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Agency ID41
TitleDepartment of Family Services and Aboriginal and Islander Affairs, Aboriginal and Islander Affairs Division
Agency TypeBusiness unit or division
Start Date 7/12/1989
End Date 25/1/1996
Date NotesN/A
Abstract

Supported Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and communities.

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Agency IDTitleFromTo
2568Department of Family Services and Aboriginal and Islander Affairs 7/12/1989 25/1/1996
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Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette 1989, Vol CCXCII, No 117, p 2491
Annual Reports of the Department of Family Services and Aboriginal and Islander Affairs1989-1995
Annual Report of the Department of Families, Youth and Community Care 1995-1996, p 5
Queensland Government Gazette Jan-Feb 1996, Vol CCCXI, No 13, p 273, 897
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Legislation

Establishing N/A
Abolishing N/A
Administered Land Act (Aboriginal and Islander Land Grants) Amendment Act 1982
Community Services (Aborigines) Act 1984
Community Services ((Torres Strait) Act 1984
Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders (Land Holding) Act 1985
Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders (Land Holding) Regulations 1986

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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. Aboriginal and Islander Affairs became a Division within the Department. The goal of the Division was "full participation, recognition and self-determination" for Aboriginal and Islander people, and fostering reconciliation, highlighting a supportive rather than a directive role for the Division.

FUNCTIONS:
Maintenance on Communities
infrastructure services
Housing
construction and rental of houses, urban and rural
employment
accommodation
land management services
Consultancy to support self-determination
Commercial and economic development
retail stores
pastoral program
fishing activity
Queensland Aboriginal Creations
Family and Community Support
substance addiction and support programs
Remote area health services
Culture support services
Quinkan Reserves Trust
cultural and public awareness
family history and genealogy
recreation
Research
Organisational and administrative services

ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE:
A new Divisional structure was implemented under an Office of the Director General, including a Division of Aboriginal and Islander Affairs, which replaced the former Department of Community Services.

The Division of Aboriginal and Islander Affairs supported a Northern Region Office at Cairns, District Offices at Brisbane, Cairns, Mt Isa, Thursday Island, Rockhampton, and Townsville; Detached Offices at Cunnamulla, Mackay, Laura, and Normanton, and several 'Area Offices'. Other branches of the Division were: a Rights and Culture Branch; a Services Branch and a Legislation Branch. Later on the Legislation Branch was abolished and a Co-ordination and Resourcing Branch was created.

In 1994-1995 the Division of Aboriginal and Islander Affairs was replaced by the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs. The Office managed a Policy Coordination Branch, a Regional Services Branch and Regional Offices.

ABOLITION:
The Aboriginal and Islander Affairs Division ceased to exist when 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 Department of Families, Youth and Community Care. Within the new Department was the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID41, Department of Family Services and Aboriginal and Islander Affairs, Aboriginal and Islander Affairs Division
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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