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 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.

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).

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.

Further information

Further information about Boards and Committees in the Social Services portfolio is available from AusGovBoards.

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