Department of Human Services

About us

The Department of Human Services (DHS) brings together a range of services, funding and policy responsibilities which together support fairness, opportunity and choice for all South Australians.

DHS has lead responsibility on behalf of the South Australian government in the areas of disability; early intervention to support health, safety and wellbeing of children; youth justice; domestic violence ; screening services and disaster recovery. The department also provides a wide range of grants to community organisations and concessions. DHS has lead policy responsibility in relation to women, youth and volunteers.


Lois Boswell is the Chief Executive for the Department of Human Services.


The department produces a variety of publications, including reports, policies and guidelines.

Page last updated : 30 Sep 2020

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