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.


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]


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.


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


  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