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Herbert Goodes

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Herbert Goodes
Secretary of the Department of Social Services
In office
25 May 1958 – 31 December 1965
Personal details
Herbert John Goodes

Died12 July 1986
NationalityAustralia Australian
Spouse(s)Joyce Nancy Goodes
(m. 1939–1986; his death)
ChildrenJayne and Dinah
Alma materUniversity of Western Australia
OccupationPublic servant

Herbert John Goodes CBE was a senior Australian public servant and policymaker.

Life and career

Goodes was born in England, migrating to Australia in the 1920s and reaching Western Australia where he took on casual work, including digging dams and fencing.[1] In the 1930s, Goodes enrolled to study part-time at the University of Western Australia, graduating with honours in economics.[1]

In 1939, Goodes married Joyce and together they moved to Canberra in 1943 when he was seconded to the Department of the Treasury from the WA Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.[2]

Between 1958 and 1965, Goodes was the Secretary of the Department of Social Services.[3] Upon his retirement from the Social Services Department, Goodes was appointed a member of the Commonwealth Grants Commission.[4]

Goodes died on 12 July 1986.[1]


Goodes was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in January 1960, for his service as Director-General of the Department of Social Services.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Obituary: Mr Herbert Goodes Social-service planner". The Canberra Times. 21 July 1986. p. 8.
  2. ^ Goodes, Jayne; Goodes, Dinah, "Goodes, Joyce Nancy (1916 - 1990)", The Australian Women's Register, archived from the original on 14 May 2013
  3. ^ CA 32: Department of Social Services, Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 24 April 2014
  4. ^ Menzies, Robert (30 September 1965). "Commonwealth Grants Commission Statement" (Press release). Archived from the original on 24 April 2014.
  5. ^ "Search Australian Honours: GOODES, Herbert John",, Australian Government, archived from the original on 24 April 2014
Government offices
Preceded by Secretary of the Department of Social Services
1958 – 1965
Succeeded by
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