Department of the Interior (1939–72)
|Formed||26 April 1939|
|Dissolved||19 December 1972|
|Jurisdiction||Commonwealth of Australia|
|Employees||8,411 (in 1969)|
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.
- Aliens - registration of
- Ashmore and Cartier Islands
- Assisted Migration
- Australian Capital Territory - administration of
- Australian War Memorial
- Conveyance of Members of Parliament and others
- Co-ordination of Australian Transport Services
- Elections and franchise
- Emigration of children and aboriginals
- Indentured Coloured labour
- Lands and Surveys
- Maintenance and operation of electric light,water and sewerage services in the Australian Capital Territory
- Northern Territory
- Oil Investigation and prospecting
- Preparation of design and execution of all Commonwealth Architectural and Engineering Works in the States, Northern Territory and ACT including works for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia
- Properties transferred, rented or acquired
- Public Works and Services
- Prospecting for precious metals (assistance for)
- River Murray Waters Commission
- Rivers, roads and bridges
- Solar observatory
The Department was a Commonwealth Public Service department, staffed by officials who were responsible to the Minister for the Interior.
- CA 31: Department of the Interior [II], Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 3 December 2013
- Juddery, Bruce (30 December 1969). "Interior develops in size and shape". The Canberra Times. p. 12.
- ArchivesACT 1964, pp. 1,8.