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In 1985 there was a major re-organisation of the administration and provision of health services in Victoria which was given effect by a series of Administrative Arrangements Orders (Nos.30, 31, 36, 37, 41 and 42), amendments to the Public Service Act 1974 and the Health Amendment Act 1985 (No.10262).
The Department of Health II (commonly known as the Health Department) (VA 2695) was established by Order of the Governor-in-Council under the Public Service Act 1974 on 26 August 1985. The powers and responsibilities of the Health Commission of Victoria (VA 652) and its Chairman were vested in the Department of Health and its Chief General Manager.
Many services which had been traditionally regarded as health services were redefined as community services and by 1 October 1985 responsibility for these services was transferred to the Department of Community Services (VA 2633).
The Department of Health II was superseded by the Department of Health and Community Services (VA 3092) in October 1992.
Location of Records
There are very few records of the Department of Health II in the custody of the Public Record Office these are listed below, however for records of its predecessors see List of Holdings 2nd edition 1985, section 3.11.0. As municipal councils continue to have a significant role in the provision of health services, see also VRG 12 Municipalities and the List of Holdings section 10.0.0. For records of individual health and welfare agencies see also VRG 8 and List of Holdings section 8.0.0.