Department of Administrative Services (1994–97)

The Department of Administrative Services was an Australian government department that existed between January 1994 and October 1997. It was the fourth so-named Commonwealth department.

Department of Administrative Services
Department overview
Formed30 January 1994[1]
Preceding Department
Dissolved9 October 1997[1]
Superseding agency
JurisdictionCommonwealth of Australia
HeadquartersBelconnen, Canberra
Ministers responsible
Department executives


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 the department's creation, it dealt with:[1]

  • Acquisition, leasing, management and disposal of land and property in Australia and overseas
  • Transport and storage services
  • Co-ordination of purchasing policy and civil purchasing
  • Disposal of goods
  • Analytical laboratory services
  • Ionospheric prediction
  • Valuation services
  • Geodesy, mapping and surveying services
  • Planning, execution and maintenance of Commonwealth Government works
  • Design and maintenance of Government furniture, furnishings and fittings Government printing and publishing services
  • Electoral matters
  • Australian honours and symbols policy
  • Provision of facilities for members of Parliament other than in Parliament House
  • Administrative support for Royal Commissions and certain other inquiries
  • Information co-ordination and services within Australia, including advertising.


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


  1. CA 7871: Department of Administrative Services [IV], Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 9 December 2013

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