Australian Government directories
Australia has a federal system of government with a national Australian Government and state governments in each state and territory. Under the Constitution the federal government has responsibility for foreign relations, trade, defence and immigration.
List of departments and agencies
Quick access to Australian Government department and agency homepages is available from the List of departments and agencies.
Ministers, departments and agencies
A portfolio is a minister's area of responsibility as a member of Cabinet. As a general rule, there is one department in each portfolio.
Government by portfolio provides a comprehensive overview of the Australian Government portfolios and their ministers, departments, agencies and websites.
The Governor-General appoints ministers, establishes departments of state and allocates responsibility among ministers through an Administrative Arrangements Order (AAO).
Each government department has its own departmental website with ministers and parliamentary secretaries often having their own websites as well. Within each portfolio there can be numerous agency and program websites.
A-Z list of government sites
The A-Z list of government sites provides single comprehensive listing of all Australian Government websites.