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Departments and Agencies

The Governor-General appoints ministers, establishes departments of state and agencies, and allocates responsibility among ministers through an Administrative Arrangements Order (AAO).

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. 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.