Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
The former Australian Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) was a department of the Government of Australia located in Greenway in Canberra. It was formed in 2007 and absorbed the former Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. As a result of an Administrative Arrangements Order issued on 18 September 2013, the Department of Social Services was established and assumed most of the responsibilities of FaHCSIA; with indigenous affairs functions assumed by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
|Formed||3 December 2007|
|Dissolved||18 September 2013|
|Jurisdiction||Commonwealth of Australia|
|Employees||3,324 (at April 2013)|
The former department's role was to develop social policies and support affected Australian society and the living standards of Australian families. The Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination was a part of FaHCSIA. In the Administrative Arrangements Order of 3 December 2007, the functions of the department were broadly classified into the following matters:
- Income security policies and programs for families with children, carers, the aged and people in hardship
- Services for families with children, people with disabilities and carers
- Community support services, excluding the Home and Community Care program
- Family relationship services
- Housing policy co-ordination, welfare housing and rent assistance
- Women's policies and programs
- Indigenous policy co-ordination and the promotion of reconciliation
- Community development employment projects
|Start date||End date||Ministerial title||Minister||Ref.|
|3 Dec 2007||18 Sep 2013||Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Minister for Disability Reform
|14 Dec 2011||18 Sep 2013||Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Community Services, Indigenous Employment and Economic Development
Minister for the Status of Women
|25 Mar 2013||18 Sep 2013||Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers||Amanda Rishworth|
|1 Jul 2013||18 Sep 2013||Parliamentary Secretary for Housing and Homelessness||Doug Cameron|
|4 Feb 2013||1 Jul 2013||Minister for Housing and Homelessness||Mark Butler|
|4 Feb 2013||1 Jul 2013||Parliamentary Secretary for Homelessness and Social Housing||Melissa Parke|
|14 Sep 2010||25 Mar 2013||Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers||Jan McLucas|
|5 Mar 2012||Feb 2013||Minister for Housing and Homelessness||Brendan O'Connor|
|14 Dec 2011||5 Mar 2012||Minister for Housing and Homelessness||Robert McClelland|
|14 Sep 2010||Nov 2011||Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development
Minister for Social Housing and Homelessness
|14 Sep 2010||Nov 2011||Minister for the Status of Women||Kate Ellis|
|3 Dec 2007||14 Sep 2010||Minister for Housing
Minister for Status of Women
|3 Dec 2007||14 Sep 2010||Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children's Services
Parliamentary Secretary for Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction
|3 Dec 2007||14 Sep 2010||Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector||Ursula Stephens|
The Secretaries of the department were:
- Australian Public Service Commission (2 December 2013), State of the Service Report: State of the Service Series 2012-13 (PDF), Australian Public Service Commission, p. 253, archived from the original (PDF) on 6 December 2013
- Gillard, Julia (21 December 2010). "Departmental Secretaries" (Press release). Archived from the original on 1 January 2014.
- Packham, Ben (18 September 2013). "Tony Abbott puts broom through bureaucracy". The Australian. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
- Abbott, Tony (18 September 2013). "The Coalition will restore strong, stable and accountable government" (Press release). Canberra, Australia: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Archived from the original on 20 September 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
- Wilson, Lauren (19 September 2013). "Coalition carves up the public service". The Australian. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
- "Administrative Arrangement Order of 3 December 2007" (PDF). Government of Australia. 3 December 2007. p. 19. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 April 2013.
- Former Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries, Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, archived from the original on 24 September 2013, retrieved 24 September 2013
- CA 9193: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 22 April 2014
- Malone, Paul (November 2006), "Chapter 13: The People's Choice – Jeff Harmer, Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs", Australian Department Heads Under Howard: Career Paths and Practice (Collected articles from the Canberra Times), ANU E Press and ANZSOG, ISBN 1 920942 83 1, archived from the original on 27 September 2013