Department of Home Affairs (1977–80)

The Department of Home Affairs was an Australian government department that existed between December 1977 and November 1980. It was the third so-named Australian Government department.

Department of Home Affairs
Department overview
Formed20 December 1977[1]
Preceding Department
Dissolved3 November 1980[1]
Superseding agency
JurisdictionCommonwealth of Australia
Minister responsible
Department executives
  • A.R. Palmer, Acting Secretary (1977‑78)
  • Don McMichael, Secretary (1978‑80)


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 its creation, the Department dealt with:[1]

  • Administration of Norfolk Island, the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands, the Territory of Christmas Island and the Coral Sea Islands Territory
  • Women's Affairs
  • Support for the arts and letters
  • National archives
  • National museums


The Department was an Australian Public Service department, staffed by officials who were responsible to the Minister for Home Affairs, Bob Ellicott.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d CA 2474: Department of Home Affairs [III], Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 27 December 2013