Department of Trade (1983–87)

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Department of Trade
Department overview
Formed 11 March 1983[1]
Preceding Department Department of Trade and Resources
Dissolved 24 July 1987[1]
Superseding agency

Department of Primary Industries and Energy - for sugar legislation and commodity marketing/administration functions
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - for functions of trade agreements, bilateral and multilateral trade policy and international trade and commodity negotiations along with the New Zealand Preferential Customs Tariff Act and the Trade Representatives Act 1933

Department of Industry, Technology and Commerce - for export services/promotion function; export expansion and market development
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Headquarters Barton, Canberra
Ministers responsible Lionel Bowen, Minister (1983‑84)
John Dawkins, Minister (1984‑87)
Department executives Jim Scully, Secretary (1983‑84)
John Menadue, Secretary (1983‑86)
Vince FitzGerald, Secretary (1986‑87)

The Department of Trade was an Australian government department that existed between March 1983 and July 1987. It was the second so-named Australian Government 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.

At the department's creation it was responsible for:[1]

  • Trade and Commerce with other countries in particular-
    • Bilateral and Multilateral trade policy.
    • Trade promotion and services.
    • Trade agreements.
    • Export services.


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


  1. ^ a b c d CA 3500: Department of Trade [II], Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 28 December 2013