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.
Services for people with intelledtual disabilities
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
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.
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.