• Archival Series

General Welfare Case Files

To access these records

Please contact Adoptions and Permanency Services:

Postal Address: PO Box 538, Hobart TAS 7001

Phone: (03) 6166 0422

Aftercare Support Program Phone: 1300 654 583

Adoptions and Permanency Services Email: adoption.services@communities.tas.gov.au

After Care Support Program Email: aftercaresupport@communities.tas.gov.au

Website: https://www.decyp.tas.gov.au/children/adoptions-and-permanency-services/

Reference Number

Quote this number to access your records: Tasmanian Archives Series Number, AA226

Records Location

These records are held by Tasmanian Archives (2011 - current).


The General Welfare Case Files concern children who were wards of state, child migrants, and individuals or families who applied for financial assistance from the government between 1915 and 1994.

Access Conditions

Closed D75 years

D75 means these records are closed to the general public for 75 years from the date of the last entry in them. People wishing to access these records should contact Adoptions and Permanency Services After Care Support Program, which is run by the Department of Communities Tasmania. Applicants will be required to fill out a Personal Information Protection (PIP) form. How access is provided once permission is granted will depend on the file. Usually Adoption and Permanency Services request it back and then provide access or copies. Staff at the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office may be able to assist you in finding other relevant records.


The General Welfare Case Files were created by the merger of case files from several different series. A number of their titles contain file numbers to case files in other series but not all of these have survived. File titles include the names of children.

The following abbreviations have been used in the titles of the case files. They are: NCD – Neglected Children’s Department, CSD – Children of the State Department, CGD – Charitable Grants Department, SSD – Social Services Department, ILP- Infant Life Protection.

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