Department of Education (1984–1987)

The Department of Education was an Australian government department that existed between December 1984 and July 1987. It was the second so-named Australian Government department.

Department of Education
Department overview
Formed13 December 1984[1]
Preceding Department
Dissolved24 July 1987[1]
Superseding agency
JurisdictionCommonwealth of Australia
Minister responsible
Department executives


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.

According to the National Archives of Australia, at its creation, the Department was responsible for education, other than migrant adult education.[1]


The Department was an Australian Public Service department, staffed by officials who were responsible to the Minister for Education, Susan Ryan.[1]

The Department was headed by a Secretary, initially Dick Johnson (1984‑1985) and subsequently Helen Williams (1985‑1987).[1] When Williams earned her secretary appointment, she was the first ever woman to be elevated to a position at the head of an Australian Government department.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e CA 4134: Department of Education [II], Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 15 December 2013 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "First woman PS head named". The Canberra Times. 15 January 1985. p. 1. Archived from the original on 22 January 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)