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Agency ID2568
TitleDepartment of Family Services and Aboriginal and Islander Affairs
Agency TypeDepartment
Start Date 7/12/1989
End Date 25/1/1996
Date NotesN/A
Abstract

The Department provided legislation, policy and support for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities through a ‘Division’, later an ‘Office’, of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs.

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Information Sources

Department of Family Services and Aboriginal and Islander Affairs Annual Reports 1989-1995
Department of Families, Youth and Community Care Annual Report 1995-1996, p 5
Queensland Government Gazette Jan-Feb 1996, Vol CCCXI, No 13, p 897
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Legislation

Establishing Queensland Government Gazette 1989, Vol CCXCII, No 117, p 2491
Abolishing Queensland Government Gazette Jan-Feb 1996, Vol CCCXI, No 13, p 273
Administered Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders (Land Holding) Act 1985
Adoption of Children Act 1964
Child Care Act 1991
Children's Court Act 1992
Children's Services Act 1965
Community Services (Aborigines) Act 1984
Community Services ((Torres Strait) Act 1984
Disability Services Act 1992
Domestic Violence (Family Protection) Act 1989
Family Services Act 1987
Guide Dogs Act 1972
Intellectually Disabled Citizens Act 1985
Juvenile Justice Act 1992
Land Act (Aboriginal and Islander Land Grants) Amendment Act 1982
Surrogate Parenthood Act 1988
Young Offenders (Interstate Transfer) Act 1987
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Description
ESTABLISHMENT:
On 7 Dec 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. The Department was re-structured to reflect an enhanced provision of services, policy analysis and sensitivity to client group needs.

FUNCTIONS:
Services for people with intelledtual disabilities
Adoption services
Crisis intervention
Protection against child abuse and neglect
Licensing for providers of children services
Correctional serices for young offenders
Legislation, policy and support for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities
Planning and co-ordinating of social infrastructure
Special Programs consultancy for groups
Financial assistance for sevices planning
Monitoring of outcomes and standards of accountability
Social problems awareness and education

ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENTS:
The Director-General was in charge of four major Divisions: Protective Services and Juvenile Justice, Community Services Development, Intellectual Disability Services and Aboriginal and Islander Affairs, all of them supporting Regional Offices and special branches.

By 1995 the structure had changed again and the Director-General managed a Bureau of Ethnic Affairs, the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Finance and Organisational Services, Information Services, and three Divisions: Community Services Development, Intellectual Disability Services, Protective Services and Juvenile Justice.

ABOLITION:
On 25 Jan 1996 the Department of Family Services and Aboriginal and Islander Affairs briefly became the Department of Family and Community Services. On 26 Feb 1996, with a new State Government, the name changed again to the Department of Families, Youth and Community Care.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID2568, Department of Family Services and Aboriginal and Islander Affairs
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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