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AU WA S1099




  • 1972-06-16 - (Creation)
  • 1908-08-25 - 1990-12-23 (Accumulation)

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AU WA A39 - DEPARTMENT FOR COMMUNITY WELFARE (1972-06-16 - 1985-01-01)

Administrative history

The Department for Community Welfare was established under the Community Welfare Act of 1972.

The Child Welfare Department was abolished under the Child Welfare Act Amendment Act (No. 2) 1972 and its functions transferred to the new Department.The Aboriginal Affairs Planning Authority Act of 1972 repealed the earlier Native Welfare Act and transferred the welfare functions of the Department of Native Welfare to the Department of Community Welfare from 1 July 1972.

The functions of the Department for Community Welfare, as defined by the Community Welfare Act 1972, were: "a) to promote individual and familiy welfare in the community; b) to prevent the disruption of the welfare of individuals and families in the community, and to mitigate the effects of any disruption; c) to coordinate, assist and encourage the provision of the social welfare services to the community, and for that purpose to confer and collaborate with other bodies and instrumentalities who offer, or may offer, a social welfare service; d) to conduct, promote and encourage research into the problems of community welfare; e) to conduct, promote and encourage programmes of training or rehabilitation, or which are otherwise of a nature that is concerned with the advancement of the welfare of particular individuals or groups in the community who are disadvantaged; f) to consider and initiate, or to assist in, the provision and development of new or additional welfare services, whether of a general or specific nature, for individuals or groups within the community who are needy or disadvantaged; g) to encourage the development of the greatest possible degree of service and administration at the local level, and to emphasize the value of preventative measures; h) to provide assistance, where the Minister considers it to be necessary, when the welfare of any individual, family or group is threatened or in jeopardy; i) to provide and, where appropriate, to manage facilities, which may include land, buildings and specialised appliances, for specific purposes consistent with the objects of the Act; j) generally, to administer and give effect to the provisions of this Act and to carry out such other functions as may be prescribed, or as the Minister may direct."

The Department for Community Welfare was abolished and its name changed to the Department for Community Services on 1 January 1985.

Name of creator

AU WA A40 - DEPARTMENT FOR COMMUNITY SERVICES (1985-01-01 - 1992-10-01)

Administrative history

The Acts Amendment (Department of Community Services Department) No. 21 of 1984, assented to 19 December 1984, changed the name of the Department for Community Welfare to the Department for Community Services. This change took effect from 1 January 1985.

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AU WA A590 - DEPARTMENT FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT [1] (1992-10-01 - 1995-07-01)

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The Department for Family and Children's Services was responsible for promoting and providing services that assisted families, individuals, groups and communities achieve their own well-being. Services were based on the principles of furthering independence, autonomy, social justice and access to opportunity. Services were provided in the areas of counselling, protection of children, financial assistance, community development, community-based centres, out-of-home and alternative care for children and youth services.

On the 1 July 2001, the Department for Family and Children's Services was replaced by the Department for Community Development.

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Correspondence files on administrative matters maintained by the Department for Community Welfare and successor agencies.

The series includes former Child Welfare Department files that have been top-numbered and integrated within the current series.

(Files in this Record Series include items that were previously listed at the State Records Office at reference: AN 320/3, Accession 1417; AN 320/4, Accession 2532; AN 320/7; Accession 2606, AN 320/8, Accession 2607; AN 320/9, Accession 2608).


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Open access except items identified as restricted for 75 yrs and 100yrs :

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1972-06-16 -

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Archivist's note

AN Cross Reference = 320
Range Control Symbol = A1 -

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