Department of Finance (1976–97)
The Department of Finance (also called DoF) was an Australian government department with the mission to support and promote excellence in Commonwealth financial management and budgeting, and in program performance throughout the public sector. The department existed between December 1976 and October 1997.
|Formed||7 December 1976|
|Dissolved||9 October 1997|
|Jurisdiction||Commonwealth of Australia|
|Employees||587 (at 30 June 1997)|
The department was split from the Department of the Treasury in 1976 with the aim to separate financial oversight functions from economic policy functions generally, emulating changes Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau had introduced to his government.
Outcomes and scope
Information about the department's functions and/or government funding allocation could be found in the Administrative Arrangements Orders, the annual Portfolio Budget Statements, in the department's annual reports and on the department's website.
- Examination, review and evaluation of governmental expenditure proposals and programs.
- Collection and analysis of forward estimates of expenditure; and
- Administration of the Public Account.
The Department was an Australian Public Service department, staffed by officials responsible to the Minister for Finance.
- CA 2140: Department of Finance [I], Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 22 December 2013
- Department of Finance 1997, p. 64.
- Ergas, Henry (6 September 2013). "What ails Treasury cannot be fixed with a night of the long knives". The Australian. News Corp Australia.
- Department of Finance (1996), Our Vision and Mission, Department of Finance, archived from the original on 13 November 1997