Policy and Legislation

Matters dealt with by the Department

  • Budget policy advice and process, and review of governmental programmes
  • Government financial accountability, efficiency, governance and financial management frameworks, including grants and procurement policy and services
  • Shareholder advice on Government Business Enterprises and commercial entities treated as GBEs
  • General policy guidelines for Commonwealth statutory authorities 
  • Superannuation arrangements for Australian Government civilian employees and members of parliament and retirement benefits for Federal Judges and Governors General
  • Asset sales
  • Commonwealth property policy framework, legislation and policy for the management of property leased or owned by the Commonwealth, including acquisition, disposal and management of property interests
  • Management of non-Defence Commonwealth property in Australia, including construction, major refurbishment, sustainability, acquisition, ownership and disposal of real property
  • Electoral matters
  • Administration of Parliamentarians’ entitlements
  • Administration of the Australian Government’s self-managed general insurance fund (Comcover)
  • Whole of government information and communications technology, other than that related to government service delivery
  • Policy advice on the Future Fund and Nation-building Funds and the DisabilityCare Australia Fund; and authorisation of payments from the Nation-building Funds and the DisabilityCare Australia Fund recommended by relevant Agencies 
  • Co-ordination of Government Advertising
  • Official Establishments, ownership and property management of the Prime Minister’s official residences

Legislation Administered by the Minister

Legislation Related information
Aerospace Technologies of Australia Limited Sale Act 1994
AIDC Sale Act 1997
Airports (Transitional) Act 1996
Audit (Transitional and Miscellaneous) Amendment Act 1997
Australian Capital Territory (Planning and Land Management) Act 1988

section 27 insofar as it relates to the declaration of land in the Australian Capital Territory to be National Land where the land is required for Commonwealth purposes other than for the special purposes of Canberra as the National Capital

CFM Sale Act 1996
Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
Commonwealth Electoral Legislation (Provision of Information) Act 2000
Commonwealth Funds Management Limited Act 1990
Commonwealth Vehicles (Registration and Exemption from Taxation) Act 1997
CSL Sale Act 1993
DisabilityCare Australia Fund Act 2013
Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999 

insofar as it relates to superannuation and death and disability (Division 2 of Schedule 1) and the determination of the rate of superannuation payable (clause 8 of Division 1 of Schedule 1)

Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Act 1997
Future Fund Act 2006
Governance of Australian Government Superannuation Schemes Act 2011
Governor-General Act 1974

sections 2A, 2B, 2C, 4, 4A, 4AA, 4AB, 4AC, 4AD, 4AE, 4AF, 4AG, 4AH, 4AI, 4B, 4BA, 4C, 4D, 4E and 5 and 16

Judges' Pensions Act 1968
Lands Acquisition (Northern Territory Pastoral Leases) Act 1981
Lands Acquisition (Repeal and Consequential Provisions) Act 1989
Lands Acquisition Act 1989
Loan (War Service Land Settlement) Act 1970
Loan (War Service Land Settlement) Act 1971
Loan (War Service Land Settlement) Act 1972
Loan (War Service Land Settlement) Act 1975
Loan (War Service Land Settlement) Act 1977
Loan (War Service Land Settlement) Act 1980
Loan Acts
Medibank Private Sale Act 2006
Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984
Ministers of State Act 1952
Nation-building Funds Act 2008
Northern Territory (Commonwealth Lands) Act 1980
Northern Territory (Self-Government) Act 1978

sections 69 and 70

Papua New Guinea (Staffing Assistance) Act 1973 

insofar as it relates to superannuation and retirement benefits

Papua New Guinea (Staffing Assistance) Termination Act 1976
Parliamentary Allowances Act 1952
Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Act 1948
Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990
Parliamentary Precincts Act 1988
Parliamentary Retirement Travel Act 2002
Parliamentary Retiring Allowances (Increases) Act 1967
Parliamentary Retiring Allowances (Increases) Act 1971
Parliamentary Superannuation Act 2004
Public Accounts and Audit Committee Act 1951
Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2014
Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013
Public Service Act 1999

sections 63 and 70

Public Works Committee Act 1969
Qantas Sale Act 1992

except to the extent administered by the Treasurer or the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984
Representation Act 1983
Salaries Adjustment Act 1956
Same-Sex Relationships (Equal Treatment in Commonwealth Laws – Superannuation) Act 2008

section 4 only

Superannuation (Distribution of Surplus) Act 1974
Superannuation (Pension Increases) Act 1961
Superannuation (Pension Increases) Act 1967
Superannuation (Pension Increases) Act 1971
Superannuation (Productivity Benefit) Act 1988
Superannuation Act 1976
Superannuation Act 1990
Superannuation Act 2005
Superannuation Benefits (Supervisory Mechanisms) Act 1990
Supply Acts
Surplus Revenue Acts 1908
Surplus Revenue Acts 1910
Transferred Officers' Allowances Act 1948

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