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Agency ID1849
TitleState Migration Office
Agency TypeDepartment
Start Date 31/10/1946
End Date 30/7/1981
Date NotesN/A

Responsible for administration of immigration to Queensland

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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
40Premier and Chief Secretary's Department 31/10/1946 15/5/1947
2840Labour and Industry Department II 15/5/1947 17/3/1949
258Mines Department (II) 17/3/1949 31/5/1956
2723Public Works Department II 31/5/1956 9/6/1960
404Department of Education 9/6/1960 26/9/1963
19Department of Justice (I) 26/9/1963 28/1/1965
8502Department of Industry Development 20/6/1972 23/12/1980
1941Welfare Services Department 23/12/1980 30/7/1981
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Previous Agencies

Agency IDTitle
1514Immigration Department
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Publication Notes
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Information Sources

Executive Council Minute 31 Oct 1946, No 3292; QSA: EXE/D470
Queensland Government Gazette 1947, Vol CLXVIII, p.1513
Queensland Government Gazette 1949, Vol CLXXII, p.960
Queensland Government Gazette 1956, Vol CXCII, p.801
Queensland Government Gazette 1960, Vol CCIV, p.1033
Queensland Government Gazette 1963, Vol CCXIV, p.278
Queensland Government Gazette 1965, Vol CCXVIII, p.281
Queensland Government Gazette 1980, p.1659
Queensland Government Gazette 1981, Vol. CCLXVII, No. 110, p. 2174
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Establishing N/A
Abolishing N/A
Administered Immigration Acts 1882 - 1887
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During World War II, from 11 Oct 1940, the Immigration Department was closed. With the end of the war, and the resumption of immigration, the position of Migration Officer was created by Executive Council minute on 31 Oct 1946.

Responsible for the administration of immigration including the nomination system and services to immigrants on arrival in Queensland

Premier and Chief Secretary 31 Oct 1946 - 15 May 1947
Secretary for Labour and Industry 15 May 1947 - 17 Mar 1949
Secretary for Mines and Immigration 17 Mar 1949 - 28 May 1956
Secretary for Public Works and Housing and Immigration 28 May 1956 - 12 Aug 1957
Minister for Public Works and Local Government 12 Aug 1957 - 9 Jun 1960
Minister for Education and Migration 9 Jun 1960 - 26 Sep 1963
Minister for Justice and Attorney General 26 Sep 1963 - 28 Jan 1965
Minister for Industrial Development 28 Jan 1965 - 20 Jun 1972
Minister for Development and Industrial Affairs 20 Jun 1972 - 23 Dec 1974
Minister for Industrial Development, Labour Relations and Consumer Affair 23 Dec 1974 - 16 Dec 1977
Minister for Industry and Administrative Services16 Dec 1977 - 23 Dec 1980
Minister for Welfare Services 23 Dec 1980 - 30 Jul 1981

With the re-allocation of portfolio responsibilities on 23 December 1980, the State Migration Office was placed within the portfolio of the Minister for Welfare Sevices, and became part of the Welfare Services Department on 30 Jul 1981. The name was subsequently changed to Welfare Services Department, Division of Migrant Services.

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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID1849, State Migration Office
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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