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Factsheets on Australian government

Australia's system of government

Introduction to Australia's system of government including the Constitution, Parliament, elections, voting, political parties and links to further information.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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

Defining democracy

Explores the concept of democracy in the Australian context.

Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

Guide to government and law in Australia

Contains the complete text of A Guide to Government and Law in Australia by Dr John Hirst. The book is an exploration of the history, structure and operations of Australian democracy with a concise description of the operations of the Australian system of government and law.

Education Services Australia Limited


This site is for teachers and students and provides information about current state, territory and Commonwealth parliamentarians and electorates.

Education Services Australia Limited

Parliamentary Education Office

Provides parliamentary education services to schools, teachers and students. Includes access to factsheets and assignment assistance for kids.

Parliament of Australia

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

Year Book Australia 2012. Government

This chapter of the Year Book Australia outlines the basic features of the Australian system of government, including the constitutional basis of government, the Sovereign, the Governor-General, the Commonwealth Parliament, the Australian Government and the Australian Public Service. It also covers Commonwealth elections, state, territory and local government and the party system and provides details of the Ministry, and of the state and territory political leaders.

Australian Bureau of Statistics

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