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Agency ID217
TitleCommunity Services and Ethnic Affairs Department
Agency TypeDepartment
Start Date 14/12/1987
End Date 7/12/1989
Date NotesN/A
Abstract

The Department assisted Aboriginal and Torres Strait Councils achieve economic and social growth, full participation and self-determination, a supportive rather than a directive role.

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Controlled Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
10456Community Services and Ethnic Affairs Department, District Office, Mareeba 14/12/1987 31/12/1988
2852Aboriginal Co-ordinating Council 14/12/1987 7/12/1989
10635Bureau of Ethnic Affairs 14/12/1987 7/12/1989
8396Challinor Centre, Ipswich 14/12/1987 7/12/1989
10467Community Services and Ethnic Affairs Department, Detached Office, Gununa 14/12/1987 7/12/1989
10517Community Services and Ethnic Affairs Department, District Office, Bamaga 14/12/1987 7/12/1989
11138Community Services and Ethnic Affairs Department, District Office, Cairns 14/12/1987 7/12/1989
590Community Services and Ethnic Affairs Department, District Office, Cherbourg 14/12/1987 7/12/1989
11128Community Services and Ethnic Affairs Department, District Office, Foleyvale 14/12/1987 7/12/1989
10525Community Services and Ethnic Affairs Department, District Office, Kowanyama 14/12/1987 7/12/1989
10453Community Services and Ethnic Affairs Department, District Office, Lockhart River 14/12/1987 7/12/1989
3590Community Services and Ethnic Affairs Department, District Office, Mackay 14/12/1987 7/12/1989
591Community Services and Ethnic Affairs Department, District Office, Palm Island 14/12/1987 7/12/1989
10528Community Services and Ethnic Affairs Department, District Office, Weipa South 14/12/1987 7/12/1989
594Community Services and Ethnic Affairs Department, District Office, Woorabinda 14/12/1987 7/12/1989
589Community Services and Ethnic Affairs Department, Regional District Office, Rockhampton 14/12/1987 7/12/1989
10535Community Services and Ethnic Affairs Department, Regional District Office, Townsville 14/12/1987 7/12/1989
11504Island Court, Murray Island 14/12/1987 7/12/1989
378Community Services and Ethnic Affairs Department, District Office, Doomadgee 14/12/1987 9/12/1989
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Remarks

Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette 1987, Vol CCLXXXVI, No 65, pp. 1417- 1418
Queensland Parliamentary Papers 1988-1989, Vol V, Report 108
Queensland Government Gazette 1989, Vol CCXCII, No 117, p 2491
Queensland Parliamentary Papers 1990-1991, Vol VI, Part 1, Report 73
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Legislation

Establishing N/A
Abolishing N/A
Administered Lands Act 1962-1985 (in relation to Deeds of Grant in Trust)
Aboriginal Relics Preservation Act 1967-1976
Local Government (Aboriginal Lands) Act 1978
Land Act (Aborigines and Islanders Land Grants) Amendment Act 1982-1985
Community Services (Aborigines) Act 1984-1986
Community Services (Torres Strait) Act 1984-1986
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (Land Holding) Act 1985
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Description
ESTABLISHMENT:
The Department of Community Services and Ethnic Affairs was established when Community Services included the administration of Ethnic Affairs in its responsibilities. The name was changed by proclamation on 14 December 1987.

The policy of the Department was to assist Aborigines and Torres Strait people to achieve economic and social growth in their communities through the effective management of natural and human resources, with the ultimate goal of full participation and self-determination, a move towards a supportive rather than a directive role for the Department. There were programmes and activities put in place to gradually transfer administrative responsibilities, resources and personnel to the Aboriginal Councils.

The Ethnic Affairs Office provided support and assistance to ethnic communities towards self sufficiency, encouraging multiculturalism.

FUNCTIONS:
Aboriginal and Islanders:
The provision of funding, support and advice for the development of:
- Aboriginal rights
- Infrastructure maintenance on communities
- Consultancy and support services towards self-determination
- Industry and business such as artefact production, retail stores, cattle, farming,
fishing and transport industries, small business, etc
- Housing and accommodation in urban areas
- Cultural and sport promotion
- Welfare services including financial management, consumerism, employment and
training, alcohol rehabilitation, women's issues, essential services, etc
- Special projects

Ethnic Affairs Office:
Through programmes, services and activities -
- Assistance to ethnic associations
- Liaison between community organisations and Government Departments
- Advise on Immigration Policy
- Assistance to ethnic communities with self-sufficiency
- Promotion of multiculturalism
- Language services and accommodation for immigrants

ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE:
The Community Services and Ethnic Affairs Department was attached to the following portfolios over a period of two years: Minister for Northern Development, Community Services and Ethnic Affairs Dec 1987 - Jan 1989; Minister for Community Services and Ethnic Affairs Jan 1989 - Aug 1989; Minister for Community Services, Ethnic Affairs and Northern Development Aug 1989 - Sep 1989; Minister for Community Services and Minister for Emergency Services and Administrative Services Sep 1989 - Dec 1989.

Queensland was divided into 14 Aboriginal Communities or Trust areas managed by Aboriginal Councils (Cherbourg, Doomadgee, Edward River, Foleyvale, Hope Vale, Kowanyama, Lockhart River, Northern Peninsula Area, Palm Island, Torres Strait, Weipa South, Woorabinda, Wujal Wujal, Yarrabah). The Torres Strait area was divided into 16 Communities or Trust areas, also managed by Island Councils (Badu Island, Boigu Island, Coconut Island, Dauan Island, Darnley Island, Hammond Island, Horn Island, Mabulag Island, Moa Island, Murray Island, Saibai Island, Thursday Island, Warraber Island, Yorke Island).

The Aboriginal Councils and Torres Strait Island Councils were elected like local governments and had ever increasing responsibilities, such as administering the Deeds of Grant in Trust on behalf of their Communities, undertaking some building programmes and making by-laws. By 1989, 25 communities had already attained full local government status. The Co-ordinating Councils attended to matters such as tourism, fishing rights, police and justice, economic development, health and welfare, development policy, management of cultural and natural resources, etc.

The Department also managed the Ethnic Affairs Office, which formed an Ethnic Affairs Advisory Council, an advisory body to the Minister.

ABOLITION:
On 7 December 1989 the Department of Community Services and Ethnic Affairs was amalgamated with the Department of Family Services under the new name of Department of Family Services and Aboriginal and Islander Affairs.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID217, Community Services and Ethnic Affairs Department
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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