Department of Business and Consumer Affairs

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Department of Business and Consumer Affairs
Department overview
Formed22 December 1975[1]
Preceding Department
Dissolved7 May 1982[1]
Superseding agency
JurisdictionCommonwealth of Australia
Department executives

The Department of Business and Consumer Affairs was an Australian government department that existed between December 1975 and May 1982.


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 its creation, the Department was responsible for the following:[1]

  • Business practices
  • Duties of customs and excise
  • Bounties on the production or export of goods
  • Bankruptcy and insolvency
  • Patents of inventions and designs, and trade marks
  • Copyrights
  • Consumer Affairs.


The Department was an Australian Public Service department, staffed by officials who were responsible to the Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d CA 1951: Department of Business and Consumer Affairs, Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 11 December 2013