Department of Northern Australia

Department of Northern Australia
Department overview
Formed 6 June 1975[1]
Preceding Department
Dissolved 22 December 1975[1]
Superseding agency
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Ministers responsible
Department executive
  • Allan O'Brien, Secretary

The Department of Northern Australia was an Australian government department that existed between June and December 1975.


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 report.

The matters dealt with by the department at its creation were:[1]


The Department was a Commonwealth Public Service department, staffed by officials who were responsible to the Minister for Northern Australia.[1] The permanent head of the department was Allan O'Brien, initially based in Darwin and later based in Canberra.[2]


  1. 1 2 3 4 CA 1889: Department of Northern Australia, Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 1 January 2014
  2. "PS men to leave Darwin". The Canberra Times. ACT. 9 July 1975. p. 3.
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