The first Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Francis John Walker Q.C., was appointed on 2 October 1981(1)and the Ministry for Aboriginal Affairs was established by 1982.(2)
The role of the Ministry was:
". to advise the Government on how and where land rights for Aboriginal people might be granted.
. to liaise with other Government departments such as Health, Education and Housing agencies on policies and the provision of services,
. to identify needs and problems and to act as representatives of Aborigines in taking these matters up with Federal and State authorities.
. Implement Government objectives arising from the Inquiries of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Aborigines"(3)
On 15 April 1988, the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs was abolished and its branches were transferred to the Premier’s Department. (4)
(1) New South Wales Government Gazette No.146, 2 October 1981, Vol.4, p.5233
(2) New South Wales Government Directory, third edition 1982, p.39
(4) New South Wales Government Gazette No.73, 15 April 1988, Vol.2, p.2270