|Description of this GroupDescription of this Group|
This group includes the Minister for Industry and Employment and the Department of Business and Employment.
The following Ministers were commissioned for the first time as part of the change of Ministry on 6 October 1992:
Minister for Industry and Employment
Minister for Industry Services
Minister for Youth Affairs
Minister for Regional Development
Minister for WorkCare.
The Hon. P.A. Gude was commissioned as Minister for Industry and Employment, Minister for Industry Services and Minister for Youth Affairs as well as Minister for Small Business (first commissioned January 1991). The Hon. R.M. Hallam was commissioned Minister for Regional Development and Minister for WorkCare as well as Minister for Local Government (first commissioned in 1958 and recommissioned at this time).
On 9 November 1992 the Hon. R. Pescott was commissioned Minister for Industry Services and the Hon. V.P. Heffernan was commissioned Minister for Small Business and Minister for Youth Affairs. These appointments occurred following amendment to the Constitution Act 1975 to allow the Executive Council to increase to 22 members.
The Department of Business and Employment was established in October 1992 as the "Victorian Government's key business agency" serving the following Ministerial portfolios:
Industry and Employment
WorkCare (later WorkCover)
These Ministerial responsibilities were merged under the one Department to "ensure a comprehensive and co-ordinated response to the needs of business and industry".
Following the re-election of the Kennett Government in April 1996 an Industry, Science and Technology portfolio was established with the appointment of a Minister for Industry, Science and Technology. This portfolio comprises the whole of the former Industry and Employment (VRG 116) and Industry Services (VRG 108) portfolios.
Minister for Industry and Employment 1992-1996