The Department of Family Services and Aboriginal and Islander Affairs was formed through the amalgamation of the Department of Community Services and Ethnic Affairs and the Department of Family Services on 7 December 1989. The Aboriginal and Islander Affairs became a division within the Department with the specific goal of 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.
The Director General was in charge of four major Divisions: Protective Services and Juvenile Justice, Community Services Development, Intellectual Disability Services and Aboriginal and Islander Affairs, all of them supporting Regional Offices and special branches.
By 1995 the structure had changed again and the Director General managed a Bureau of Ethnic Affairs, the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Finance and Organisational Services, Information Services, and three Divisions: Community Services Development, Intellectual Disability Services, Protective Services and Juvenile Justice.
On 25 Jan 1996 the Department of Family Services and Aboriginal and Islander Affairs briefly became the Department of Family and Community Services.
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31 October 2018
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