Working of government
The Parliament of Australia (formally named the Parliament of the Commonwealth) is made up of a total of 226 people popularly elected to the Senate and House of Representatives to represent the interests of Australians and to 'make laws for the peace, order and good government of the nation' (section 51 Australian Constitution).
AusTender provides centralised publication of Australian Government business opportunities, annual procurement plans, multi-use lists and contracts. You need to be a registered user of AusTender to download tender documents, receive business opportunities and addenda notifications and lodge tenders.
The Australian Government's procurement information system, AusTender, provides centralised publication of Australian Government business opportunities, annual procurement plans, multi-use lists and contracts awarded.
The AGPS edition of the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act, as amended, contains the Proclamation Declaring the Establishment of the Commonwealth; the Letters Patent Relating to the Office of the Governor General; the Statute of Westminster Adoption Act 1942; the Australia Act 1986; and an overview, notes and index.
This website provides the key online access point for emergency management information from the Australian Government.
The Register contains information about lobbyists who make representations to Government on behalf of their clients. Any lobbyist who wishes to contact a Government representative for the purpose of lobbying activities must be registered. Includes a link to the Lobbying Code of Conduct.
A list of Australian Public Service agencies, divided into categories including Departments, Statutory Agencies and Executive Agencies.
The Cabinet Implementation Unit was established to help the Prime Minister and the Government manage and deliver the Government’s strategic reform priorities, including reporting to the Prime Minister on progress with the delivery of these priorities across the Australian Public Service.
Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 (CAC Act) bodies are entities that are subject to the CAC Act. These are Commonwealth authorities and Commonwealth companies. This page provides links to Flipchart of FMA Act Agencies / CAC Act Bodies and List of CAC Act Bodies.
The Commonwealth Procurement Guidelines (CPGs) establish the core procurement policy framework and articulate the Government's expectations of all departments and agencies (agencies) subject to the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 (FMA Act) and their officials when performing duties in relation to procurement.
Community Cabinet meetings give people in the community an opportunity to meet with Cabinet members in person and ask questions directly about issues which are important to them. Community Cabinet meetings will be held at various venues across Australia and details of future meetings are available from this site.
The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) is the peak intergovernmental forum in Australia. COAG comprises the Prime Minister, State Premiers, Territory Chief Ministers and the President of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA). The role of COAG is to initiate, develop and monitor the implementation of policy reforms that are of national significance and which require cooperative action by Australian governments.
The financial framework underpins the appropriation, expenditure and use of money and resources within the Australian Government. It is an important feature of an accountable and transparent public sector and informs the daily work of Australian Government agencies, office holders and their employees.
The Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 (FMA Act) applies to Agencies that are financially part of the Commonwealth as a single legal entity. This page provides links to Flipchart of FMA Act Agencies / CAC Act Bodies and List of FMA Agencies.
Lists the current Australian Government Ministers and their portfolios. Also has links to previous ministries.
Updated May 2010. During the caretaker period, the business of government continues and ordinary matters of administration still need to be addressed. However, successive governments have followed a series of practices, known as the 'caretaker conventions', which aim to ensure that their actions do not bind an incoming government and limit its freedom of action.
The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet provides advice to other Australian Government agencies on many aspects of public administration. This section highlights some of these guidelines and procedures.
This resource links to historical material from the official Parliamentary Handbook.
This publication has been designed to provide practical guidance to help agencies implement machinery of government changes.
This page provides links to resources related to both the Australian Parliament and other parliaments and parliamentary organisations.
The Parliamentary Handbook provides a wealth of information on the current Australian Commonwealth Parliament, together with historical information on the Parliament since Federation.
The resources linked to from this page provide information about the current parliament and advice and guidance about the operations of Cabinet and the Federal Executive. Resources include the Administrative Arrangements Order, Ministry List, Parliamentary Sitting Dates, Legislation Proposed for Introduction and the Draft Legislation Programmes. There are also links to the Cabinet Handbook, the Federal Executive Council Handbook and the Legislation Handbook.
The Australian Government Procurement Policy Framework establishes the principles for the government's acquisition of property and services. The framework is based on the principles of value for money; efficient, effective and ethical use of resources; and accountability and transparency in Australian Government procurement activities.
Lists the current Shadow Ministers and their portfolios. Also has links to previous ministries.
Scheduled Sitting Days of the Parliament of Australia for 2012. Links to printable and text only versions of this calendar are available from this page. Previous year's sitting calendars are also viewable.