Assistant MinistersAssistant Ministers are designated as Parliamentary Secretaries under the Ministers of State Act 1952. Attorney-General's DepartmentThe Attorney-General's Department was one of the original departments established at Federation in 1901. It serves the Attorney-General and the Minister for Home Affairs and provides policy advice and services to the Commonwealth in the following main areas: administrative, constitutional, civil, family and international law, international crime cooperation, Indigenous legal justice, law reform, bankruptcy estate administration and regulation, Commonwealth courts and tribunals, legal aid, native title, national and international human rights issues, censorship, criminal law and law enforcement, national security, emergency management, some aspects of customs and border control. Council for the Order of AustraliaEstablished as part of the Australian honours system by Letters Patent issued by Her Majesty The Queen on 14 February 1975 and as amended subsequently.
Department of Agriculture and Water ResourcesAgricultural, pastoral, fishing, food and forest industries; water, soils, and other natural resources; rural adjustment and drought issues; rural industries inspection and biosecurity; primary industries research including economic research; commodity marketing, including export promotion and agribusiness; administration of international commodity agreements; administration of export controls on agricultural, fisheries and forestry industries products; food policy, processing and exports.
Department of DefenceThe Australian Defence Force (ADF) is constituted under the Defence Act 1903, its mission is to defend Australia and its national interests. In fulfilling this mission, Defence serves the Government of the day and is accountable to the Commonwealth Parliament which represents the Australian people to efficiently and effectively carry out the Government's defence policy.
Department of Education and TrainingThe Department of Education and Training is responsible for national policies and programmes that help Australians access quality and affordable early child care and childhood education, school education, higher education, vocational education and training, international education and research. Department of EmploymentThe Department of Employment was created on 18 September 2013.
The Australian Government Department of Employment is responsible for national policies and programmes that help Australians find and keep employment and work in safe, fair and productive workplaces.