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1.2 Overview of the departments

Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services was established on 1 January 2015 and signals a new approach to developing social and economic policy and improving the wellbeing of Victorians.

The department, in consultation with communities, clients and service partners is planning improvements to the health and wellbeing of Victorians through reformed health, community and sport and recreation programs.

The Department of Health and Human Services supports the portfolios of:

  • the Hon. Jill Hennessy, Minister for Health, and Minister for Ambulance Services
  • Jenny Mikakos, Minister for Families and Children, and Minister for Youth Affairs
  • Martin Foley, Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing, and Minister for Mental Health
  • the Hon. John Eren, Minister for Sport.

The department develops and delivers policies, programs and services that support and enhance the wellbeing of all Victorians.

With its service partners and the community, the department provides services and support to:

  • help Victorians to be as healthy as they can be
  • assist people to access opportunities that lead to positive, fulfilling lives
  • build people’s capacity to participate in social, economic and community life
  • contribute to a society that is inclusive, provides fair access to opportunity for all, and in which health and social inequality is minimised
  • provide services and protection for the most vulnerable members of society, and build resilience to overcome the challenges that communities and individuals face
  • provide integrated care that is responsive to the need of individuals, families and local communities.

The department delivers and funds a broad range of human services to all Victorians including:

  • disability services
  • child protection, family and early parenting services,
  • youth and youth justice services
  • secure, affordable and appropriate housing and support services for people experiencing, or at risk of homelessness and family violence programs
  • programs to support capacity building, social inclusion and community empowerment
  • networks of support and learning opportunities within communities
  • concessions to low income groups to make essential services more affordable.

The Department of Health and Human Services also delivers and funds a broad range of health and health related services to all Victorians. The departmental portfolios are:


  • Health care services through the public hospital system, community health services, ambulance services and dental services.
  • Health promotion and protection through emergency management, public health and related preventative services, education and regulation.

Mental Health

  • The public mental health service system consisting of clinical services and psychiatric disability rehabilitation and support services.
  • A range of alcohol and drug prevention and treatment services.

Aged Care

  • Residential and rehabilitation care for older people, along with support and assistance to enable them to remain independently in their own homes.

Department of Education and Training 

The Department of Education and Training (the Department) supports and provides a range of learning and development opportunities for Victorian children, young people and adults.


‘Together we give every Victorian the best learning and development experience, making our state a smarter, fairer and more prosperous place.”

The Department supports Victorians to reach their potential, regardless of their background, postcode or circumstance, and to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to participate and thrive in a complex economy and society.

Ministerial portfolios

The Department of Education and Training supports the portfolios of:

  • The Hon. James Merlino, Minister for Education
  • The Hon. Steve Herbert, Minister for Training and Skills (international Education)
  • The Hon. Jenny Mikakos, Minister for Families and Children


The Department's responsibilities cover three overlapping life stages:

  • Early childhood development - covering health, learning and development services;
  • School education - covering primary, secondary and special school services for children and young people from Prep to Year 12; and
  • Higher education and skills - covering higher education, vocational education and training, apprenticeships and traineeships, and adult, community and further education.


The Department delivers education and development services to children, young people and adults both directly through government schools, and indirectly through the regulation and funding of early childhood services, non-government schools and training programs.

The Department implements Victorian Government policy on early childhood services, school education and training and higher education services. The Department manages Victorian government schools and drives improvement in primary and secondary government education.

For further information

For further information about the Department, refer to the Department of Education and Training (external link, opens in a new window) website.