Department of Transport and Regional Services

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Department of Transport and Regional Services
Department of Transport and Regional Services logo.gif
Department overview
Formed 21 October 1998[1]
Preceding Department Department of Transport and Regional Development
Dissolved 3 December 2007[1]
Superseding agency Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Department executives Allan Hawke, Secretary 1998-1999
Ken Matthews, Secretary 1999–2004
Mike Taylor, Secretary 2004–2007
Website dotars.gov.au

The Department of Transport and Regional Services (DOTARS) was an Australian government department that existed between October 1998 and December 2007.

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, in the Department's annual reports and on the departmental website.

According to the Administrative Arrangements Order (AAO) made on 21 October 1998, the Department dealt with:[2]

Intended outcomes[edit]

The department worked to help the Government of the day achieve its policy objectives by contributing to, and reporting against key outcomes. The 2002–03 departmental annual report identified the Department's two key outcomes as:[3]

  • a better transport system for Australia; and
  • greater recognition and development opportunities for local, regional and territory communities.

Structure[edit]

The Department was an Australian Public Service department responsible to the Minister of the day. The Department was headed by a Secretary. The first Secretary of the Department was Allan Hawke, carrying on his role from the previous Department of Transport and Regional Development.[4] In October 1999, the Prime Minister John Howard announced that Ken Matthews had been appointed as the Department's Secretary, to commence in November of that year.[5] Mike Taylor took over the Secretary role from Matthews in 2004, after indicating to Prime Minister John Howard his strong interest in working in water reform at the National Water Commission.[6]

Ministers and parliamentary secretaries[edit]

Ministers and parliamentary secretaries associated with the Department included:

  • John Anderson, Minister for Transport and Regional Services[7]
  • Ian Macdonald, Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government[7]
  • Ron Boswell, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services[7]
  • Warren Truss, Minister for Transport and Regional Services[8]
  • Jim Lloyd, Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads[9][8]
  • John Cobb, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services[9]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b CA 8618: Department of Transport and Regional Services, Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 28 June 2013 
  2. ^ Administrative Arrangements Order issued 21 October 1998, National Archives of Australia, 21 October 1998, p. 28, archived from the original on 27 April 2013 
  3. ^ 2002–03 Annual Report 2003, p. 2.
  4. ^ Hawke, Allan (1 October 2013). "People are far more than mere 'resources'". The Age (Fairfax Media). Archived from the original on 18 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Howard, John (26 October 1999), New Secretary to the Department of Transport and Regional Services, archived from the original on 19 November 2013 
  6. ^ Howard, John (22 October 2004). "Appointment of Secretaries" (Press release). Archived from the original on 19 November 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c 2000–01 Annual Report 2001, Letter of Transmittal.
  8. ^ a b 2005–06 Annual Report 2006, p. iii.
  9. ^ a b 2003–04 Annual Report 2004, p. iii.

References and further resources[edit]