This department was established to promote, safeguard and protect the well-being of the children and youth of the state through a comprehensive and coordinated program of child and family welfare.
State wards' welfare
Minister for Labour and Tourism, 1 Aug 1966 - 17 Jan 1968
Minister for Health, 17 Jan 1968 - 20 Jun 1972
Minister for Sport, Tourism and Welfare Services, 20 Jun 1972 - 23 Dec 1974
Minister for Community and Welfare Services and Minister for Sport, 23 Dec 1974 - 16 Dec 1977
Minister for Welfare, 16 Dec 1977 - 22 Dec 1980
Minister for Welfare Services, 23 Dec 1980 - 6 Nov 1983
Minister for Welfare Services and Ethnic Affairs, 7 Nov 1983 - 30 July 1984
Minister for Welfare Services, Youth and Ethnic Affairs, 31 July 1984 - 30 Nov 1986
Minister for Family Services, Youth and Ethnic Affairs, 1 Dec 1986 - 9 June 1987
Juvenile Aid Bureau
The Department of Children's Services ceased to exist when the Departments of Family Affairs, Youth, Ethnic Affairs and Children's Services were consolidated into one organisation, the Department of Family and Youth Services on 6 June 1987 with the proclamation of the "Family and Youth Services Act 1987".