Department of Social Services

Grow your opportunities & transform Australia’s future.

The Department of Social Services (DSS) offers a challenging and meaningful career at the heart of the Australian Government's social policy agenda. It’s more than just a job.

We have a central role in delivering policies and programmes that improve the lifetime wellbeing of people and families in Australia. We are responsible for about a quarter of the Australian Government Budget, responding to need across people’s lives, encouraging independence and participation, and supporting a cohesive society.

We work to provide policies and services that:

  •     support people and families to participate economically and socially in Australian society
  •     enhance the independence and wellbeing of people with high needs
  •     foster a cohesive community and promote civil society
  •     provide a safety net for people who cannot fully support themselves.