Department of Territories (1984–1987)

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

Department of Territories
Department overview
Formed13 December 1984[1]
Preceding Department
Dissolved24 July 1987[1]
Superseding agency
JurisdictionCommonwealth of Australia
HeadquartersElectricity House, City, Canberra
Minister responsible
Department executive

History Edit

The department was abolished as part of the massive restructuring of the Public Service announced by Prime Minister Bob Hawke in July 1987.[2]

Scope Edit

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 the Australian Capital Territory, the Jervis Bay Territory, the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands, the Territory of Christmas Island, the Coral Sea Islands Territory and the Territory of Ashmore and Cartier Islands and of Commonwealth responsibilities on Norfolk Island.
  • Constitutional development of the Northern Territory of Australia.

Structure Edit

The department was a Commonwealth Public Service department, staffed by officials who were responsible to the Minister for Territories.[1]

References Edit

  1. ^ a b c d CA 4135: Department of Territories [II], Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 29 December 2013
  2. ^ Hobbs, Philip (15 July 1987). "Long faces and bewildered looks at the now-defunct Department of Territories: ACT affairs to be run by an 'office'". The Canberra Times. p. 3.