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Government and Parliament

Find information on the Australian system of government, Parliament and the Australian Constitution.

Australian Constitution

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The Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act. Includes a link to Australia’s Constitution pocket edition : with overview and notes by the Australian Government Solicitor (92KB PDF).

Parliament of Australia

Australian Government Directory

A guide to the structure, organisations and key people in the Australian Government. Provides contact details for the Commonwealth Parliament, the Courts, the Governor-General and senior staff in Australian Government departments and agencies.

Department of Finance

Australian system of government

Describes the powers, practices and procedures of the Australian Parliament, Executive Government including the Ministry, the Governor-General and the Queen, and the Judiciary.

Parliament of Australia

Commonwealth Budget

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The official Commonwealth of Australia Budget. Provides overviews, the budget papers, outlooks and outcomes and links to portfolio budget statements.

Defining democracy

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Explores the concept of democracy in the Australian context.

Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

Discovering democracy units

Contains the complete text of A Guide to Government and Law in Australia by Dr John Hirst, an exploration of the history, structure and operations of Australian democracy. Written largely for teachers and older students.

Local government

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The Australian Government assists local governments to manage their own futures, including providing essential services and developing effective planning initiatives.

Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Territories of Australia

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The Australian Government administers the Ashmore and Cartier Islands, Christmas Island, the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, the Coral Sea Islands, and the Jervis Bay Territory. The Department also manages the Government's interests in the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory and Norfolk Island.

Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Three levels of law-making

Australia has three levels of law-making – sometimes referred to as three levels of government – that work together to provide Australians with the services they need.

Parliament of Australia