Department of Science and Consumer Affairs

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Department of Science and Consumer Affairs
Department overview
Formed 6 June 1975[1]
Preceding Department
Dissolved 22 December 1975[1]
Superseding agency
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Ministers responsible
Department executive

The Department of Science and Consumer Affairs was an Australian government department that existed between June and December 1975.


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]

  • Science and technology, including research, support of research and support of civil space research programs
  • Meteorology
  • Ionospheric prediction service
  • Analytical laboratory service
  • Patents of inventions and designs, and trade marks
  • Weights and measure
  • National standards
  • Consumer affairs


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


  1. ^ a b c d CA 1888: Department of Science and Consumer Affairs, Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 29 December 2013