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Department of Social Security (Australia)

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Formed  19 December 1972
Headquarters  Canberra
Dissolved  21 October 1998
Preceding Department  Department of Health (I) - for health and hospital benefits schemes Department of Social Services (I) - for all other functions
Superseding agency  Department of Family and Community Services
Jurisdiction  Commonwealth of Australia

The Department of Social Security (also called the DSS) was the government department in Australia, which administered the Social Security system. The Department existed between 1972 and 1998.


The Department was one of several new departments established by the Whitlam Government, a wide restructuring that revealed some of the new government's program.

The Department's delivery of payments and services functions was taken over by Centrelink in 1997. The creation of Centrelink meant significant changes to DSS, with the Department shrinking in size to approximately 700 staff who were tasked with policy formulation and advisory functions. The Department was dissolved completely in October 1998 with the creation of the new Department of Family and Community Services, that took on all remaining DSS functions.


Department of Social Security (Australia) Wikipedia

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