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Agency ID632
TitleLabour and Industry Department II, State Children Department
Agency TypeBusiness unit or division
Start Date 26/9/1963
End Date 1/8/1966
Date NotesN/A

Responsible for state children's welfare

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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
2840Labour and Industry Department II 26/9/1963 1/8/1966
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Controlled Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
2191Diamantina Receiving Depot and Infants' Home 26/9/1963 17/12/1964
11374Farm Home for Boys, Westbrook 26/9/1963 31/7/1966
2493Carramar 26/9/1963 1/8/1966
1446Meteor Park Orphanage / St Joseph's Home, Neerkol 26/9/1963 1/8/1966
2478St Vincent's Home, Nudgee 26/9/1963 1/8/1966
1740Birralee 29/9/1963 1/8/1966
11480Warilda 17/12/1964 1/8/1966
11375Westbrook Training Centre 26/5/1966 31/7/1966
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Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette, Vol. CCXIV, No. 13, 26/9/1963, p. 277
Queensland Government Gazette, Vol. CCXXII, No. 79, 2/7/1966, p. 1231
Annual Report of the State Children Department, Queensland Parliamentary Papers, 1963/1964 - 1967/1968
Adoption of Children Act of 1964
The Children's Service Act of 1965
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Establishing N/A
Abolishing The Children's Services Act 1965
Administered State Children Acts 1911
Infant Life Protection Act 1905
Adoption of Children Act 1935
Children's Courts Act 1907
Guardianship and Custody of Infants Acts 1891
Children's Protection Act 1896
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The State Children Department, a sub-department of the Labour and Industry Department, was created to provide care, management and control of orphaned, neglected, abandoned, delinquent and convicted children and their property.

The period 1963 - 1966 represented a transition in the management of State children from removal and institutionalisation to a greater concern for state children and other children in terms of welfare and social acceptance through keeping the family together.

The State was divided into 3 Districts:
Southern District (Southern Queensland from Bundaberg to the NSW Border) with a head office for the State Children Department in Brisbane;
Central District (Mackay to Miriam Vale on the coast and West along the central line) with a district office in Rockhampton;
Northern District (North Queensland from the North and West of Townsville) with a district office in Townsville.
Each office had welfare officers, inspectors and administrative staff.

Whilst the administration of the Court Acts 1907 - 1930 was a function of the Justice Department, the State Children Department, in co-operation with the Welfare and Guidance Services of the Health Dept., maintained the records of Welfare Officers and Probation Officers.The State Children Department provided financial assistance to families waiting for State or Commonwealth Social Service Benefits, and the Emergent Family Assistance payment for mothers in financial stress until other social service benefits were made available to them.

From 1 Jan 1964, the Administration of the Wilson Youth Hospital at Windsor was transferred from the Health Department to the State Children Department. Under the Infant Life Protection Acts, 1905 - 1935, the State Children Department registered Nursing Homes to care for children under the age of 6 years and was responsible for notification of births and deaths of illegitimate children.

Minister for Labour and Industry, 26 Sep 1963 - 1 Aug 1966

The Children's Services Department was upgraded to a full Department from 1 Aug 1966.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID632, Labour and Industry Department II, State Children Department
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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