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:
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
^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, ISBN0-7735-0852-X