The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will be separated into two new departments from February 2021: the Department of Health (DoH) and the new Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH).
The Department of Health will be responsible for the Health, Ambulance Services, Mental Health and Ageing portfolios and, importantly, continue leading the Government’s public health response to the pandemic with Martin Foley as the Coordinating Minister.
The Department of Families, Fairness and Housing will include the current DHHS portfolios of Child Protection, Prevention of Family Violence, Housing and Disability with Richard Wynne taking on the role of Coordinating Minister.
This new department will also be responsible for the key policy areas of Multicultural Affairs, LGBTQI+ Equality, Veterans, and the offices for Women and Youth.
(Source: Premiers Media Release, 30.11.20)