| 24 July 1987|
| 24 March 1993|
| Department of Housing and Construction (III) - for Government works, furniture, furnishings and fittings
Department of Sport, Recreation and Tourism - for information coordination and services
Department of Territories (II) - for the Parliament House Construction Authority
Department of Science (III) - for meteorology, ionospheric prediction and analytical laboratory services Department of Resources and Energy - for geodosy and mapping function
Department of Arts, Heritage and Environment - for responsibility for the Australian Archives|
Department of the Arts and Administrative Services
Commonwealth of Australia
The Department of Administrative Services was an Australian government department that existed between July 1987 and March 1993. It was the third so-named Commonwealth department.
Department of Administrative Services (1987–93) Wikipedia
The Department was created in July 1987 after the abolishment of several Departments and was known as a 'super ministry.'
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 24 July 1987, the Department dealt with:Acquisition, leasing, management and disposal of land and property in Australia and overseas
Transport and storage services
Co-ordination of purchasing policy and civil Purchasing
Disposal of goods
Provision of accommodation and catering
Protective services at Commonwealth establishments
Analytical laboratory services
Meteorology Ionospheric prediction
Geodesy, mapping and surveying services
Planning, execution and maintenance of Commonwealth Government works
Design and maintenance of Government furniture, furnishings and fittings
Information co-ordination and services within Australia, including printing, publishing and advertising
Australian honours and symbols policy
Provision of facilities for members of Parliament other than in Parliament House
Administrative support for Royal Commissions and certain Committees of Inquiry.
The Department was an Australian Public Service department, staffed by officials who were responsible to the Minister for Administrative Services.
The Secretary of the Department was initially Graham Glenn, with Noel Tanzer succeeding him on 1 March 1989. Tanzer's mandate was to have the department work as a unit and begin to operate in accordance with commercial principles.