Attorney-General's Department (Australia)
Attorney-General's Department is a department of the federal government of Australia responsible for law and justice.
The head of the department is the
Secretary of the Attorney-General's Department, currently Chris Moraitis , who reports to the PSM Attorney-General of Australia, currently The Hon. Christian Porter MP.
The Attorney-General's Department is one of seven original Commonwealth Departments of state, commencing with the Commonwealth of Australia on 1 January 1901. It is one of only three departments, along with
Defence and Treasury, to have operated continuously under their original name and charter since Federation.
The department is organised into four groups, each headed by a Deputy Secretary. These Deputy Secretaries report to the Secretary who co-ordinates and devises departmental structure and policy.
These four groups are:
The Attorney-General's Department is located at the Robert Garran Offices, 3-5 National Circuit,
Barton in the Australian Capital Territory.
 Departmental Secretary
On the recommendation of the
Prime Minister, the Governor-General has appointed the following individuals as Secretary of the department:
Mission and outcomes
The Office of Legislative Drafting and Publishing in
, ACT. The Office is a division of the Attorney-General's Department.
The mission of the department is "achieving a just and secure society". In pursuing this mission, the department works towards achieving *A just and secure society through the maintenance and improvement of Australia’s law and justice framework and its national security and emergency management system".
The Administrative Arrangements Order made on 19 April 2018 details the following responsibilities to the Department:
 Law and justice, including -
Legal services to the Commonwealth
Administration of criminal justice, including -
Criminal law policy and principles of criminal responsibility
Matters relating to prosecution
Sentencing and management of federal offenders
Internal crime cooperation, including extradition and mutual assistance in criminal matters Protective security policy
Administrative support for Royal Commissions and certain other inquiries
Freedom of Information
Management of government records
Fraud and anti-corruption policy
Whole of government integrity policy and activities See also References
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