Portfolio Bodies and Statutory Office Holders

The DSS portfolio includes a number of statutory and non-statutory portfolio bodies and statutory office holders.

Portfolio Bodies

The Department provides advice to the Minister on strategic governance issues associated with portfolio bodies including Ministerial appointments, performance outcomes and their contribution to the Government’s broader policy agenda.

Australian Aged Care Quality Agency (Quality Agency)

  • High-quality care for persons receiving Australian Government subsidised residential aged care and aged care in the community through the accreditation of residential aged care services, the quality review of aged care services including services provided in the community, and the provision of information, education and training to the aged care sector.

Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS)

  • Established in 1980 as an independent, statutory authority, the role of the Australian Institute of Family Studies is to conduct research and communicate findings that affect family wellbeing to policy makers, service providers and the broader community.

National Disability Insurance Agency

  • The National Disability Insurance Agency operates the national disability insurance scheme. It provides individualised support for eligible people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers, encourages greater inclusion and access to mainstream services, community activities and other government initiatives.

Social Security Appeals Tribunal (SSAT)

  • The SSAT is the first level of external merits review of decisions made by Centrelink about social security, family assistance, education or training and parental leave payments. The SSAT is also the only level of external merits review of most decisions made by the Child Support Agency. Its statutory objective is to provide a mechanism of review that is 'fair, just, economical, informal and quick'.

Statutory Office Holders

A statutory office holder is a person who holds a position to which duties and functions are specifically assigned in legislation (as opposed to people who carry out the duties and functions assigned to a body established in legislation).

Two statutory office holders in the DSS portfolio exercise independent statutory functions with administrative support from the Department:

Aged Care Commissioner

  • To provide an independent review mechanism for the decisions and processes of the Aged Care Complaints Scheme and the processes of the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency in accrediting residential aged care facilities.

Aged Care Pricing Commissioner

  • To increase the level of transparency in the pricing of residential aged care services and ensure aged-care recipients are charged appropriately for accommodation and other services through approval of certain prices.

Reducing red tape

The Australian Government is improving the administration of regulation and the performance of the regulatory duties of portfolio bodies and statutory office holders. As part of the Government’s deregulation agenda, Ministers have written to portfolio bodies and statutory office holders with regulatory functions to outline their performance expectations of these functions.  For transparency purposes, these letters are available below. 

Ministerial Appointments to Boards and Committees

The Department supports the Minister in making appointments to significant positions in portfolio bodies such as Directors of statutory authorities and Commonwealth companies.

Interested Persons Register

The Department maintains a database of highly qualified people interested in ministerial appointment to positions on boards and committees within the portfolio. The Department welcomes expressions of interest at any time throughout the year.The Register contains limited personal details and has safeguards in place to protect privacy in line with the requirements of the Privacy Act 1988.

How to apply

To submit an expression of interest for inclusion onto the Interested Persons Register, email a curriculum vitae including employment history, qualifications and relevant board experience to IPR@dss.gov.au.

Further information

For further information or assistance, please call 1300 883 460 or email us at IPR@dss.gov.au.
Further information about Boards and Committees in the Social Services portfolio is available from AusGovBoards.

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