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Department of the Capital Territory

Department of the Capital Territory
Department overview
Formed19 December 1972[1]
Preceding Department
Dissolved11 March 1983[1]
Superseding agency
JurisdictionCommonwealth of Australia
Ministers responsible
Department executives

The Department of the Capital Territory was an Australian government department that existed between December 1972 and March 1983.


Information about the department's functions and 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 made on 20 December 1972, the Department dealt with:[2]

  • Administration of the Australian Capital Territory, the Jervis Bay Territory, Norfolk Island and the Coral Sea Islands Territory.


The Department was an Australian Public Service department, staffed by officials who were responsible to the Minister for the Capital Territory.[1]

List of ministers

# Name Party Start End Prime Minister
1 Kep Enderby   Labor 19 December 1972 9 October 1973 Gough Whitlam
2 Gordon Bryant   Labor 9 October 1973 11 November 1975 Gough Whitlam
3 Reg Withers   Liberal 11 November 1975 22 December 1975 Malcolm Fraser
4 Eric Robinson   Liberal 22 December 1975 16 February 1976 Malcolm Fraser
5 Tony Staley   Liberal 16 February 1976 20 December 1977 Malcolm Fraser
6 Bob Ellicott   Liberal 20 December 1977 3 November 1980 Malcolm Fraser
7 Michael Hodgman   Liberal 3 November 1980 11 March 1983 Malcolm Fraser


  1. ^ a b c CA 1477: Department of the Capital Territory, Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 25 November 2013
  2. ^ Administrative Arrangements Order issued 20 December 1972 (PDF), National Archives of Australia, 20 December 1972, p. 3, archived from the original (PDF) on 26 April 2013

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