Department of Transport (1983–87)

The Department of Transport was an Australian government department that existed between March 1983 and July 1987. It was announced by Prime Minister Bob Hawke as a new agency on his first day in the leadership position. The former Department of Transport and Construction was split into two departments, reconstituting the separate Department of Housing and Construction so as "to provide a focus for policies affecting the housing and building industries".[1]

Department of Transport
Department overview
Formed11 March 1983[1]
Preceding Department
Dissolved24 July 1987[1]
Superseding agency
JurisdictionCommonwealth of Australia
Minister responsible
Department executives

According to the Administrative Arrangements Order (AAO) made on 11 March 1983, the Department dealt with:[1]

  • Shipping and marine navigation (including lighthouses, lightships, beacons and buoys)
  • Land transport


The Department was an Australian Public Service department responsible to the Minister for Transport, Peter Morris.[1] Department officials were headed by a Secretary, initially Rae Taylor (until February 1986),[1] then Colin Freeland.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f CA 3501: Department of Transport [IV], Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 2 December 2013
  2. ^ Hawke, Robert (10 February 1986). "UNKNOWN" (Press release). Archived from the original on 1 November 2013.