Function VF 3
Census and statistics
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    Census (until assumed by Commonwealth);
    Statistics (collection and publication);
    Year Book;

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Background

Originally the responsibility of the Statistics Branch within the Colonial Secretary's Office (VA 856), collection of statistics and periodic census-taking became the responsibility of the Registrar-General's Department (VA 2889) in 1854. Responsibility was transferred to the Office of the Registrar-General and the Office of Titles (VA 862) in 1873 and then to the newly-formed Office of the Government Statist and Actuary (VA 989) in 1874. Ministerial responsibility for this agency has been exercised by the Colonial Secretary (VRG 16) to 1855, the Chief Secretary 1855-1869, the Attorney-General (VRG 19) 1869-1874, the Chief Secretary 1874-1979, the Minister for Property and Services (VRG 69) 1979-1983, and the Treasurer (VRG 23) since 1983.

Statistical reports have been published in the Victorian Blue Books and subsequently in the Victorian Year Books. The census function passed to the Commonwealth (VRG 87) on Federation and since that time many of the Office's statistical activities have also been taken over by the Commonwealth, later Australian Bureau of Statistics. The Treasurer inherited the Government Statist and Actuary's Office from the Minister of Property and Services in 1983. The position of Government Statist and Actuary has not been filled since the mid-1980s. The Office's remaining actuarial functions are performed on a contract basis by the sector.

From 1893 until 1983 the Government Statist's Office was also responsible for the registration of births, deaths and marriages under the Births, Deaths and Marriages Transfer Act 1893 (No.1303).


 
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- 1839 Police Magistrate Port Phillip District VA 472
1839 - 1851 Superintendent, Port Phillip District VA 473
1851 - 1854 Colonial Secretary's Office VA 856
1854 - 1869 Chief Secretary's Department VA 475
1869 - 1873 Registrar-General's Department VA 2889
1873 - 1874 Office of the Registrar-General and the Office of Titles, (known as Land Victoria 2001 to 2014; Land Use Victoria 2014 - ct.) VA 862
1874 - 1874 Attorney-General's Department (previously known as the Law Department) VA 2825
1874 - 1979 Chief Secretary's Department VA 475
1974 - cont Australian Bureau of Statistics, Victoria VA 4260
1979 - 1982 Department of Property and Services VA 430
1982 - 1990 Department of Management and Budget VA 1022
1990 - 1995 Department of the Treasury VA 3007
1995 - cont Department of Treasury and Finance VA 3745
 
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- 1839 Police Magistrate, Port Phillip District VRG 7
1839 - 1851 Superintendent, Port Phillip District VRG 11
1851 - 1855 Colonial Secretary VRG 16
1855 - 1869 Chief Secretary VRG 26
1869 - 1874 Law VRG 19
1874 - 1979 Chief Secretary VRG 26
1979 - 1983 Property and Services VRG 69
1983 - cont Treasurer VRG 23