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Agency ID137
TitleAboriginal and Island Affairs Department
Agency TypeDepartment
Start Date 28/4/1966
End Date 16/1/1975
Date NotesN/A
Abstract

Managed the affairs of ‘assisted’ Aborigines, under a policy of complete equality. In 1971 the term 'assisted' was abolished.

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Series

Series IDTitleFromTo
1151Administration Files N/A N/A
18053Certificate of Entitlement Register N/A N/A
10724Darnley Island - Register of Births N/A N/A
10722Diaries - Edward River Mission N/A N/A
10727Diaries - Mitchell River Mission N/A N/A
10182Register of Cancellation of Certificates of Entitlement N/A N/A
10725Register of Deaths N/A N/A
4919Child Endowment Card Index 1/1/1957 31/12/1957
4894Permits to Reside on a Reserve 1/1/1966 16/1/1975
10154Loose Items Found Among Education Department Batch Files 28/4/1966 6/1/1967
10190Registers of Exemptions 28/4/1966 31/12/1967
10170Card Index to Letters Received by the Education Department Relating to Native Affairs, Later Aboriginal and Island Affairs 28/4/1966 31/12/1968
10151Cash Books - Brisbane and Country Natives 28/4/1966 24/6/1970
4356Health & Home Affairs/Education Department Batch Files 28/4/1966 31/12/1970
217Social History Cards (Mitchell River (Kowanyama), Normanton) 28/4/1966 31/12/1970
710Wages Register and Savings Bank Accounts Ledger [Port Douglas] 28/4/1966 31/12/1970
18092Register of Removals 28/4/1966 31/12/1971
18052Admission Sheets 28/4/1966 31/12/1973
205Social History Cards (Weipa, Embley and Mission Rivers) 28/4/1966 31/12/1973
442Administration Files [Georgetown] 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
18055Birth and Marriage Registers 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
21092Building and Infrastructure Plans (Bamaga) 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
317Child Registration Cards [Doomadgee] 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
505Correspondence - Alphanumeric Prefix 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
3501Correspondence Files 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
319Doomadgee Identification Cards 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
318Doomadgee Unemployment Cards 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
132Edward River (Pormpuraaw), Mapoon, Mitchell River (Kowanyama) and Normanton Identification Cards 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
4357Estray Personal Documents 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
4355Miscellaneous Items (Wages) 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
4354Miscellaneous Items and Correspondence 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
4531Palm Island Staff Files 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
4892Permit Card Index 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
4429Personal Files 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
131Social History Cards (Palm Island) 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
133Social History Cards (Yarrabah) 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
4339Staff Cards 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
10188Subsidiary Control Registers - Aboriginal Protection of Property Account 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
513Wages Register and Savings Bank Accounts Ledger [Birdsville] 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
18397Legal Advice, Opinions and Memoranda 28/4/1966 31/1/1975
18396Wills 28/4/1966 31/1/1975
18054Ministerial Correspondence 28/4/1966 23/12/1975
10194Register of Identification Numbers 28/6/1966 31/12/1970
18408Applications for Accommodation Files 6/3/1967 31/1/1975
18094Correspondence - Archaeology Branch 1/1/1969 31/1/1975
316Doomadgee Permit Cards 1/1/1970 16/1/1975
321Employment Cards [Doomadgee] 1/1/1970 16/1/1975
18137Register of Deceased Estates 1/1/1970 16/1/1975
20980Cash Books - Collections - Trust Accounts - Brisbane 26/10/1970 16/1/1975
20981General Cash Book - Torres Strait and Cape York Trust Account (Brisbane) 30/11/1971 30/11/1971
20967Adoption Files 1/6/1973 16/1/1975
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Controlling Agencies

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Controlled Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
8636Mabuiag Island School 25/3/1904 16/1/1975
10526Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, District Office, Weipa South 1/2/1966 16/1/1975
10559Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, District Office, Maryborough 18/4/1966 31/1/1975
1202Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, District Office, Mount Isa 28/4/1966 1/1/1973
80Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, District Office, Normanton 28/4/1966 1/1/1974
3300Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, District Office, Atherton 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
196Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, District Office, Babinda 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
10458Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, District Office, Bamaga 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
10449Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, District Office, Birdsville 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
195Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, District Office, Cherbourg 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
197Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, District Office, Chillagoe 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
198Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, District Office, Clermont 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
199Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, District Office, Cooktown 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
200Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, District Office, Croydon 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
7137Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, District Office, Cunnamulla 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
10567Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, District Office, Edmonton 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
10521Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, District Office, Edward River 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
202Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, District Office, Einasleigh 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
11126Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, District Office, Foleyvale 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
6585Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, District Office, Georgetown 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
204Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, District Office, Hughenden 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
205Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, District Office, Ingham 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
10462Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, District Office, Kowanyama 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
10451Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, District Office, Lockhart River 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
3195Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, District Office, Mackay 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
206Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, District Office, Mareeba 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
207Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, District Office, Mossman 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
209Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, District Office, Mount Surprise 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
77Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, District Office, Palm Island 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
210Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, District Office, Ravenshoe 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
10562Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, District Office, Richmond 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
211Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, District Office, St George 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
214Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, District Office, Thursday Island 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
10565Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, District Office, Winton 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
215Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, District Office, Woorabinda 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
82Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, District Office, Yarrabah 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
10460Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, Regional District Office, Cairns 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
194Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, Regional District Office, Rockhampton 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
10469Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, Regional District Office, Townsville 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
381Doomadgee State School 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
10448Native Court, Murray Island 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
8833Tagai State College - Mer Campus 28/4/1966 16/1/1975
2032Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, District Office, Charters Towers 28/4/1966 31/1/1975
374Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, District Office, Doomadgee 28/4/1966 31/1/1975
10471Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, Regional District Office, Mount Isa 1/1/1973 16/1/1975
213Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department, Regional District Office, Normanton 1/1/1974 16/1/1975
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Publication Notes
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Remarks

Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette 1966, Vol CCXXI, No 98, p 2105
Queensland Parliamentary Papers 1966-1967, p 1152
Queensland Government Gazette 1968, Vol CCXXVII, No 9, p 289
Queensland Government Gazette 1968, Vol CCXXVIII, No 98, p 1602
Queensland Parliamentary Papers 1972-1973, p 1485
Queensland Government Gazette 1975, Vol CCXLVIII, No 10, p 224
Queensland Parliamentary Papers 1975-1976, p 1553




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Legislation

Establishing Aborigines' and Torres Strait Islanders' Affairs Act 1965
Abolishing The Aborigines Act and Other Acts Amendment Act 1975
Administered Aborigines' and Torres Strait Islanders' Affairs Act 1965
Lands Act 1962 (in relation to Deeds of Grant in Trust)
Aboriginal Relics Preservation Act 1967
Aborigines Act 1971
Torres Strait Islanders Act 1971
Local Government (Aboriginal Lands) Act 1978 (Aurukun, Mornington Is)
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Description
ESTABLISHMENT:
The Department of Aboriginal and Island Affairs was established when The Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders Affairs Act of 1965 came into force on 28 Apr 1966.

The Aboriginals Preservation and Protection Act of 1939 had represented a change in government policy from the protection and segregation of indigenous people to protection and preservation through assimilation into the broad white community. After the 1965 Act, the Department's policy towards Aboriginal affairs was one of complete equality, opportunity and responsibility within the white community. Instead of seeking 'exemption' from the provision of the Act, people had to apply for a 'Certificate of Entitlement' in order to come under the Act. Wage control and employment agreements were only administered for assisted people. Only people on reserves were considered assisted. With the introduction of the Aborigines Act 1971 and the Torres Strait Islanders Act 1971, the term 'assisted' was abolished.

FUNCTIONS:
Health
Education
Employment
Housing and accommodation
Child welfare
Personal finance and taxation
Pensions and benefits
Vocational training
Property
Issue of Certificates of Entitlement
Removals
Industrial operators
Recreation
Settlements, missions, camps
Pastoral operations
Regional development
Protection and preservation of relics

ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE:
For administrative purposes Queensland was divided into areas: the Southern, Central, Far Northern, Torres Strait and Peninsula and Northern Peninsula divisions. Districts, as they were, were abolished and replaced with existing Magistrates Court Districts, for the purposes of the Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders Affairs Act of 1965. The role of Local Protector was also abolished and every Clerk of the Court of Petty Sessions was appointed District Officer for the purposes of the Act. Superintendents of reserves and settlements were now called 'managers' and were appointed Assistant District Officers, but were not subject to the District Officer where the reserve or settlement was located.

There were Regional District Offices at Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville to co-ordinate the work of the District Officers. There were also detached offices at Mareeba, Normanton, Cunnamulla, Mt Isa, Maryborough, Coen and St George.

The 1965 Act also made provision for the creation of Aboriginal Councils on reserves and communities, with powers, duties and functions of local government, as prescribed by the Act.

The Aborigines' Relics Preservation Act of 1967 established an advisory committee on the preservation of relics and sites, which were now recorded. The Department was also responsible for archaeological excavations.

The Aborigines Act 1971 and the Torres Strait Islanders Act 1971 established the Aboriginal Advisory Council and the Island Advisory Council, composed of chairmen from the Aboriginal and Island Councils, who acted as advisers to the Minister.

In Dec 1972, when the Director of Aboriginal and Island Affairs became the permanent head of the Department, the Department became autonomous.

ABOLITION:
The Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department's name changed to the Aboriginal and Islander Advancement Department on 16 Jan 1975.









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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID137, Aboriginal and Island Affairs Department
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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