Department of Health And Ageing
Address: GPO Box 9848, Canberra ACT 2601,Australia
Tel: 602 6289 1555
The Department of Health was established in 1921 and as since undergone a number of changes in its name function and structure.
The first change was in 1987 when the Department of Health was merged with the Department of Community Services to form the Department of Community Services and Health.
The Department of Health, Housing and Community Services was then formed in June 1991, reflecting the transfer of housing industry programs from the Department of Industry, Technology and Commerce to the Department of Community Services and Health.
In March 1993 the Department of Local Government joined with the Department of Health, Housing and Community Services to form the Department of Health, Housing, Local Government and Community Services. Subsequently in 1994 the Department’s name was changed to the Department of Human Services and Health.
When a new government was elected in March 1996, the Department’s name changed to the Department of Health and Family Services. At this time, it gained responsibility for the Supported Accommodation Assistance Program from the former Department of Housing and Regional Development.
The Department later assumed responsibility for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health matters from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission.
After the October 1998 election, the Department’s name changed to the Department of Health and Aged Care to reflect its new responsibilities and functions. Responsibility for Family and Children’s Services, Disability Programs and the Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service were transferred to the Department of Family and Community Services on 22 October 1998.
Following the November 2001 election, Department of Health and Aged Care changed its name to the Department of Health and Ageing. The portfolio also gained the Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service from the Department of Family and Community Services.
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