Minister for Social Inclusion

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Minister for Social Inclusion
StyleThe Honourable
AppointerPrime Minister of Australia[citation needed]
Inaugural holderMike Rann
Final holderMark Butler
Abolished1 July 2013

The title Minister for Social Inclusion refers to at least 2 positions that existed in Federal and state levels of Australian government between 2004 and 2013. The position ceased to exist with the abolishing of the Federal government Minister for Social Inclusion role on 1 July 2013. This role was part of the Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio.[1]

The position of Social Inclusion Minister was initiated by the South Australian Government in 2004, when then-Premier Mike Rann adopted the title. He held the portfolio until his retirement as Premier in October 2011. In 2002 Premier Rann established the Social Inclusion Initiative headed by Monsignor David Cappo, who was later appointed as the state's Social Inclusion Commissioner, sitting on the Executive Committee of Cabinet.[2] The Initiative led to a big investment in strategies to combat homelessness, including establishing the Common Ground program and Street to Home initiative,[3] the ICAN flexible learning strategy to improve school retention[4] and major funding to revamp mental health in South Australia.

List of Social Inclusion Ministers[edit]


# Minister Party affiliation Period
1 Julia Gillard Australian Labor Party 2007–2010
2 Simon Crean 2010
3 Tanya Plibersek 2010–2011
4 Mark Butler 2011–2013

South Australia[edit]

# Minister Party affiliation Period
1 Mike Rann Australian Labor Party 2004–2011


  1. ^ Ministry List: Second Gillard Government Archived 4 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ ABC News, 28 April 2006 "Cappo Appointed Social Inclusion Commissioner"
  3. ^, 20 November 2012
  4. ^ Archived 5 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine