Department of Arts, Heritage and Environment

The Department of Arts, Heritage and Environment was an Australian government department that existed between December 1984 and July 1987.

Department of Arts, Heritage and Environment
Department overview
Formed13 December 1984[1]
Preceding Department
Dissolved24 July 1987[1]
Superseding agency
JurisdictionCommonwealth of Australia
HeadquartersCity, Canberra
Minister responsible
Department executive


Information about the department's functions and/or government funding allocation could be found in the Administrative Arrangements Orders, the annual Portfolio Budget Statements and in the Department's annual reports.

At the department's creation it was responsible for:[1]

  • Environment and conservation
  • Cultural affairs, including support for the arts
  • National collections
  • National heritage.


The Department was a Commonwealth Public Service department, staffed by officials who were responsible to the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Environment.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d CA 4131: Department of Arts, Heritage and Environment, Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 29 December 2013