Australian Government

Australian Government
Federal Government
Australian Government - Logo.svg Coat of Arms of Australia.svg
The monochrome logo and wordmark (top), and the ceremonial coat of arms (bottom)
Formation1 January 1901 (1901-01-01)
Founding documentAustralian Constitution
Country Australia
Head of state (sovereign)Monarch: King Charles III
Vice-regal representativeGovernor-General: David Hurley
SeatGovernment House
Legislative branch
LegislatureParliament of Australia
Meeting placeParliament House
Executive branch
Head of governmentPrime Minister: Anthony Albanese
Main bodyCabinet
Main organ
Departments16 federal departments
Judicial branch
CourtHigh Court of Australia
SeatHigh Court Building, Canberra

The Australian Government, also known as the Commonwealth Government, is the national government of Australia, a federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy. Like other Westminster-style systems of government, the Australian Government is made up of three branches: the executive (the prime minister, the ministers, and government departments), the legislative (the Parliament of Australia), and the judicial.

The federal legislature is bicameral (has two chambers): the House of Representatives (lower house) and Senate (upper house). The House of Representatives has 151 members, each representing an individual electoral district of about 165,000 people. The Senate has 76 members: twelve from each of the six states and two each from Australia's internal territories, the Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory. The Australian monarch, currently King Charles III, is represented by the governor-general. The Australian Government in its executive capacity is formed by the party or coalition with a majority in the House of Representatives, with the prime minister being the parliamentary leader who has the support of a majority of members in the House of Representatives. The prime minister is formally appointed to the role by the governor-general.

The government is based in the nation's capital, Canberra, in the Australian Capital Territory. The head offices of all sixteen federal departments lie in Canberra, along with Parliament House and the High Court.[1][2] The judicial branch of government, headed by the High Court of Australia, is independent of the legislative and executive branch,[3] and ensures that government acts according to the constitution and law.[4] As a founding member of the Commonwealth and a former British colony, Australia's Constitution is influenced heavily by the British Westminster system as well as the United States Constitution.

  1. ^ "Australian Capital Territory". Study Australia. Australian Trade and Investment Commission. Archived from the original on 26 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Contact us". High Court of Australia. High Court of Australia. Archived from the original on 15 April 2020. Retrieved 31 May 2020 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ "Courts". Attorney-General's Department. Attorney-General's Department (Australia). Archived from the original on 8 March 2020. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Operation of the High Court". High Court of Australia. High Court of Australia. Archived from the original on 10 March 2020. Retrieved 31 May 2020.

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