About the Department

The Department of Human Services was created on 26 October 2004 to improve the development and delivery of government social and health related services to the Australian people.

The Department is responsible for the design, development, delivery, coordination and monitoring of government services, including social security, child support, students, families, aged care and health programmes (excluding Medicare provider compliance), and superannuation release.

The payments and services we deliver

The Department delivers a range of government and other payments and services to almost every Australian, including:

Centrelink payments and services for retirees, the unemployed, families, carers, parents, students, people with disabilities, Indigenous Australians, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, people living overseas and provision of services at times of major change, including disaster recovery payments.

Aged care payments to services funded under the Aged Care Act 1997, including residential care, home care and flexible care services.

Medicare services and payments that support the health of Australians such as Medicare, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, Digital Health, Private Health Insurance Rebate, the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register, the National Bowel Cancer Screening Register and the Australian Organ Donor Register.

Child Support services for separated parents to provide the financial and emotional support necessary for their children's wellbeing.

The Department also delivers other services including the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme and Early Release of Superannuation, as well as whole of government services such as myGov.

Legislation administered by the Minister

The Minister for Human Services is responsible for administering the following legislation for the Human Services Portfolio:

  • Australian Hearing Services Act 1991, except to the extent that it is administered by the Minister for Health;
  • Human Services (Centrelink) Act 1997; and
  • Human Services (Medicare) Act 1973, except to the extent administered by the Minister for Health.