Portfolio

The Attorney-General’s 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
    • Alternative dispute resolution
    • Bankruptcy
    • Constitutional law
    • Courts and tribunals
    • Human rights
    • International law
    • Law reform
    • Legal assistance
    • Legislative drafting
    • Marriage and family law
    • Personal property securities
  • Administration of criminal justice, including:
    • criminal law policy and principles of criminal responsibility
    • matters relating to prosecution
    • sentencing and management of federal offenders
    • international crime cooperation, including extradition and mutual assistance in criminal matters
  • Administrative support for Royal Commissions and certain other inquiries
  • Fraud and anti-corruption policy
  • Freedom of information
  • Legal services to the Commonwealth
  • Management of government records
  • Native title
  • Privacy
  • Protective security policy

Agencies and organisations

Courts and tribunals

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

Legal services

  • Office of Parliamentary Counsel

Management of government records

  • National Archives of Australia

National security and law enforcement

  • Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity
  • Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (in relation to issuing of warrants)
  • Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions
  • Independent National Security Legislation Monitor
  • Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security

Regulation and reform

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