Department of Trade (1983–87)

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Department of Trade
Department overview
Formed 11 March 1983[1]
Preceding Department
Dissolved 24 July 1987[1]
Superseding agency
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Headquarters Barton, Canberra
Ministers responsible
Department executives

The Department of Trade was an Australian government department that existed between March 1983 and July 1987. It was the second so-named Australian Government Department.


The Department was dissolved in July 1987 as part of a large overhaul of the Public Service that reduced the number of departments from 28 to 17.[2]


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 the department's creation it was responsible for:[1]

  • Trade and Commerce with other countries in particular-
    • Bilateral and Multilateral trade policy.
    • Trade promotion and services.
    • Trade agreements.
    • Export services.


The Department was an Commonwealth Public Service department, staffed by officials who were responsible to the Minister for Trade.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d CA 3500: Department of Trade [II], Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 28 December 2013 
  2. ^ Campbell, Rod (15 July 1987). "Enormous PS shake-up: 3000 positions abolished: 11 departments wiped out". The Canberra Times. p. 1.