

Notes

1 Whitlam was one of a two-man ministry consisting of himself and Lance Barnard for two weeks until the full ministry was announced.

List of urban development ministers[edit]

Order Minister Party Title Term start Term end Term in office
1 Tom Uren   Labor Minister for Urban and Regional Development 19 December 1972 (1972-12-19) 11 November 1975 (1975-11-11) 2 years, 327 days
2 John Carrick Liberal 11 November 1975 (1975-11-11) 22 December 1975 (1975-12-22) 41 days

List of ministers for aged care[edit]

Ministers for aged care or ageing were appointed from 1988 to 1993 and again from 1998 to 2013. The portfolio gained a mental health component in 2010. The latter returned to the health portfolio in 2013, with ageing moving to social services. The following individuals have been appointed as Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, or any of its precedent titles:[1]

Order Minister Party Title Term start Term end Term in office
1 Peter Morris   Labor Minister for Housing and Aged Care 19 January 1988 (1988-01-19) 15 February 1988 (1988-02-15) 27 days
2 Peter Staples 15 February 1988 (1988-02-15) 7 May 1990 (1990-05-07) 5 years, 64 days
Minister for Aged, Family and Health Services 7 May 1990 (1990-05-07) 24 March 1993 (1993-03-24)
3 Bronwyn Bishop Liberal Minister for Aged Care 21 October 1998 (1998-10-21) 26 November 2001 (2001-11-26) 3 years, 36 days
4 Kevin Andrews Minister for Ageing 26 November 2001 (2001-11-26) 7 October 2003 (2003-10-07) 1 year, 315 days
5 Julie Bishop 7 October 2003 (2003-10-07) 27 January 2006 (2006-01-27) 2 years, 112 days
6 Santo Santoro 27 January 2006 (2006-01-27) 21 March 2007 (2007-03-21) 1 year, 53 days
7 Christopher Pyne 21 March 2007 (2007-03-21) 3 December 2007 (2007-12-03) 257 days
8 Justine Elliot Labor 3 December 2007 (2007-12-03) 28 June 2010 (2010-06-28) 2 years, 207 days
9 Mark Butler Minister for Mental Health and Ageing 28 June 2010 (2010-06-28) 1 July 2013 (2013-07-01) 3 years, 3 days
10 Jacinta Collins 1 July 2013 (2013-07-01) 18 September 2013 (2013-09-18) 441 days

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Ministries and Cabinets". 43rd Parliamentary Handbook: Historical information on the Australian Parliament. Parliament of Australia. 2010. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 

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