Department of Labor and Immigration

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Department of Labor and Immigration
Department overview
Formed 12 June 1974[1]
Preceding Department
Dissolved 22 December 1975[1]
Superseding agency
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Ministers responsible
Department executives

The Department of Labor and Immigration was an Australian government department that existed between June 1974 and December 1975.

History[edit]

When the Department of Labor and Immigration was formed by the Whitlam Government in June 1974, it represented a merger of the Department of Labour and the Department of Immigration.[2][3]

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 and in the Department's annual reports.

At its creation, the Department's functions were:[1][4]

  • Industrial relations, including conciliation and arbitration in relation to industrial disputes;
  • Commonwealth Employment Service
  • Reinstatement in civil employment of national servicemen, members of the Reserve Forces and members of the Citizen Forces
  • Assisted migration; and
  • Naturalization, citizenship and aliens.

Structure[edit]

The Department was a Commonwealth Public Service department, staffed by officials who were responsible to the Minister for Labor and Immigration.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d CA 1769: Department of Labor and Immigration, Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 28 December 2013 
  2. ^ Hawkins, Freda (1991), "Chapter 2: Australian Immigration Policy and Management, 1972–1986", Critical Years in Immigration: Canada and Australia Compared (2nd ed.), McGill-Queen's University Press, pp. 108–111, ISBN 0-7735-0852-X 
  3. ^ Solomon, David (12 June 1974). "Labor Ministry announced". The Canberra Times. p. 1. 
  4. ^ Commonwealth Archives Office (13 June 1974), CAO 153A Organisation: Commonwealth of Australia (PDF), National Archives of Australia, archived from the original (PDF) on 12 February 2014