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Attorney-General for Australia


The Attorney-General portfolio comprises the Attorney-General's Department, and a number of statutory and non-statutory bodies.

Areas of Responsibility—Attorney-General

Law and justice including:

  • Administrative law
  • Administrative support for Royal Commissions and certain other inquiries
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Bankruptcy
  • Constitutional law
  • Copyright
  • Courts and tribunals
  • Cultural affairs, including movable cultural heritage and support for the arts
  • Freedom of Information
  • Human rights
  • International law
  • Law reform
  • Legal assistance
  • Legal services to the Commonwealth
  • Legislative drafting
  • Marriage and family law
  • Management of government records
  • Native Title
  • Personal property securities
  • Privacy

National security including:

  • Counter-terrorism law and policy
  • Critical infrastructure protection (including cyber security)
  • Telecommunications interceptions

Agencies and organisations

National security and law enforcement

  • Australian Security Intelligence Organisation
  • Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions

Legal services

  • Australian Government Solicitor
  • Office of Parliamentary Counsel

Courts and tribunals

  • High Court of Australia
  • Federal Court of Australia
  • Family Court and Federal Circuit Court of Australia
  • Administrative Appeals Tribunal

Regulation and reform

  • Australian Financial Security Authority
  • Australian Human Rights Commission
  • Australian Law Reform Commission
  • Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

Management of government records

  • National Archives of Australia