Australia has a federal system of government within which there are four divisions: Commonwealth, state, territory and local.
This chapter was contributed by the Politics and Public Administration Section of Library of the Commonwealth Parliament (September 2006).
This chapter outlines the basic features of the Australian system of government, including:
It also provides details of the Commonwealth ministry, and of the state and territory government leaders.
- constitutional basis of government
- the Sovereign
- the Governor-General
- Commonwealth Parliament
- Australian Government
- Australian Public Service
- Commonwealth elections
- state government
- territory government - self-governing
- territory government - non-self governing
- local government
- political parties.