Department of Urban and Regional Development

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Department of Urban and Regional Development
Department overview
Formed19 December 1972[1]
Preceding Department
Dissolved22 December 1975[1]
Superseding agency
JurisdictionCommonwealth of Australia
Ministers responsible
Department executive

The Department of Urban and Regional Development was an Australian government department that existed between December 1972 and December 1975.


The Department was one of several new Departments established by the Whitlam Government, a wide restructuring that revealed some of the new government's program.[2] When the Fraser Government took office in November 1975 following the 1975 Australian constitutional crisis, the Department was abolished.[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 described as 'matters related to city and regional planning and development, including assistance to, and co-operation with, the States and local-governing bodies'.[1]


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


  1. ^ a b c d CA 1493: Department of Urban and Regional Development, Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 29 December 2013
  2. ^ National Archives of Australia, Gough Whitlam: In Office, National Archives of Australia, archived from the original on 19 April 2013
  3. ^ Juddery, Bruce (19 December 1975). "Bureacratic Convulsion: Eight departments go". The Canberra Times. p. 1. Archived from the original on 20 March 2014.