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 Institute of Family Studies (AIFS)

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

National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)

The NDIA 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.

The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

The Commission is an independent agency established to improve the quality and safety of NDIS supports and services. The role of the Commission is to regulate the NDIS market, provide national consistency, promote safety and quality services, resolve problems and identify areas for improvement.

Statutory Appointments

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).

The Department supports the Minister in appointment matters for the following statutory appointments:

Position Name of Agency/Board/Council Appointing Authority Enabling Legislation
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)** NDIA Board National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (NDIS Act 2013), section 160
Director Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) Minister Family Law Act 1975, section 114D
Chair/Board member NDIA Board** Minister NDIS Act 2013, section 127
Principal Member/Council Member NDIA Independent Advisory Council Minister NDIS Act 2013, section 147
NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commissioner NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission Minister NDIS Act 2013, section 181L

** Referred to as the National Disability Insurance Scheme Launch Transition Agency in the enabling legislation

Ministerial Appointments to Boards and Committees

The Department supports the Minister in making appointments to significant positions in portfolio bodies such as members of non-statutory bodies and Directors of companies. These include appointments to the following non-statutory bodies:

  • Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) Expert Advisory Committee (formerly the AIFS Advisory Council)
  • Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety
  • National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters
  • National Disability and Carers Advisory Council
  • Our WATCh
  • Settlement Services Advisory Council
  • The Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership.

Further information

Further information about the statutory and non-statutory appointments (including appointee details) in the Social Services portfolio is available on Directory.gov.au.

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