Agency VA 2717
Department of the Premier (also known as Premier's Department 1960-1982)
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Date Range: 1936 - 1982
 
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Establishment

The Department of the Premier was established in December 1936 superseding the Premier's Office (VA 672), a sub-department of the Department of the Treasurer (VA 865).

Relationship to Subordinate Agencies and Statutory Bodies

The Department often took on responsibility for new Government initiatives and priority areas. In such cases it was common for a Minister to be commissioned with direct responsibility for the function while agency responsibility was exercised by an administrative unit within the Department of the Premier. The Department of the Premier will therefore be listed as a Department of State for the Ministerial Group that had the direct responsibility. It is assumed that the Department of State, as a superior agency, would have exercised some degree of responsibility for financial, personnel and other administrative functions including record-keeping. If the administrative unit has been registered as a separate agency it is likely that the unit exercised greater independence from the Department than a unit that has not been registered.

Examples of this situation where the administrative units have not been registered separately from the Department are those units that were responsible for regional development and decentralisation which were located in the Department of the Premier from 1943 to 1971 although they were responsible to the Minister for State Development and Decentralisation (VRG 51).

Example of this situation where the administrative units have been registered as separate agencies include the Tourist Development Authority (VA 2918) which was located within the Department from 1958 to 1970 although it was responsible to the Minister for State Development and Decentralisation (VRG 51) and the Ministry of Fuel and Power (VA 627) which was located within the Department from 1965 to 1975 although the responsible Minister was the Minister of Fuel and Power (VRG 47).

From 1975 to 1982 a Ministry for Federal Affairs was established within the Department.

The Department also provided financial and personnel services to the following bodies:
Agent-General for Victoria (in London) (VA 1829)
Auditor-General (VA 1031)
Public Service Commissioner/Board (VA 886)

From 1936 to 1986 the Official Secretary to the Governor was located within the Department of the Premier however records maintained by the Official Secretary will be found attributed to the Governor (VA 466). Likewise, although the Clerk of the Executive Council has been located within the above Department since 1936 records will be found attributed to the Executive Council (VA 2903).

Establishment of Department of the Premier and Cabinet (VA 1039)

In 1982 the Department of the Premier and Cabinet was established (Victoria Government Gazette No.102, 13 October 1982) superseding the Department of the Premier.

Location of Records

Significant holdings of records have been transferred to the Public Record Office Victoria.

See also List of Holdings 2nd edition 1985, section 3.17.1.

 
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? 1879 - ? 1964 Unregistered Papers, Reports and Correspondence VPRS 4651 North Melbourne Open
? 1883 - ? 1971 Special Correspondence Files VPRS 1170 North Melbourne Open
? 1883 - 1970 Governor's Speeches To Parliament VPRS 5201 North Melbourne Open
? 1904 - ? 1966 Reports and Proceedings of Interstate Conferences VPRS 12244 North Melbourne Open
? 1918 - 1982 Cabinet Records VPRS 11935 North Melbourne Open
? 1924 - ? 1981 Accounting Records VPRS 10971 North Melbourne Open
? 1939 - ? 1949 Registered and Unregistered Inward and Outward 'Secret' Correspondence VPRS 3841 North Melbourne Open
? 1940 - 1969 Circulars to Permanent Heads of Departments VPRS 9895 North Melbourne Open
? 1941 - ? 1970 Personnel Files (PART DESTROYED, PART RETURNED TO AGENCY 2017) VPRS 10369 North Melbourne Open
? 1943 - ? 1977 Card Register of General Correspondence Files, Single Number System (Personnel Branch) VPRS 9888 North Melbourne Open
? 1948 - 1954 Protocol Files: Royal Visit 1954 H.M Queen VPRS 12459 North Melbourne Open
? 1952 - 1976 Name Index Cards for Company Files VPRS 7340 North Melbourne Open
? 1952 - cont Government Hospitality Files (Protocol Branch) VPRS 9992 North Melbourne Open
? 1954 - ? 1982 Salary History Cards VPRS 11205 North Melbourne Open
? 1955 - ? 1973 Folders of Policy Statements, Conference Papers and Speech Notes VPRS 7328 North Melbourne Open
? 1958 - ? 1963 Agent-General's Visits VPRS 12458 North Melbourne Open
? 1960 - ? 1980 Files Relating to Staffing and Establishment VPRS 7307 North Melbourne Open
? 1965 - ? 1967 Minutes (Decentralisation Advisory Committee) VPRS 12173 North Melbourne Open
? 1965 - ? 1967 Files (Decentralisation Advisory Committee) VPRS 12174 North Melbourne Open
? 1968 - ? 1971 Files Relating to the Wodonga Development Committee VPRS 12154 North Melbourne Open
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1936 - 1982 Head of government VF 64
1936 - 1982 Agent-general and trade commissioners VF 286
- 1971 Regional development VF 170
1975 - 1982 Aboriginal affairs VF 175
- 1977 Equal opportunity VF 59
- 1977 Ethnic affairs VF 231
1977 - 1982 Equal opportunity VF 59
1977 - 1982 Industrial relations (public sector) VF 168
- 1981 Government information service VF 313
- 1982 Women's affairs VF 339
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1936 - 1982 Office of the Auditor-General (also known as Audit Office) VA 1031
1936 - 1982 Victorian Government Motor Transport Committee VA 1832
1940 - 1973 Soil Conservation Authority (previously known as Soil Conservation Board 1940-1947; Land Conservation Authority 1947-1950) VA 1056
1944 - 1982 Natural Disaster and Emergency Relief Committees VA 1842
1949 - 1960 Sir Colin MacKenzie Sanctuary Committee of Management VA 3976
1958 - 1970 Tourist Development Authority VA 2918
1959 - 1970 State Wildlife Reserves Investigation Committee VA 3977
1964 - 1982 Pesticides Review Committee VA 3981
1965 - 1975 Ministry of Fuel and Power VA 627
1973 - 1974 Committee of Inquiry into Feasibility of Preserving the Banking Chamber Commercial Bank of Australia Ltd. VA 3978
1973 - 1975 Save the Regent Theatre Committee VA 3979
1973 - 1975 Board of Inquiry into the Victorian Public Service VA 3980
1974 - 1977 Committee on Mental Retardation VA 3983
1974 - 1982 Werribee Park Interim Committee of Management VA 3982
1975 - 1982 C.J. Latrobe Study Award Committee VA 1836
1976 - 1976 Plain English Committee VA 3984
1976 - 1976 Domiciliary Care Services Working Party VA 3985
1976 - 1977 Robertson Inquiry into the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District VA 3989
1977 - 1977 Newport Power Station Review Panel VA 3986
1977 - 1982 Manufacturing Advisory Council VA 1841
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1936 - 1982 Premier VRG 50
1943 - 1971 State Development and Decentralisation VRG 51
1949 - 1973 Conservation VRG 55
1965 - 1975 Minerals and Energy VRG 47