This page lists the legislation that the Department of Human Services is responsible for administering.
Australian Hearing Services Act 1991
The Australian Hearing Services Act 1991 establishes Australian Hearing Services (s 7) with the primary functions of providing hearing services, carrying out research and development in relation to hearing services and acoustic development, and conducting education about hearing services, in addition to any other functions conferred on the Authority (s 8). The power to perform these functions is exercised by the Authority (s 9) a body corporate governed by a Board of Directors (ss 7, 13, 14, 15 and 16), which is subject to the direction of the Minister for Human Services (s 12). The Managing Director manages the Authority, under the Board (s 42).
Human Services (Centrelink) Act 1997
The Human Services (Centrelink) Act 1997(previously the Commonwealth Services Agency Delivery Act 1997) creates the statutory office of the Chief Executive Centrelink within the Department of Human Services (s 7). It determines the Chief Executive Centrelinks functions including service delivery functions, functions conferred by other Acts and functions prescribed by the Human Services (Centrelink) Regulations 2011 (s 8). The service delivery functions are to provide services, benefits, programs or facilities that are provided for by the Commonwealth or a person other than the Commonwealth for a purpose for which the Parliament has the power to make laws (s 8A). The Chief Executive Centrelink can delegate his or her functions to departmental employees (s 12).
Human Services (Medicare) Act 1973
The Human Services (Medicare) Act 1973 (previously the Medicare Australia Act 1973) creates the statutory office of the Chief Executive Medicare within the Department of Human Services (s 4). It determines the Chief Executive Medicares functions including service delivery functions, functions conferred by other Acts and Medicare functions (s 5). Medicare functions are the functions conferred on the Chief Executive Medicare by or under the Health Insurance Act 1973 (s 6). The Chief Executive Medicare can delegate his or her functions to departmental employees (s 8AC). This Act also sets out investigative powers that may be exercised in connection with an investigation that the Chief Executive Medicare is conducting in the performance of his or her functions (Part IID).