The Tarampa Divisional Board, which held its first meeting on 20 February 1880, was established on 15 January 1880 under the Divisional Boards Act 1879. The Board was constituted of nine elected members (including a Chairman). Three members of the Board represented each of the three subdivisions.
The Division of Laidley, and its two subdivisions, were formed when Laidley broke away from the Tarampa Division. A third subdivision was created on 25 July when Forrest Hill was annexed by the Laidley Division. The Tarampa Divisional Board became the Tarampa Shire Council under the Local Government Act 1902.
The primary function of the Tarampa Divisional Board was to provide such public services and amenities as: parks and reserves, cemeteries, libraries and recreational facilities, water and sanitation services, roads, bridges, wharves, street lighting, public health services (such as immunisations), licences and registrations for businesses, markets and animals, town planning, and the control of noxious weeds and other pests.
The Board was also responsible for administering the Local Fund and for valuing properties within the Division for the purpose of determining and collecting rates. The Board could pass by-laws regarding all matters within its jurisdiction. All such by-laws required the assent of the Governor-in-Council.
The Board submitted an annual Statement of Revenue and Expenditure to the Minister. By-laws created by the Board required the assent of the Governor-in-Council.
Secretary for Public Works and Mines 11 Nov 1879 - 12 Dec 1887
Secretary for Mines and Works 12 Dec 1887 - 4 Jan 1890
Secretary for Railways and Public Works 4 Jan 1890 - 12 Aug 1890
Secretary for Public Works 12 Aug 1890 - 9 Jul 1891
Colonial Secretary 9 Jul 1891 - 6 Aug 1896
Home Secretary 6 Aug 1896 - 31 Mar 1903