Department of Housing and Regional Development
|Formed||25 March 1994|
|Dissolved||11 March 1996|
|Jurisdiction||Commonwealth of Australia|
The department was created by the Keating Government on 25 March 1994, dividing the Department of Human Services and Health. At the time, media noted that the department was similar to the Whitlam-era Department of Urban and Regional Development, with the key difference being that all funds were to be paid through states and local governments rather than through Australian Government programs.
After the Howard Government was elected at the 1996 federal election, Prime Minister John Howard dismantled the department, assigning its welfare housing functions to the Department of Social Security and its industry functions to the newly created Department of Industry, Science and Tourism.
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 25 March 1994, the Department dealt with:
- Matters relating to local government
- Planning and land management in the Australian Capital Territory
- Regional development
- CA 7901: Department of Housing and Regional Development, Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 18 November 2013
- Department of Health, History of the Department, Department of Health, archived from the original on 9 November 2013
- Keating, Paul (25 March 1994). "Statement by the Prime Minister" (Press release). Archived from the original on 22 April 2014.
- Waterford, Jack (26 March 1994). "Nips and tucks in administration". The Canberra Times. p. 14.
- Howard, John (8 March 1996). "Statement by the Prime Minister Designate" (Press release). Archived from the original on 10 November 2013.
- Administrative Arrangements Order issued 25 March 1994 (PDF), National Archives of Australia, 25 March 1994, p. 22, archived from the original (PDF) on 5 April 2013