Department of Social Services (Australia)
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Department of Social Services Australia
Department of Social Services ( DSS) is a department of the Government of Australia charged with the responsibility for national policies and programs that help deliver a strong and fair society for all Australians. The department develops and implements social policy.
The head of the department is the
Secretary of the Department of Social Services, currently Kathryn Campbell, who reports to the  Anne Ruston, Minister for Families and Social Services. Previously, the Minister for Social Services was Paul Fletcher from 2018 to 2019. In the Turnbull Government, the ministers were assisted by the Assistant Minister for Disability Services, the Hon. Jane Prentice and the Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs, the Hon. Craig Laundy .
The head office of the department is located in the
Australian Capital Territory suburb of Greenway.
The department was formed by way of an
Administrative Arrangements Order issued on 18 September 2013 and replaced the majority of the functions previously performed by the former  Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA); with the exception of Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination, that was transferred to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.   
Administrative Arrangements Order made on 18 September 2013, the functions of the department were broadly classified into the following matters: 
Ageing research Income security and support policies and programs for
families with children, carers, the aged, people with disabilities and people in hardship Income support policies for students and apprentices
Services for families with children, people with disabilities and carers
Services for older people, including their carers
Policy for and promotion of active ageing, other than employment policy
Community mental health
Community support services
Family relationship, Family and Children's Support Services
Social housing, rent assistance and
homelessness Child support policy
Services to help people with disabilities obtain employment
Arrangements for the settlement of migrants and humanitarian entrants, other than migrant child and migrant adult education
Non-profit sector and volunteering
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