About the Department

The Department of Human Services supports Victorians in need to build better lives and achieve their potential.

We take a whole-of-government and whole-of-community approach, working with our community services sector partners to provide housing and community services for individuals and families to help them get their lives back on track.

We develop and coordinate whole-of-government policies to remove barriers and improve the lives of Victorian women, young people and people living with a disability so they can fully participate in and contribute to their community and the economy.

Our Organisation

General information about the department, including details about its structure, values and key staff, as well as annual reports and budget and career information.

Our Ministers

Profiles of Ministers who hold the portfolios managed by the Victorian Department of Human Services and profile for the Parliamentary Secretary for Family and Community Services.

Plans, Programs & Projects

Strategic and service directions for the department.

Funding, Grants & Tenders

Funding opportunities for activities and projects that contribute to the delivery of departmental objectives, as well as assistance for individuals.

News & Events

Covers news items from all areas of human services interest, and events happening throughout the department. Includes a listing of our newsletters.

Documents & Resources

Includes specific materials such as reports, policies, guidelines, statisitics, forms and templates.

Latest News and Events

  • New Sandhurst Residential Services provider announced

    Friday 31 October 2014

    Two organisations to join forces to deliver supported accommodation services for residents of Sandhurst Residential Services.

  • Next Phase of Services Connect Begins

    Image of Services Connect Progress Report cover Tuesday 28 October 2014

    The eight new Services Connect Partnerships gathered together for the first time on 28 October to celebrate the exciting next phase of testing the Services Connect integrated model of human service delivery across rural, regional and metropolitan Victoria.

  • Supporting Kelly and her grandchildren

    Kelly Monday 27 October 2014

    Watch this video to find out how Services Connect is assisting Kelly to look after her grandchildren.

  • Reflecting on progress for people with a disability

    Photo of statement of achievements cover Wednesday 22 October 2014

    The At home, play, school and work: Statement of achievements, released today, highlights the outcomes of the Victorian state disability plan 2013-16 since it commenced in January 2013.

  • Principal multi-disciplinary centre opens in Dandenong

    Children's room at Dandenong Multi-disciplinary Centre Wednesday 22 October 2014

    Victoria's fourth multi-disciplinary centre was opened in Dandenong earlier this month, offering integrated support to adults and children who have experienced sexual assault or abuse.


Better services, better opportunities - Department of Human Services' strategic directions

A new direction for the Department of Human Services

The Department of Human Services commenced operation under its new organisational structure on 14 December 2012, removing program-based silos and duplication and putting more focus at the front-line, where clients access our services.

More on A new direction for the Department of Human Services