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Department of Human Services and Health

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Formed  23 December 1993
Headquarters  Phillip, Canberra
Dissolved  11 March 1996
Preceding Department  Department of Health, Housing, Local Government and Community Services
Superseding agency  Department of Housing and Regional Development - for housing and local government in 1994 Department of Health and Family Services - for remaining functions in 1996
Jurisdiction  Commonwealth of Australia

The Department of Human Services and Health was an Australian government department that existed between December 1993 and March 1996.


The Department was created when the Department of Health, Housing, Local Government and Community Services changed its name.


Information about the department's functions and/or government funding allocation could be found in the Administrative Arrangements Orders, the annual Portfolio Budget Statements and in the Department's annual reports.

According to the Administrative Arrangements Order (AAO) made on 15 December 1993, the Department dealt with:

  • Services for the aged, people with disabilities and families with children
  • Community support services
  • Housing
  • Public health and medical research
  • Health promotion and disease prevention
  • Pharmaceutical benefits
  • Health benefits schemes
  • Specific health services, including human quarantine
  • National drug abuse strategy
  • Matters relating to local government.
  • Structure

    The Department was an Australian Public Service department, staffed by officials who were responsible to the Minister.

    The Secretary of the Department was Anthony Stuart Cole (until July 1994) and then Stephen Duckett.


    Department of Human Services and Health Wikipedia

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