The position of Australian Minister for Social Inclusion existed between 2007 and 2013, but was abolished on 1 July 2013. The portfolio was part of the Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio.
The first Social Inclusion Minister in Australia, appointed in 2004, was the Premier of South Australia Mike Rann, who held the portfolio until his retirement as Premier in October 2011. In 2002 Premier Rann established the Social Inclusion Intitiative headed by Monsignor David Cappo, who was later appointed as the state's Social Inclusion Commissioner, sitting on the Executive Committee of Cabinet. The Initiative led to a big investment in strategies to combat homelessness, including establishing the Common Ground program and Street to Home initiative, the ICAN flexible learning strategy to improve school retention and major funding to revamp mental health in South Australia.