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Legislation Social Welfare Act 1970
State of Victoria
- Alternative Names
- Community Welfare Act 1970 (1978 - )
With the passing of the Social Welfare Act 1970 (No.8089), the Victorian government appointed a Minister for Social Welfare. In 1971, the Social Welfare Department was established, taking over responsibility for all functions previously administered by the Social Welfare Branch.
The long title is 'An Act to establish a Social Welfare Department to make Provision with respect to the Functions of that Department, to re-enact with Amendments certain Provisions of the Children's Welfare Act 1958, the Gaols Act 1958, the Street Trading Act 1958, the Youth Organizations Assistance Act 1958 and the Social Welfare Act 1960 and for other purposes.'
It repealed the Children's Welfare Act 1958 No. 6219, Gaols Act 1958 No. 6259, Street Trading Act 1958 No. 6385, Youth Organisations Assistance Act 1958 No. 6421 and Social Welfare Act 1960 No. 6651.
In its 1976 Report, the Committee of Enquiry into Child Care Services recommended a review of the Social Welfare Act 1970, as well as the Children's Court Act 1973. The Report observed that the sections of the Social Welfare Act relating to the admission of children to state guardianship 'basically derive from the nineteenth century. They reflect the political, psychological and social beliefs of that day…'
The Norgard Report also stated that the Social Welfare Act 1970s's provisions for approving children's homes 'again date essentially from very early legislation and require a radical transformation'.
In 1978, the name of this Act was changed from the Social Welfare Act 1970 to the Community Services Act 1970 by No. 16/1987, section 4(1).
1864 Neglected and Criminal Children's Act 1864
1887 Neglected Children's Act 1887
1890 Neglected Children's Act 1890
1915 Neglected Children's Act 1915
1890 Infant Life Protection Act 1890
1907 - 1915 Infant Life Protection Act 1907
1924 Children's Welfare Act 1924
1915 - 1928 Infant Life Protection Act 1915
1924 Children's Welfare Act 1924
1926 Children's Welfare Act 1926
1919 - 1928 Children's Maintenance Act 1919
1928 Children's Welfare Act 1928
1928 - 1957 Children's Maintenance Act 1928
1933 Children's Welfare Act 1933
1954 Children's Welfare Act 1954
1960 - 1970 Social Welfare Act 1960
1970 Social Welfare Act 1970
1978 Community Welfare Services Act 1978
1989 Children and Young Persons Act 1989
2005 Children Youth and Families Act 2005
- Report of the Committee of Enquiry into Child Care Services in Victoria, July 1976. Details
- 'Victoria [excerpts from Victorian legislation]', in To remove and protect: laws that changed Aboriginal lives, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, 2008, http://www.aiatsis.gov.au/collections/exhibitions/remove/VIC/legislation.html. Details
- State of Victoria, 'Social Welfare Act 1970', in Victorian Historical Acts, Australasian Legal Information Institute, http://www.austlii.edu.au//au/legis/vic/hist_act/swa1970137/. Details
- The Social Welfare Act 1970
Sources used to compile this entry: Report of the Committee of Enquiry into Child Care Services in Victoria, July 1976; 'Victoria [excerpts from Victorian legislation]', in To remove and protect: laws that changed Aboriginal lives, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, 2008, http://www.aiatsis.gov.au/collections/exhibitions/remove/VIC/legislation.html.
Prepared by: Cate O'Neill
Created: 6 March 2009, Last modified: 30 November 2012