The Department of Social Services is responsible for a diverse range of policies, payments, programs and services that improve the lifetime wellbeing of people and families in Australia. The department works in partnership with other government and non-government organisations to ensure the effective development, management and delivery of these initiatives. We fund services and payments that assist families, children and older people, provide a safety net for those who cannot fully support themselves, enhance the wellbeing of people with high needs, assist those who need help with care, and support a diverse and harmonious society.
Type of Body
A. Non Corporate Commonwealth Entity
GFS Sector Classification
Established By / Under
Constitution and Administrative Arrangement Orders
Annual Report Prepared and tabled?
GFS Function / Sector Reported
Social Security and Welfare
PS Act Body
Yes - Department
GPO Box 9820 Canberra, ACT, 2601
Government appointed boards
Other boards and structures