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Department of Community Services
Agency Number:
Start Date:
17 Jul 1989
End Date:
03 Feb 1993
Provide and manage social programs including provision of funds to non-government welfare agencies. It also provides and manages suitable accomodation for people who are unable to obtain and maintain occupation of private housing or, where appropriate, provides subsidies to private tenants. Home ownership is made possible through the Departmnet's Home Purchase Scheme. The Department was also responsible for the operation of the State's prison system until 1992, and the probation and parole service. The Department was formed by the amalgamation of the Department of Community Welfare and the Housing Department (except for its Development Division) with the Corrective Services Division and Child Protection Assessment Board Secretariat of the Law Department. From 1 June 1990 a range of community care programs for the aged and the intellectually and physically disabled were transferred from the Department of Health to Community Services. Following the change of government the Corrrective Services Division was transferred to the Department of Justice on 17 February 1992.
Legislation Administered:
Commonwealth and State Housing Agreement Act 1945, Domestic Assistance Aervice Act 1947, Fire Damage Releif Act 1967 (in so far as it relates to the erection of dwellings for renting to eligible persons under the Homes Act 1935). Fox and Dexter Trusts Act 1987, Homes Act 1935 (except in so far as it relates to the lending of funds for home ownership), Homes (acquisition of Land for Members of the Forces) Act 1946, Homes (Burnie Paper Mills) Act 1938, Homes (Old Age Pensioners) Act 1940, Housing Agreement Acts 1956, 1961, 1965, 1966, 1971, 1973, 1978, 1982 and 1985, Housing Agreement (Supplemental Agreement ) Act 1974, Industrial Housing Guarantees Act 1971, Kennerly Children's Homes Act 1969, Kilderry Farm Gaol (Land Reservation) Act 1937, Mental Health Act 1963 (in so far as it relates to the provision of services for persons with intellectual disabilities), Pensioners (Heating Allowances) Act 1971, Prison Act 1977 (until 1992), Prisoners (Interstate Transfer) Act 1982 (until 1992), Royal Tasmanian Society for the Blind and Deaf Act 1985, Substandard Housing Control Act 1973, Young Person's and Women's Detention Act 1906 (until 1992).
Legislation Creating:
Tasmanian State Service (Amalgamation and Reorganisation) Order 1989 - SR1989/114
Legislation Abolishing Agency:
Tasmanian State Service (Restructuring) Order 1993 - SR1993/6
Functions Performed:
Community services
Controlled Agencies:
Ashley Home for Boys (TA1706)01 Feb 192231 Dec 1999

Corrective Services Tasmania (TA907)06 Apr 1987

Willow Court (TA1649)01 Jul 199030 Nov 2000
Previous Agencies:
Department of Social Welfare (TA88)02 Sep 196128 Feb 1983

Mental Health Services Commission (TA14)01 Jul 196820 Apr 1993

Department for Community Welfare (TA1028)01 Feb 198317 Jul 1989

Law Department (TA373)15 Mar 198317 Jul 1989

Housing Department (2) (TA880)01 Jan 198431 Dec 1989
Department of Health (1) (TA770)17 Jul 198903 Feb 1993
Subsequent Agencies:
Department of Justice (1) (TA921)17 Jul 198918 Sep 1998

Aged and Disability Support (TA1620)03 Feb 199318 Sep 1998

Department of Community and Health Services (TA1012)03 Feb 199318 Sep 1998

Housing Tasmania (TA1593)03 Feb 199330 Jul 2016
Series Created By Agency:
AA226 General Welfare Case Files09 Mar 191511 Nov 1994

AD203 Correspondence Files01 Jan 191924 Sep 1998

AE292 Case Files of the Child Welfare Division (Northern Office)01 Jan 193226 Jul 2003

AE484 Case Files of the Child Welfare Division (North West Office)18 Nov 194328 Feb 2002

AD339 Correspondence, Applications & associated Records relating to the Custody & Welfare of Children (Southern Regional Offices).14 Sep 195012 Jan 1996

AD264 Record Cards of Children Organised by the Type of Order They received.01 Jan 195531 Dec 1990

AD258 Record Cards of Wards of the State.01 Jan 195531 Dec 1990

AE890 Abolished Position Files04 Nov 195513 Nov 1991

AD341 Carers Other Than Foster Carers01 Jan 196031 Dec 1996

AD340 Foster Carers Files - Southern Region01 Jan 196031 Dec 1996

AD259 Record Cards of Wards of the State Organised by their Type of Discharge.01 Jan 196431 Dec 1990

AB531 Minute Books.01 Dec 196716 Oct 1991

AD652 Files relating to Housing, But Also including Social Welfare Policy and Staffing Matters.01 Jan 197131 Dec 1994

AD257 Record Cards of Interstate Wards.01 Jan 197231 Dec 1990

AD659 Files relating to Aged and Disability Services.01 Jan 198131 Dec 1994

AD651 Files for Cabinet Submissions relating to Housing Matters.01 Jan 198231 Dec 1990

AD263 Record Cards of Children Who have Come under the Notice of the State But Who Are Not declared Wards of the State.01 Jan 198231 Dec 1990

AF325 Log Books01 Jan 198524 May 1994

AF324 Registration of Mail16 Aug 198823 May 1991

AF320 Ministerial Correspondence07 Aug 198912 Sep 1996

AE712 Ministerial Briefing Notes relating to Corrective Services11 Jun 199131 Jul 1998