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Queensland - Organisation

Community Services Department (1984 - 1987)

State Government of Queensland

From
1984
To
1987
Categories
Care Provider and Government Department

The Community Services Department was established on 31 May 1984, when the Community Services (Aborigines) Act 1984 and the Community Services (Torres Strait) Act 1984 were passed. It was previously known as the Aboriginal and Islanders Advancement Department, with the new department the policy was changed to promote equal opportunity in the Queensland Community for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. The Department ran the Kowanyama Mission from 1984 to 1987. In 1987, the name of the Department was changed by proclamation to the Department of Community Services and Ethnic Affairs.

Details

The Department of Community Services was established on 31 May 1984 when the Community Services (Aborigines) Act 1984 and the Community Services (Torres Strait) Act 1984 were passed. The policy of the time promoted "responsible participation and equal opportunity in the Queensland Community" for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. These Acts facilitated the establishment of local-authority type Councils. The democratically elected Community Councils had increased responsibilities, their main function being the making of recommendations to the Minister on matters of progress, development and wellbeing of the people they represented.

The name of the Department of Community Services was changed by proclamation on 14 December 1987, to Department of Community Services and Ethnic Affairs.

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

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Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: 'Community Services Department (Agency ID 139)', in Queensland State Archives website, Queensland Government, 2004 - 2013, http://www.archivessearch.qld.gov.au/Search/AgencyDetails.aspx?AgencyId=139.

Prepared by: Nicola Laurent and Cate O'Neill