Minister for Social Services (Australia)

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Minister for Social Services
Christian Porter Portrait 2015.jpg
Incumbent
Christian Porter

since 21 September 2015
Style The Honourable
Appointer Governor-General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Australia
Inaugural holder Frederick Stewart
Formation 1939
Minister for Major Projects, Territories, and Local Government
Incumbent
Paul Fletcher

since 21 September 2015
Style The Honourable
Appointer Governor-General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Australia
Inaugural holder Bert Lazzarini
(as Minister for Works)
Formation 1945

The Australian Minister for Social Services oversees Australian government social services, including Mental health, families and children's policy, and support for carers and people with disabilities, and seniors.[1]

The current Minister for Social Services is the Hon. Christian Porter MP, since 21 September 2015.[2]

The Minister for Major Projects, Territories, and Local Government is the Hon. Paul Fletcher MP, since 21 September 2015.

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:[3]

Order Minister Party Prime Minister Title Term start Term end Term in office
1 Frederick Stewart   United Australia Menzies Minister for Social Services 26 April 1939 29 August 1941 2 years, 164 days
Fadden 29 August 1941 7 October 1941
2 Jack Holloway   Labor Curtin 7 October 1941 21 September 1943 1 year, 349 days
3 James Fraser 21 September 1943 6 July 1945 2 years, 270 days
Forde 6 July 1934 13 July 1945
Chifley 13 July 1945 18 June 1946
4 Nick McKenna 18 June 1946 19 December 1949 3 years, 184 days
5 Bill Spooner   Liberal Menzies 19 December 1949 11 May 1951 1 year, 143 days
6 Athol Townley 11 May 1951 9 July 1954 3 years, 59 days
7 William McMahon 9 July 1954 28 February 1956 1 year, 234 days
8 Hugh Roberton   Country 28 February 1956 21 January 1965 8 years, 328 days
9 Reginald Swartz   Liberal 21 January 1965 22 February 1965 32 days
10 Ian Sinclair   Country 22 February 1965 26 January 1966 3 years, 6 days
Holt 26 January 1966 19 December 1967
McEwen 19 December 1967 10 January 1968
Gorton 10 January 1968 28 February 1968
11 Bill Wentworth   Liberal 28 February 1968 10 March 1971 4 years, 281 days
McMahon 10 March 1971 5 December 1972
12 Lance Barnard   Labor Whitlam 5 December 1972 19 December 1972 14 days
13 Don Grimes   Labor Hawke Minister for Community Services 13 December 1984 (1984-12-13) 16 February 1987 (1987-02-16) 2 years, 65 days
14 Chris Hurford   16 February 1987 (1987-02-16) 24 July 1987 (1987-07-24) 158 days
15 Neal Blewett   Minister for Community Services and Health 24 July 1987 (1987-07-24) 4 April 1990 (1990-04-04) 2 years, 254 days
16 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)
17 Carmen Lawrence   Minister for Human Services and Health 25 March 1994 (1994-03-25) 11 March 1996 (1996-03-11) 1 year, 352 days
18 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
19 Jocelyn Newman   Minister for Family and Community Services 21 October 1998 (1998-10-21) 30 January 2001 (2001-01-30) 2 years, 101 days
20 Amanda Vanstone   30 January 2001 (2001-01-30) 7 October 2003 (2003-10-07) 2 years, 250 days
21 Kay Patterson   7 October 2003 (2003-10-07) 27 January 2006 (2006-01-27) 2 years, 112 days
22 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
23 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)
24 Kevin Andrews   Liberal Abbott Minister for Social Services 18 September 2013 (2013-09-18) 23 December 2014 (2014-12-23) 1 year, 96 days
25 Scott Morrison   23 December 2014 (2014-12-23) 15 September 2015 272 days
  Turnbull 15 September 2015 (2015-09-15) 21 September 2015
26 Christian Porter   21 September 2015 (2015-09-21) Incumbent 312 days

List of assistant ministers for disability services[edit]

The following individuals have been appointed as Minister for Disability Services, or any of its precedent titles:[3]

Order Minister Party Prime Minister Title Term start Term end Term in office
1 Jenny Macklin Labor Gillard Minister for Disability Reform 14 December 2011 27 June 2013 4 years, 101 days
Rudd 27 June 2013 18 September 2013
2 Jane Prentice   Liberal National Turnbull Assistant Minister for Disability Services 18 February 2016 (2016-02-18) Incumbent 162 days

List of assistant ministers for multicultural affairs[edit]

The following individuals have been appointed as Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs, or any precedent titles:[3]

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) 15 September 2015 2 years, 3 days
  Turnbull 15 September 2015 (2015-09-15) 21 September 2015
2 Craig Laundy   Liberal Turnbull Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs 18 February 2016 (2016-02-18) Incumbent 162 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:[3]

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) 2 years, 285 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 major projects ministers[edit]

The following individuals have been appointed as Minister for Major Projects, or any other precedent titles:[3]

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
23 Paul Fletcher   Liberal Minister for Major Projects, Territories, and Local Government 21 September 2015 (2015-09-21) 16 July 2016 (2016-07-16) 299 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 Prime Minister Title Term start Term end Term in office
1 Tom Uren   Labor Whitlam 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 Fraser 11 November 1975 (1975-11-11) 22 December 1975 (1975-12-22) 41 days
3 Jamie Briggs   Liberal Turnbull Minister for Cities and the Built Environment 21 September 2015 (2015-09-21) 29 December 2015 99 days
4 Paul Fletcher   Liberal Turnbull Minister for Urban Infrastructure 16 July 2016 (2016-07-16) Incumbent 13 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:[3] The Turnbull Government transferred the aged care portfolio back to the Department of Health in October 2015.

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) 79 days

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.dss.gov.au/ministers
  2. ^ "Christian who? Introducing new Social Services Minister Christian Porter". smh.com.au. September 21, 2015. On Monday, Mr Porter was sworn in as Social Services Minister, taking over the role that until recently was held by new Treasurer Scott Morrison. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Ministries and Cabinets". 43rd Parliamentary Handbook: Historical information on the Australian Parliament. Parliament of Australia. 2010. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 

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