Department of Science and Technology (Australia)

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Department of Science and Technology
Department overview
Formed 3 November 1980[1]
Preceding Department
Dissolved 13 December 1984[1]
Superseding agency
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Headquarters Belconnen, Canberra
Department executives

The Department of Science and Technology was an Australian government department that existed between November 1980 and December 1984.


The Department was created by the Fraser Government, joining the Department of Productivity with the Department of Science and the Environment, having received advice from the Australian Science and Technology Council that there would be merit in merging the two departments.[2]

The Department was abolished by the Hawke Government in December 1984, making way for the new Department of Industry, Technology and Commerce.[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.

According to the Administrative Arrangements Order (AAO) made on 3 November 1980, the Department dealt with:[1]

  • Science and Technology including research, support of research and support of civil space research programs
  • Productivity of industry
  • Patents of inventions and designs, and trade marks
  • Meteorology
  • Ionospheric prediction services
  • Analytical laboratory services
  • Weights and measures


The Department was an Australian Public Service department, staffed by officials who were responsible to the Ministers for Science and Technology.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d CA 3069: Department of Science and Technology, Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 23 November 2013 
  2. ^ Fraser, Malcolm (2 November 1980). "The New Ministry" (Press release). Archived from the original on 11 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Hawke, Robert (11 December 1984). "Changes to the Ministry and Departmental Arrangements" (Press release). Archived from the original on 11 January 2014.