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Department of Air
Department overview
Formed 13 November 1939[1]
Preceding Department
Dissolved 30 November 1973[1]
Superseding agency
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Department executives
  • Melville Langslow, Secretary (1939–51)[2][3]
  • Ted Hicks, Secretary (1951–56)[4]
  • Archibald Bertram McFarlane, Secretary (1956–68)[5]
  • Frederick Green, Secretary (1968–71)[6]

The Department of Air is a former Australian federal government department. Created on 13 November 1939 following the outbreak of the Second World War, it assumed control of the administration and finance of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) from the Department of Defence. Following the war its functions were expanded to include responsibility for air defence as well as the organisation and control of the RAAF. The department was abolished by the Second Whitlam Ministry on 30 November 1973 when the single service departments were once again amalgamated, with its role assumed by the Air Office within the Department of Defence.[7]

See also

  • Minister for Air (Australia)



  • Dennis, Peter; Grey, Jeffrey; Morris, Ewan; Prior, Robin; Bou, Jean (2008). The Oxford Companion to Australian Military History (Second ed.). Melbourne: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195517842. 

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