Department of Science (1984–87)

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Department of Science
Department overview
Formed 13 December 1984[1]
Preceding Department
Dissolved 24 July 1987[1]
Superseding agency
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Headquarters Canberra
Minister responsible
Department executive

The Department of Science was an Australian government department that existed between December 1984 and July 1987. It was the third so-named Australian Government department.


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 National Archives of Australia, at its creation, the Department was responsible for:[1]

  • Science policy and research
  • Patents of inventions and designs, and trade marks
  • Meteorology
  • Ionospheric prediction
  • Analytical laboratory services
  • Weights and measures
  • Administration of the Australian Antarctic Territory and the Territory of Heard Island and the McDonald Islands
  • Commission for the Future.


The Department was an Australian Public Service department, staffed by officials who were responsible to the Minister for Science, Barry Jones.[1]

The Department was headed by a Secretary, Greg Tegart.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d e CA 4136: Department of Science [III], Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 15 December 2013 
  2. ^ "Biographical entry: Tegart, William John McGregor (1929 - )", Encyclopedia of Australian Science, National Library of Australia, archived from the original on 22 January 2014