Department of Housing and Regional Development

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Department of Housing and Regional Development
Department overview
Formed25 March 1994[1]
Preceding Department
Dissolved11 March 1996[1]
Superseding agency
JurisdictionCommonwealth of Australia
Minister responsible
Department executive

The Department of Housing and Regional Development was an Australian government department that existed between March 1994 and March 1996.


The department was created by the Keating Government on 25 March 1994, dividing the Department of Human Services and Health.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5]


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:[6]


The Department was administered by Australian public servants who were responsible to the Minister for Housing and Regional Development, Brian Howe.

The Secretary of the Department was Andrew Podger.[1]


  1. ^ a b c CA 7901: Department of Housing and Regional Development, Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 18 November 2013
  2. ^ Department of Health, History of the Department, Department of Health, archived from the original on 9 November 2013
  3. ^ Keating, Paul (25 March 1994). "Statement by the Prime Minister" (Press release). Archived from the original on 22 April 2014.
  4. ^ Waterford, Jack (26 March 1994). "Nips and tucks in administration". The Canberra Times. p. 14.
  5. ^ Howard, John (8 March 1996). "Statement by the Prime Minister Designate" (Press release). Archived from the original on 10 November 2013.
  6. ^ 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