The day-to-day work of the Department of Human Services doesn’t usually involve trekking off-road through Australia in a four-wheel drive.
For more than a decade, Margaret Betts has played a vital role on behalf of the Department of Human Services in Jabiru, in Kakadu National Park. She has linked the remote Indigenous community to government services, giving residents access to essential support.
Having a place to live is something we often take for granted. But the reality is that in Australia 1 in 200 people sleep rough each night, with 42 per cent of all homeless people under the age of 25.
February saw Townsville face its biggest natural disaster in recent times when it was hit by floods that destroyed homes and devastated the community.
The Tiwi Islands are 80 kilometres off the coast of mainland Northern Territory. It’s only a short distance from Darwin but the series of Islands are a world away from city life.
Bathurst Island, one of the two largest Islands that make up Tiwi, is predominantly populated by Indigenous communities where English is often their second or third language.
The Indigenous Apprenticeships Programme (IAP) has finished for another year, launching the public service careers of 238 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Department of Human Services staff across Tasmania came together during 2018 to raise almost $30,000 for close to 70 charities.