Department of Community Services and Health

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Commonwealth department

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Department of Community Services and Health

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Dates of existence

Jul 1987 - Jun 1991


The Department of Community Services and Health was an Australian government department that existed between July 1987 and June 1991. The department was an amalgamation of the Department of Community Services and the Department of Health. According to the Administrative Arrangements Order (AAO) made on 24 July 1987, the Department dealt with:
• Services for the aged, people with disabilities and families with children
• Community support services
• Housing assistance
• Public health, research and preventative medicine
• Community health projects
• Health promotion
• Pharmaceutical benefits
• Health benefits schemes
• Human quarantine
• National drug abuse strategy


Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

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Prepared by Margaret Avard, November 2016




Department of Health. History of the Department. (accessed November 2016)
Administrative Arrangements Order issued 24 July 1987, National Archives of Australia, (accessed November 2016)

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