About the Department

We aspire to be Australia’s pre-eminent social policy agency. Our mission is to improve the lifetime wellbeing of people and families in Australia.

Last updated:

About the Department Features


Try, Test and Learn Fund – Tranche two now open!

Find out how you can submit a proposal for the second tranche of the Try, Test and Learn Fund.
Continue Reading

Be Connected Every Australian online

Discover how being online can enrich your life

Be Connected is a new, free program for older Australians to help them increase their online confidence and skills, and realise the benefits of going online.
Continue Reading

DSS Annual Report 2016-17

DSS Annual Report

Now available online.
Continue Reading

Survey on Community Attitudes Towards Safety

National Survey on Community Attitudes towards Safety

The results of the study will help to inform policy on violence and related issues in the Australian community in order to improve public health and safety.
Continue Reading

About the Department Latest News

Possible Scam Alert

The Department of Social Services (DSS) has recently received reports that members of the Public have been contacted by phone by an individual or individuals identifying themselves as DSS officers.
Continue Reading