Timeline of Victorian government departments

Timeline of Victorian government departments that have administered health, welfare and youth justice.

Please refer to the Timeline of departments PDF.  


Hospital administration

  • Chief Secretary's Department, (1855-1979) 

  • Charities Board of Victoria (included hospitals) (1923–48)

    Statutory Authority Administered by Treasurer 1923–44; by Minister of Health 1944–48
  • Hospitals and Charities Commission (1948–78)
    Statutory Authority within the Department of Health I 1944–78

  • Health Commission of Victoria (1978-1985)

  • Department of Health II (1985 - 1992)

  • Department of Health and Community Services (1992-1996)

  • Department of Human Services I (1996-2010) 

  • Department of Health III (2010-2014)

  • Department of Health and Human Services (2015 - Current) 


Public health

  • Chief Secretary's Department, (1855-1979)  
  • (i) Central Board of Health (1855 – 1990) [Statutory Authority]
  • (ii) Board of Public Health (1890-1920) [Statutory Authority]
  • (iii) Commission of Public Health (1920-1978) [Statutory Authority]
  • Health Commission of Victoria (1978-1985)
  • Department of Health II (1985-1992)
  • Department of Health and Community Services (1992-1996)
  • Department of Human Services I (1996-2010)
  • Department of Health (2010-2014)
  • Department of Health and Human Services

Mental health

  • Chief Secretary's Department, (1855-1979)  
  • (i) Hospitals for the Insane Branch (1867-1905)
  • (ii) Lunacy Department (1905-1934)
  • (iii) Department of Mental Hygiene (1934-1944)
    (sub department) Mental Hygiene branch from (1937-1944)
  • Department of Health I (1944-1978) 
    Mental Hygiene Branch (1944-1978)
    (i) Branch in the Department of Health (1944-1952)
    (ii) Part of Mental Hygiene Authority (1952-1962) [Statutory Authority]
    (iii) Part of the Mental health Authority (1962-1978) [Statutory Authority]
  • Health Commission of Victoria (1978-1985)
  • Department of Health II (1985-1992)
  • Department of Health and Community Services (1992-1996)
  • Department of Human Services (1996-2010)
  • Department of Health III (2010-2014)
  • Department of Health and Human Services (2015- Current)

Disability

  • Chief Secretary's Department, (1855-1979)  
  • (i) Hospitals for the Insane Branch (1867-1905)
  • (ii) Lunacy Department (1905-1934)
  • (iii) Department of Mental Hygiene (1934-1944)
  • Department of Health I (1944-1978)
  • Department of Health I (1944-1978) 
    Mental Hygiene Branch (1944-1978)
    (i) Branch in the Department of Health (1944-1952)
    (ii) Part of Mental Hygiene Authority (1952-1962) [Statutory Authority]
    (iii) Part of the Mental health Authority (1962-1978) [Statutory Authority]
  • Health Commission of Victoria (1978-1985)
  • Community Services Victoria (1985-1992)
  • Department of Health and Community Services (1992-1996)
  • Department of Human Services (1996-2010)
  • Department of Human Services II (2010-2014)
  • Department of Health and Human Services (2015- Current)

Intellectual disability

  • Chief Secretary's Department, (1855-1979)  
  • (i)Hospitals for the Insane Branch (1867-1905)
  • (ii)Lunacy Department (1905-1934)
  • Mental Defectives Branch (1937-1944) Transferred to Department of Health I
  • Department of Health I (1944-1978)
    Mental Hygiene Branch (1944-1978)
    (i) Branch in the Department of Health (1944-1952)
    (ii) Part of Mental Hygiene Authority (1952-1962) [Statutory Authority]
    (iii) Part of the Mental health Authority (1962-1978) [Statutory Authority]
  • Health Commission of Victoria (1978-1985)
  • Community Services Victoria (1985-1992)
  • Department of Health and Community Services (1992-1996)
  • Department of Human Services (1996-2010)
  • Department of Human Services II (2010-2014)
  • Department of Health and Human Services (2015- Current)

 


Juvenile Justice

  • Chief Secretary's Department, (1855-1979)  
  • (i)Department of Reformatory Schools (1866-1887)
    Administered industrial schools for neglected children and reformatory schools for convicted juveniles.
  • (ii) Department of Reformatory Schools (1887-1954)
    Responsibility for convicted juveniles only.
  • (iii) Children's Welfare Department (1954-1961)
    responsibility for juveniles offenders and juvenile schools (formerly reformatory schools.)
  • (iv) Social Welfare Branch (1961-1971)
  • Social Welfare Department (1971-1978)
    (i) Family Welfare Division (1965-1978)
    (ii) Youth Welfare Division (1965-1978)
  • Health Commission of Victoria (1978-1985)
  • Department of Health II (1985-1992)
  • Department of Health and Community Services (1992-1996)
  • Department of Human Services (1996-2010)
  • Department of Human Services II (2010-2014)
  • Department of Health and Human Services (2015- Current)


Vulnerable children

  • Chief Secretary's Department, (1855-1979)  
  • (i)Department of Reformatory Schools (1866-1887)
    Administered industrial schools for neglected children and reformatory schools for convicted juveniles.
  • (ii)Department for Neglected Children 1887-1924
    Responsibility for neglected children
  • (iii) Children's Welfare Department (1924-1961)
  • (iv) Social Welfare Branch (1961-1971)
  • (v)Dept of Community Welfare Services (1979-1985)
  • Community Services Victoria (1986-1992)
  • Department of Health and Community Services (1992-1996)
  • Department of Human Services (1996-2010)
  • Department of Human Services II (2010-2014)
  • Department of Health and Human Services (2015- Current)