List of Australian Commonwealth Government entities This is a list of Australian Commonwealth Government departments, bureaus and commissions, authorities and corporations. Department summary From September 2013 The following is a list of government departments that were formed or re-confirmed on 18 September 2013 by way of an Administrative Arrangements Order issued by the Governor-General of Australia on the recommendation of the Abbott Government. The Administrative Arrangements Order replaced the previous Order of 14 September 2010 issued by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Gillard Government. Agriculture portfolio Ministers Department Other portfolio bodies Attorney-General's portfolio Ministers Department Other portfolio bodies Communications portfolio Ministers Department Other portfolio bodies Defence portfolio Ministers Departments Other portfolio bodies Education portfolio Ministers Department
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (Australia) Information about the department's functions and/or government funding allocation could be found in the Administrative Arrangements Orders, the annual Portfolio Budget Statements, in the department's annual reports and on the departmental website. In an Administrative Arrangements Order made on 18 September 2013, the functions of the department were broadly classified into the following matters: On 11 March 1968, a separate Department of the Cabinet Office was created. On 12 March 1971, these two departments were merged to create the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Like other Prime Minister's office in the Commonwealth, the Prime Minister's Office has Chief of Staff. The office holder is also the head of the Cabinet. The post of National Security Advisor was formed in December 2008. Jump up ^ CA 1401: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 27 December 2013 Jump up ^ Australian Government.
Government of Australia Commonwealth Government Section 1 of the Australian Constitution creates a democratic legislature, the bicameral Parliament of Australia which consists of the Queen of Australia and two houses, the Senate and the House of Representatives. Section 51 of the Constitution provides for the Commonwealth Government's legislative powers and allocates certain powers and responsibilities (known as "heads of power") to the Commonwealth government. All remaining responsibilities are retained by the six States (previously separate colonies). Further, each State has its own constitution, so that Australia has seven sovereign Parliaments, none of which can encroach on the functions of any other. The Commonwealth Parliament can propose changes to the Constitution. The Commonwealth Constitution also provides that the States can agree to refer any of their powers to the Commonwealth. Government is undertaken by three inter-connected arms of government: Legislature Executive
Old Parliament House, Canberra Old Parliament House as viewed from the front Old Parliament House viewed from Queen Victoria Terrace Opening of Parliament House in May 1927 Parliament House, known formerly as the Provisional Parliament House, was the house of the Parliament of Australia from 1927 to 1988. Designed by John Smith Murdoch and a team of assistants from the Department of Works and Railways, the building was intended to be neither temporary nor permanent—only to be a ‘provisional’ building that would serve as a parliament for fifty years. Location View to Mount Ainslie from the front steps. On either side of the building are situated the Parliamentary Gardens—one each for the House of Representatives (eastern side) and the Senate (western side)—which Murdoch intended as integral elements of the building, to provide both diversion and contemplative space for members and senators. Façade and design elements Central façade and steps to front entrance Royal arms Plan King’s Hall Interiors
Shadow Cabinet of Australia The Shadow Cabinet of Australia is a group of senior Opposition spokespeople who form an alternative Cabinet to the government's, whose members shadow or mark each individual Minister or portfolio of the Government. Members of the Shadow Cabinet Outer Shadow Ministry Shadow Parliamentary Secretaries See also References Governments' IT projects needn't cost the world. Here's how we can do better | Malcolm Turnbull The man responsible for the UK government’s technology, Liam Maxwell, walks around with a very simple motto stickered onto his smartphone and Macbook: “What is the user need?” Maxwell is Her Majesty’s government’s chief technology officer but his outlook, attitude and clothes he wears are far closer to Steve Jobs than to Sir Humphrey. His job as part of the efficiency reform group – created in 2010 when the UK government was facing its largest deficit since the second world war – is to equip government departments with the right technology to deliver great digital services and to cut IT spending. Increasingly, the relationship between citizens and the government no longer happens at an MP’s office or a Centrelink bureau, but on a smartphone. But it is clear Australia is still a laggard in this area. The first area screaming out for reform is how the government buys IT software and hardware. Take online transaction systems. Consider organising a visit to a friend or a relative in prison.
Regional minister In England, regional ministers were appointed from 2007 on a part-time basis as part of the Government of the United Kingdom. Each minister had other departmental responsibilities, as well as specific responsibilities for one of the English regions. Their stated role was "to provide a clear sense of strategic direction for the nine English regions and to help strengthen their links with central government." Background Regional ministers in England were first appointed by the incoming Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, on 28 June 2007, as part of his initial Government reshuffle. Responsibilities The Governance of Britain Green Paper, published in July 2007, provided the following objectives for regional ministers: It also stated: "There are a range of functions that Regional Ministers will undertake. Opposition Ministerial appointments The nine Government regions of England, as at 2010 References
WA Department of Health wasted $6 million on Fiona Stanley Hospital identity access management project The new Fiona Stanley hospital at Murdoch. Source: News Corp Australia THE West Australian Department of Health wasted $6 million on a project it didn’t know how to deliver or even whether it was viable, a review has found. Auditor General Colin Murphy’s report tabled in parliament today into the Fiona Stanley Hospital’s identity access management (IAM) project found the department missed early warning signs it could go wrong. The IAM was intended to provide authorised individuals access to hospital buildings and grant personnel anywhere, anytime access to the IT systems. Mr Murphy said the department did not prepare a business case to support its decision to invest funds in the IAM project when it started in 2008. It also did not insist that the successful vendor provide proof of concept to demonstrate that their system was viable and could deliver the required functionality. The project’s shortcomings included a lack of appropriate milestones to ensure that it was on track.
Departments of the United Kingdom Government Types of Government department Government departments are either ministerial departments or non-ministerial departments. Non-ministerial departments generally cover matters for which direct political oversight is judged unnecessary or inappropriate. They are headed by senior civil servants. Some fulfil a regulatory or inspection function, and their status is therefore intended to protect them from political interference. Some are headed by Permanent Secretaries or Second Permanent Secretaries. List of departments of the United Kingdom Government Ministerial departments Non-ministerial departments List of executive agencies reporting to each department of the United Kingdom Government See also References External links
Cabinet of Canada For practical reasons, the Cabinet is informally referred to either in relation to the prime minister in charge of it or, more formally, the number of ministries since Confederation. The current cabinet is the Harper Cabinet, which is part of the 28th Ministry. Composition Queen-in-Council One of the main duties of the Crown is to appoint as prime minister the individual most likely to maintain the confidence of the House of Commons; this is usually the leader of the political party with a majority in that house, but when no party or coalition holds a majority (referred to as a minority parliament), or similar scenario, the governor general's judgement about the most suitable candidate for prime minister must be brought into play. The prime minister thereafter heads the Cabinet. Selection and structure Cabinet itself—or full Cabinet—is further divided into committees. Ministers, secretaries, and deputies Responsibilities Shadow cabinets Notes