Ministers

 
The Hon Kevin Andrews MP

The Hon Kevin Andrews MP

The Minister for Social Services

Senator Mitch Fifield

Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield

The Assistant Minister for Social Services

Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells

Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services

Portfolio responsibilities

Minister Andrews is responsible for:

  • Overall responsibility for the Social Services portfolio, including policy, budget and expenditure matters and deregulation
  • Civil Society, Charities, Volunteers and Not-for-profits
  • Community Services
  • Community Mental Health
  • Emergency Relief
  • Families and Children’s policy
  • Payments and programmes to support families and children, including Paid Parental Leave
  • Programmes and services to reduce violence against women and their children
  • Financial Counselling
  • Gambling regulation
  • Housing and Homelessness Policy and Programmes
  • Income management
  • Income Support for Seniors
  • Allowances Services and Concessions for Seniors
  • Income Support for people of working age and students, including Newstart Allowance and Austudy/ABSTUDY
  • Payments of programs under the Disabilities and Carers outcome including support for people with a disability and income support for carers
  • International Social Security Agreements
  • Social Security means test policy, nominee policy, advance payment policy and compensation provisions
  • Pension Bonus Scheme policy
  • Income support for people in Special Circumstances
  • Supplementary Payments and Support for Income Support Recipients

Minister Fifield is responsible for:

  • Policy and program aspects of the aged care system
  • Regulation oversight of the aged care system
  • Policy for and promotion of active ageing
  • Services to help people with disabilities obtain and maintain employment
  • Policy and program aspects of specialist supports for people with disability and their carers
  • Day to day oversight of the National Disability Insurance Scheme
  • Policy and program aspects of community supports for people with mental health issues and their carers
  • Specialist Employment Services – Disability Employment Services
  • Mental Health programmes

Parliamentary Secretary Fierravanti-Wells is responsible for:

  • Multicultural Affairs
  • Arrangement for settlement of migrants and humanitarian entrants other than migrant child and migrant adult education, including:
    • Humanitarian Settlement Services;
    • Settlement and other Grants programmes;
    • Complex Case Support; and
    • Diversity and Social Cohesion

Former Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries

Former Ministerial and Parliamentary Secretary media releases and speeches are available from the Archived Media site.

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