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Queensland - Organisation

Aboriginal and Islanders Advancement Department (1975 - 1984)

State Government of Queensland

From
1975
To
1984
Categories
Care Provider and Government Department

The Aboriginal and Islanders Advancement Department was created on 16 January 1975. Previously known as the Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department the main difference was that people now had to apply for a 'Certificate of Entitlement' in order to come under the Act. The Department ran the Kowanyama Mission from 1975 to 1984. In 1984, the Department was abolished when the Community Services (Aborigines) Act 1984 and the Community Services (Torres Strait) Act 1984 were passed.

Details

On 16 Jan 1975 the name of the Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department was changed to the Aboriginal and Islander Advancement Department. From 1977 to 1980 the Department was established as a portfolio in its own right.

Previous administrations had emphasised protection and preservation of the Aborigines through assimilation into the broader white community; later a policy of equality with the white community was implemented whereby, instead of seeking 'exemption' from the provision of the Act, people had to apply for a 'Certificate of Entitlement' in order to come under the Act. The term 'assisted Aborigines' was abolished.

The overall policy of the Aboriginal and Islander Advancement Department remained the same as the previous one, with an emphasis on the "rapid development of Communities allied to a continuing expansion of the responsibility assumed by Community Advisory Councils". In 1978 the Local Government (Aboriginal Lands) Act 1978 provided some communities (Aurukun and Mornington Island) with limited local government status. In 1982 the Land Act (Aboriginal and Islander Land Grants) Amendment Act 1982 allowed for the granting of land in trust to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The Aboriginal and Islanders Advancement Department was abolished when the Community Services (Aborigines) Act 1984 and the Community Services (Torres Strait) Act 1984 were passed.

Timeline

 1904 - 1939 Chief Protector of Aboriginals Office
       1939 - 1966 Director Of Native Affairs Office
             1966 - 1975 Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department
                   1975 - 1984 Aboriginal and Islanders Advancement Department
                         1984 - 1987 Community Services Department
                               1987 - 1989 Community Services and Ethnic Affairs Department
                                     1989 - 1996 Family Services and Aboriginal and Islander Affairs Department
                                           1996 - 1998 Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy
                                           1996 Department of Family and Community Services
                                                 1996 - 2001 Department of Families, Youth and Community Care
                                                 1998 - 2001 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy and Development Department
                                                       2001 - 2006 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy Department
                                                       2001 - 2004 Department of Families
                                                             2004 - 2009 Child Safety Department
                                                             2004 - 2012 Communities Department
                                                             2004 - 2012 Communities Department
                                                                   2004 - 2012 Communities Department
                                                                   2012 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs Department
                                                                   2012 - 2017 Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services Department
                                                                         2017 - Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women

Publications

Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: 'Aboriginal and Islanders Advancement Department (Agency ID 143)', in Queensland State Archives website, Queensland Government, 2004 - 2013, http://www.archivessearch.qld.gov.au/Search/AgencyDetails.aspx?AgencyId=143#bookmarkDescription.

Prepared by: Nicola Laurent and Cate O'Neill