The Social Policy Planning Unit, located within the Department of Social Welfare and its successors, was established in 1975. It conducted research into policy change and made recommendations to the Director of the Department. The Unit closed in the late 1980s or early 1990s.
The Social Policy Planning Unit employed a Unit Supervisor, a clerical officer, and two project officers. The Supervisor undertook a 15 week course in social planning at the Department of Social Studies, Melbourne University, shortly after taking up the position.
The Unit investigated the following projects:
A grant from the Commonwealth government enabled the establishment of the Social Policy Planning Unit. In 1976, the Commonwealth withdrew the grant. The State government decided to fund it instead.
Sources used to compile this entry: Department of Social Welfare: report for the year ended 30 June 1974, Department of Social Welfare, Hobart, 1974; Department of Social Welfare: report for the year ended 1975, Department of Social Welfare, Hobart, 1975.
Prepared by: Caroline Evans
Created: 21 November 2011, Last modified: 13 March 2014