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Department of National Development and Energy

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Formed  8 December 1979
Headquarters  Canberra
Dissolved  11 March 1983
Preceding Department  Department of National Development (II)
Superseding agency  Department of Territories and Local Government - for local government Department of Resources and Energy - for national development and energy Department of Trade and Resources - for sections of the Atomic Energy Act 1953 Department of Industry and Commerce (II) - for decentralisation and urban planning and development
Jurisdiction  Commonwealth of Australia

The Department of National Development and Energy was an Australian government department that existed between December 1979 and March 1983. It replaced the Department of National Development and inherited domestic resources and energy matters from the Department of Trade and Resources.



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 was responsible for the following:

  • National energy policy, including planning and research into coal, oil and gas, uranium, solar energy and other forms of energy
  • Radioactive waste management.
  • Minerals exploration and resource assessment.
  • Water resources, soil conservation, and electricity.
  • Geodesy and mapping.
  • Decentralisation and urban planning and development.
  • Local government.
  • Structure

    The Department was an Commonwealth Public Service department, staffed by officials who were responsible to the Minister for National Development and Energy, John Carrick. The Secretary of the Department was A.J. Woods.


    Department of National Development and Energy Wikipedia

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