Department of Industry, Technology and Commerce
|Formed||13 December 1984|
|Dissolved||24 March 1993|
|Jurisdiction||Commonwealth of Australia|
The Department was created by the Hawke Government in December 1984, a substantial expansion of the previous Department of Industry and Commerce. Hawke reasoned that including responsibility for technology and civil offsets in the new Department would enable better integration of Australia's industry and technology policies and would increase the competitiveness of Australian industry stimulating growth and employment opportunities.
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 13 December 1984, the Department dealt with:
- Manufacturing and Commerce (including industries development)
- Technology and industrial research and development
- Small business
- Duties of customs and excise
- Bounties on the production or export of goods
- Offsets, to the extent not dealt with by the Department of Defence
From 13 December 1984 to 12 March 1985, the Secretary of the Department was Tom Hayes. Hayes left the department in 1985 to become Comptroller-General of the Australian Customs Service, which had been taken out of the department and established as a separate statutory authority.
From 13 March 1985 to 30 June 1990, the Secretary was David Charles. The third Secretary of the department was Malcolm McIntosh, from 1 July 1990 to 22 December 1990. Neville Stevens was appointed the department's fourth and final secretary in December 1990.
- CA 4132: Department of Industry, Technology and Commerce, Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 23 November 2013
- Hawke, Robert (11 December 1984). "Changes to the Ministry and Departmental Arrangements" (Press release). Archived from the original on 11 January 2014.
- Administrative Arrangements Order issued 13 December 1984 (PDF), National Archives of Australia, 13 December 1984, archived from the original (PDF) on 27 April 2013
- "Head of reorganised department". The Canberra Times. 28 August 1985. p. 24.
- Hawke, Robert (20 December 1990). "Unknown" (Press release). Archived from the original on 4 April 2014.
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