[Taken from the To Remove and Protect website:]
Under the Native Welfare Act 1963, the Commissioner ceased to be the guardian of 'native minors'. Duties of the Department of Native Welfare included providing for 'the custody, maintenance and education of the children of natives' and to assist in the 'economic and social assimilation by the community' of 'natives'. Only 'natives' and specified persons were to enter or remain on reserves. Regulations may be made for 'the control, care and education of the children of natives'. The Native Welfare Act 1963 was repealed by the Aboriginal Affairs Planning Authority Act 1972.