Departmental residential care is a term used for the accommodation of children in government run Homes in Tasmania. The accommodation could be in Cottage Homes, Receiving Homes, Family Group Homes, or other Departmental institutions.
Part IV of the Infants' Welfare Act 1935 allowed the Governor to establish and abolish receiving Homes, children's Homes, foundling houses, industrial schools, probationary schools, reformatories, farm schools and other institutions for the care and maintenance of children of the state.
The Child Welfare Act 1960 was broader, stating that the Governor could establish and maintain institutions for the accommodation, care and maintenance of wards of the state and those children where accommodation might be necessary in connection with the administration of the Act.
In 1966, there were two types of 'state homes' in Tasmania:
Sources used to compile this entry: Ombudsman Tasmania, Listen to the children: Review of claims of abuse from adults in state care as children, Office of the Ombudsman, Tasmania, Hobart, November 2004. Also available at https://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-1382077009/view. pp.56-58..
Prepared by: Cate O'Neill
Created: 12 January 2011, Last modified: 8 February 2019