Machinery of Government update

29 January 2021
On February 1, the Department of Health and Human Services will separate to become two new departments - the Department of Health and the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing.
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 Department of Health and Human Services' portfolios of Child Protection, Prevention of Family Violence, Housing and Disability – ensuring the delivery of the significant investments from the recent Budget in Victoria’s recovery – with Richard Wynne taking on the role of Coordinating Minister. While each Service Agreement will ultimately be allocated to one of the two new departments, the contractual arrangements, expectations and funding will continue unchanged. As implementation of the Machinery of Government changes progress, funded agencies will be formally advised of any changes to the administration and management of their Service Agreement.