Department of Aboriginal Affairs
|Formed||19 December 1972|
|Preceding Department||Department of the Environment, Aborigines and the Arts|
|Dissolved||5 March 1990|
|Superseding agency||Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission|
|Jurisdiction||Commonwealth of Australia|
|Ministers responsible||Gordon Bryant, Minister (1972‑73)
Jim Cavanagh, Minister (1973‑75)
Les Johnson, Minister (1975)
Tom Drake-Brockman, Minister (1975)
Ian Viner, Minister (1975‑78)
Fred Chaney, Minister (1978‑80)
Peter Baume, Minister (1980‑82)
Ian Wilson, Minister (1982‑83)
Clyde Holding, Minister (1983‑87)
Gerry Hand, Minister (1987‑90)
|Department executives||Lenox Hewitt, Secretary (1972‑73)
Barrie Dexter, Secretary (1973‑77)
David Hay, Secretary (1977‑79)
Tony Ayers, Secretary (1979‑81)
John Taylor, Secretary (1981‑84)
Charles Perkins, Secretary (1984‑88)
Bill Gray, Secretary (1988‑90)
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 Administrative Arrangements Order issued 19 December 1972, at its creation, the Department was responsible for:
- Matters related to the Aboriginal people of Australia.
- The development and administration of national policies for the advancement and welfare of the Aboriginal people, including the administration of welfare activities in the Territories.
- Special laws for the Aboriginal people.
- CA 1476: Department of Aboriginal Affairs, Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 15 December 2013
- National Archives of Australia, Gough Whitlam: In Office, National Archives of Australia, archived from the original on 19 April 2013
- Administrative Arrangements Order of 19 December 1972, National Archives of Australia, 19 December 1972, archived from the original on 26 April 2013
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