Minister for Social Inclusion (Australia)

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Minister for Social Inclusion
Mark Butler

since 14 December 2011
Style The Honourable
Appointer Prime Minister of Australia
Inaugural holder Julia Gillard
Formation 2007

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.[1]

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.[2] The Initiative led to a big investment in strategies to combat homelessness, including establishing the Common Ground program and Street to Home initiative,[3] the ICAN flexible learning strategy to improve school retention[4] and major funding to revamp mental health in South Australia.

List of Social Inclusion Ministers[edit]

# Minister Party affiliation Period
1 Julia Gillard Australian Labor Party 2007–2010
2 Simon Crean 2010
3 Tanya Plibersek 2010–2011
4 Mark Butler 2011–2013


  1. ^ Ministry List: Second Gillard Government
  2. ^ ABC News, 28 April 2006 "Cappo Appointed Social Inclusion Commissioner"
  3. ^, 20 November 2012
  4. ^