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Department of Resources and Energy

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Formed  11 March 1983
Headquarters  Canberra
Dissolved  24 July 1987
Preceding Department  Department of National Development and Energy Department of Trade and Resources
Superseding agency  Department of Primary Industries and Energy Department of Administrative Services (III)
Jurisdiction  Commonwealth of Australia

The Department of Resources and Energy was an Australian government department that existed between March 1983 and July 1987.



The Department was one of three new Departments established by the Hawke Government in March 1983, to ensure the priorities of the Labor Government could be given effect to readily following the federal election of that month.

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.


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 Resources and Energy, Peter Walsh (from 1983 to 1984) and then Gareth Evans (from 1984). The Secretary of the Department was A.J. Woods (until 1986) and then G. Evans (from 1986).


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