State Government of New South Wales
The Department of Youth and Community Services is one of the names given to the Department which, in 2013, was known as Community Services. It was the second time the Department was known by this name, which was first used in 1973-1975, before it was changed to Youth, Ethnic and Community Affairs (1975-1976). In 1988 the name of the Department was changed again to the Department of Family and Community Services.
From July 1986 until March 1988 the Minister for the Department of Youth and Community Services was John Aquilina. He had a policy of deinstitutionalisation, so closed down a number of children's institutions and homes.
In March 1988 the New South Wales Government changed from Labor, headed by Neville Wran, to Liberal, headed by Nick Greiner. The new government created the Department of Family and Community Services.
1881 - 1923 State Children's Relief Board
1923 - 1970 Child Welfare Department
1970 - 1973 Department of Child Welfare and Social Welfare
1973 - 1975 Department of Youth and Community Services
1975 - 1976 Department of Youth, Ethnic and Community Affairs
1976 - 1988 Department of Youth and Community Services
1988 - 1991 Department of Family and Community Services
1991 - 1992 Department of Health and Community Services
1992 - 2009 Department of Community Services
2009 - 2011 Department of Human Services
2011 - 2019 Department of Family and Community Services
2019 - Department of Communities and Justice, State Government of New South Wales
Sources used to compile this entry: Hanson, Dallas, Why are they in children's homes: report of the ACOSS children's home intake survey, Australian Department of Social Services: Australian Council of Social Services, Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra, 1979, 83 pp; Werrington North [The History of UWS], University of Western Sydney, http://www.uws.edu.au/uws25/25_year_history/places/werrington_north.
Prepared by: Naomi Parry
Created: 22 February 2011, Last modified: 18 January 2017