Series VPRS 18195
Register of Applications, Section 20 (Admissions of Children to the Care of the Department)
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Date Range: Series 1958 - 1974
  Series in Custody 1958 - 1974
  Contents 1958 - 1974
Public Access: Closed
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1958 - 1961 Children's Welfare Department 1924-1961 (previously known as Department for Neglected Children 1887-1924), Chief Secretary's Department VA 1467
1960 - 1971 Social Welfare Branch, Chief Secretary's Department VA 2784
1971 - 1974 Social Welfare Department VA 946
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2015 - cont Department of Health and Human Services VA 5037
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  • How to use the Records
    Consult the list of records in this series to locate the volume of interest.

    See also:

    VPRS 4527 Ward Registers (known as Children's Registers 1864 - 1887) [1864-1966].

    VPRS 10071 State Ward Case Files, all Wards (to June 1961); Family Welfare Division Ward Case Files (July 1961-1978), Single Number System [1935-1978].

  • Function / Content
    This series consists of volumes detailing applications for children to be admitted to the care of the Department under Section 20 of the Children's Welfare Act 1958, No. 6219. The volumes were maintained by the Children's Welfare Department (VA 1467), Social Welfare Branch, Chief Secretary's Department (VA 2784) and Social Welfare Department (VA 946).

    Parents or guardians who were unable to sufficiently support their child could submit an application to the Department under Section 20 of the Act requesting that their child become a ward of the state. As the Act states,

    "Where any child is without sufficient means of support and no available legal proceedings can be taken to obtain sufficient means of support for such child, any parent guardian or person having the care and custody of the child may apply in the prescribed form to the Director that the child be admitted to the care of the Children's Welfare Department" (p. 489).

    Section 20 of the Act also outlined that in certain cases, a magistrate may be appointed to conduct further investigation into the application for the Department.


    The Register of Applications records the following information:

    - Sequential Number (of undetermined use - only used in first register)
    - Date of Application
    - Date Application received
    - Name and Address of Applicant
    - Name of Child
    - Date of Birth
    - Religion
    - Date seen by Magistrate
    - Date Returned and Recommendations (Recommended / Not recommended)
    - Date Sent to Chief Secretary
    - Date Returned and Decision (Approved / Withdrawn)
    - Remarks (usually records placement details).


    The first volume includes an alphabetical surname index in the front.


    The relationship of this series with VPRS 10057 p units 1 and 2 is subject to further research.

  • Recordkeeping System
    Entries are arranged chronologically by date of application.

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