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South Australia - Organisation

State Children's Council (1886 - 1927)

Care Provider and Government Agency

The State Children's Council was formed in 1886 under the requirements of the Destitute Persons Amendment Act, 1886. This Act separated the care of children from the care of other destitute persons by transferring responsibility for children from the Destitute Board to the State Children's Council. The Council comprised twelve honorary members who oversaw, and took responsibility for, all matters relating to 'State Children'. The State Children's Council was replaced by the Children's Welfare and Public Relief Board in 1926 with the passing of the Maintenance Act of that year.


 1849 - 1886 Destitute Board
       1886 - 1927 State Children's Council
             1927 - 1966 Children's Welfare and Public Relief Board
                   1966 - 1970 Department of Social Welfare
                         1970 - 1972 Department of Social Welfare and Aboriginal Affairs
                               1972 - 1990 Department for Community Welfare
                                     1990 - 1998 Department for Family and Community Services
                                           1998 - 2004 Family and Youth Services, Department of Human Services
                                                 2004 - 2006 Children, Youth and Family Services, Department for Families and Communities
                                                       2006 - 2011 Families SA, Department for Families and Communities
                                                             2011 - 2016 Families SA, Department for Education and Child Development
                                                             2011 - 2018 Department for Communities and Social Inclusion
                                                                   2016 - Department for Child Protection
                                                                   2018 - Department of Human Services

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Sources used to compile this entry: 'From vice to respectability', The Advertiser, 20 November 1907, p. 6,; George, Karen, Finding your own way, Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia Inc., 2005,

Prepared by: Karen George and Gary George