Legislation

This page lists the legislation that Services Australia is responsible for administering.

Human Services (Centrelink) Act 1997

The Human Services (Centrelink) Act 1997(previously the Commonwealth Services Agency Delivery Act 1997) creates the statutory office of the Chief Executive Centrelink within the Department of Human Services (s 7). It determines the Chief Executive Centrelinks functions including service delivery functions, functions conferred by other Acts and functions prescribed by the Human Services (Centrelink) Regulations 2011 (s 8). The service delivery functions are to provide services, benefits, programs or facilities that are provided for by the Commonwealth or a person other than the Commonwealth for a purpose for which the Parliament has the power to make laws (s 8A). The Chief Executive Centrelink can delegate his or her functions to employees (s 12).

Human Services (Medicare) Act 1973

The Human Services (Medicare) Act 1973 (previously the Medicare Australia Act 1973) creates the statutory office of the Chief Executive Medicare within the Department of Human Services (s 4). It determines the Chief Executive Medicares functions including service delivery functions, functions conferred by other Acts and Medicare functions (s 5). Medicare functions are the functions conferred on the Chief Executive Medicare by or under the Health Insurance Act 1973 (s 6). The Chief Executive Medicare can delegate his or her functions to employees (s 8AC). This Act also sets out investigative powers that may be exercised in connection with an investigation that the Chief Executive Medicare is conducting in the performance of his or her functions (Part IID).

Page last updated: 21 February 2020