Department of Administrative Services (1975–84)

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Department of Administrative Services
Department overview
Formed 22 December 1975[1]
Dissolved 13 December 1984[1]
Superseding agency

Department of Sport, Recreation and Tourism

Department of Local Government and Administrative Services
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Headquarters Canberra
Department executives Peter Lawler, Secretary (1975‑83)
Kenneth Norman Jones, Secretary (1983‑84)

The Department of Administrative Services was an Australian government department that existed between December 1975 and December 1984. It was the second so-named Commonwealth department.


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 (AAO) made on 22 December 1975 (reproduced by the National Archives), the Department dealt with:[1]

  • Provision of accommodation, staff and other facilities for members of the Parliament other than in Parliament House
  • Procurement and purchase of goods and services, as required, for Australian Government purposes
  • Maintenance of stocks of any such goods
  • Disposal of surplus goods Government transport and storage facilities in the States and storage and transport of goods in the ACT
  • Advisory services on fire protection for Australian Government purposes in Australia
  • Government publicity and information
  • Government printing, publishing and advertising
  • Acquisition, leasing and disposal of land and property, including office accommodation, in Australia and overseas for Australian Government purposes
  • Land, engineering and topographical surveys for Australian Government purposes
  • Royal Commissions Matters relating to the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands, the Territory of Christmas Island, Norfolk Island and the Coral Sea Island Territory
  • National Museums
  • National Archives
  • Grants to national organisations
  • Support for international conferences
  • World expositions
  • War graves
  • Elections and referendums.


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


  1. ^ a b c d CA 1964: Department of Administrative Services [II], Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 11 December 2013