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Minister for Indigenous Australians

Minister for Indigenous Australians
Incumbent
Linda Burney
since 1 June 2022 (2022-06-01)
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
StyleThe Honourable
AppointerGovernor-General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Australia
Inaugural holderPeter Howson (as Minister for the Environment, Aborigines and the Arts)
Formation10 March 1971 (1971-03-10)
Websiteministers.pmc.gov.au/burney

The Minister for Indigenous Australians in the Government of Australia is a position which holds responsibility for affairs affecting Indigenous Australians. Previous ministers have held various other titles since the position was created in 1968, most recently Minister for Indigenous Affairs. Since 1 June 2022 it has been held by Linda Burney.

Current minister and role

Linda Burney was sworn in as part of the Albanese ministry on 1 June 2022, following the Australian federal election in 2022.[1] She took over the role from Ken Wyatt, who was the first Indigenous Australian appointed to the role, and the first minister named as Minister for Indigenous Australians.[2]

The role assumes responsibility for matters concerning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia, and is responsible for the National Indigenous Australians Agency.[2]

Portfolio

In the Government of Australia, the Minister administers the portfolio through the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and a range of other government agencies, including:[citation needed]

List of ministers

Indigenous affairs

The following individuals have been appointed as Minister for Indigenous Affairs, or any precedent titles:[3]

Order Minister Party affiliation Prime Minister Ministerial title Term start Term end Term in office
1 Bill Wentworth   Liberal Gorton Minister in charge of Aboriginal Affairs under the Prime Minister 28 February 1968 (1968-02-28) 10 March 1971 (1971-03-10) 3 years, 92 days
McMahon 10 March 1971 (1971-03-10) 31 May 1971 (1971-05-31)
2 Peter Howson Minister for the Environment, Aborigines and the Arts 31 May 1971 (1971-05-31) 5 December 1972 (1972-12-05) 1 year, 188 days
3 Gough Whitlam1   Labor Whitlam 5 December 1972 (1972-12-05) 19 December 1972 (1972-12-19) 14 days
4 Gordon Bryant Minister for Aboriginal Affairs 19 December 1972 (1972-12-19) 9 October 1973 (1973-10-09) 294 days
5 Jim Cavanagh 9 October 1973 (1973-10-09) 6 June 1975 (1975-06-06) 1 year, 240 days
6 Les Johnson 6 June 1975 (1975-06-06) 11 November 1975 (1975-11-11) 158 days
7 Tom Drake-Brockman   National Country Fraser 11 November 1975 (1975-11-11) 22 December 1975 (1975-12-22) 41 days
8 Ian Viner   Liberal 22 December 1975 (1975-12-22) 5 December 1978 (1978-12-05) 2 years, 348 days
9 Fred Chaney 5 December 1978 (1978-12-05) 3 November 1980 (1980-11-03) 1 year, 334 days
10 Peter Baume 3 November 1980 (1980-11-03) 7 May 1982 (1982-05-07) 1 year, 185 days
11 Ian Wilson 7 May 1982 (1982-05-07) 11 March 1983 (1983-03-11) 308 days
12 Clyde Holding   Labor Hawke 11 March 1983 (1983-03-11) 24 July 1987 (1987-07-24) 4 years, 135 days
13 Gerry Hand 24 July 1987 (1987-07-24) 4 April 1990 (1990-04-04) 2 years, 254 days
14 Robert Tickner 4 April 1990 (1990-04-04) 19 December 1991 (1991-12-19) 5 years, 342 days
Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs 19 December 1991 (1991-12-19) 20 December 1991 (1991-12-20)
Keating 20 December 1991 (1991-12-20) 11 March 1996 (1996-03-11)
15 John Herron   Liberal Howard 11 March 1996 (1996-03-11) 30 January 2001 (2001-01-30) 4 years, 325 days
16 Philip Ruddock Minister for Reconciliation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs 30 January 2001 (2001-01-30) 26 November 2001 (2001-11-26) 2 years, 250 days
Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs 26 November 2001 (2001-11-26) 7 October 2003 (2003-10-07)
17 Amanda Vanstone 7 October 2003 (2003-10-07) 27 January 2006 (2006-01-27) 2 years, 112 days
18 Mal Brough Minister for Families and Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 27 January 2006 (2006-01-27) 3 December 2007 (2007-12-03) 1 year, 310 days
19 Jenny Macklin   Labor Rudd Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 3 December 2007 (2007-12-03) 24 June 2010 (2010-06-24) 5 years, 289 days
Gillard 24 June 2010 (2010-06-24) 14 December 2011 (2011-12-14)
Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 24 June 2010 (2010-06-24) 27 June 2013 (2013-06-27)
Rudd 27 June 2013 (2013-06-27) 18 September 2013 (2013-09-18)
20 Nigel Scullion   National Abbott Minister for Indigenous Affairs 18 September 2013 (2013-09-18) 15 September 2015 (2015-09-15) 5 years, 253 days
Turnbull 15 September 2015 (2015-09-15) 24 August 2018 (2018-08-24)
Morrison 24 August 2018 (2018-08-24) 29 May 2019 (2019-05-29)
21 Ken Wyatt   Liberal Minister for Indigenous Australians 29 May 2019 (2019-05-29) 23 May 2022 (2022-05-23) 2 years, 359 days
22 Linda Burney   Labor Albanese 1 June 2022 (2022-06-01) Incumbent 2 years, 15 days

Reconciliation

Order Minister Party Prime Minister Title Term start Term end Term in office
1 Philip Ruddock   Liberal Howard Minister assisting the Prime Minister for Reconciliation 21 October 1998 30 January 2001 4 years, 351 days
  Minister for Reconciliation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs 30 January 2001 26 November 2001
  Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Reconciliation 26 November 2001 7 October 2003
2 Amanda Vanstone   7 October 2003 22 October 2004 1 year, 15 days

Notes

1 Whitlam was one of a two-man ministry consisting of himself and Lance Barnard for two weeks until the full ministry was announced.

References

  1. ^ Hitch, Georgia; Evans, Jake (31 May 2022). "Who's in the new Labor government cabinet? Who got what role on the frontbench?". ABC News. Retrieved 1 June 2022.
  2. ^ a b "The Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP - Minister for Indigenous Australians". indigenous.gov.au. 29 May 2019. Retrieved 1 June 2022.
  3. ^ "Ministries and Cabinets". 43rd Parliamentary Handbook: Historical information on the Australian Parliament. Parliament of Australia. 2010. Archived from the original on 13 August 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
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