Department of Human Services and Health

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Department of Human Services and Health
Department overview
Formed23 December 1993[1]
Preceding Department
Dissolved11 March 1996[1]
Superseding agency
JurisdictionCommonwealth of Australia
HeadquartersPhillip, Canberra
Ministers responsible
Department executives

The Department of Human Services and Health was an Australian government department that existed between December 1993 and March 1996.

The Department was created when the Department of Health, Housing, Local Government and Community Services changed its name.[2]


Information about the department's functions and/or government funding allocation could be found in the Administrative Arrangements Orders, the annual Portfolio Budget Statements and in the Department's annual reports.

According to the Administrative Arrangements Order (AAO) made on 15 December 1993, the Department dealt with:[3]

  • Services for the aged, people with disabilities and families with children
  • Community support services
  • Housing
  • Public health and medical research
  • Health promotion and disease prevention
  • Pharmaceutical benefits
  • Health benefits schemes
  • Specific health services, including human quarantine
  • National drug abuse strategy
  • Matters relating to local government.


The Department was an Australian Public Service department, staffed by officials who were responsible to the Minister.[1]

The Secretary of the Department was Anthony Stuart Cole (until July 1994) and then Stephen Duckett.[1][2][4]


  1. ^ a b c d CA 7853: Department of Human Services and Health, Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 2 December 2013
  2. ^ a b Department of Health, History of the Department, Department of Health, archived from the original on 9 November 2013
  3. ^ Administrative Arrangements Order issued 15 December 1993 (PDF), National Archives of Australia, 15 December 1993, p. 4, archived from the original (PDF) on 27 April 2013
  4. ^ Keating, Paul (7 October 1994). "STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER, THE HON P J KEATING, MP APPOINTMENT OF SECRETARY, DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES AND HEALTH" (Press release). Archived from the original on 18 January 2014.