The Attorney-General's Department delivers programs and policies to maintain and improve Australia's law and justice framework, and strengthen our national security and emergency management. The department is the central policy and coordinating element of the Attorney-General's portfolio, for which the Attorney-General and the Minister for Justice are responsible. The department is structured into four groups to effectively and efficiently deliver programs against strategic aims and broader portfolio objectives: - National Security and Emergency Management Group - Civil Justice and Corporate Group - Criminal Justice Group, and - the Australian Government Solicitor. As of 1 July 2015, the department includes the Australian Government Solicitor.
Appropriations 1040503000
Departmental expenses 401903000
Average staffing level 1736
3-5 National Circuit
Barton ACT 2600


Further information

  • Type of Body

    A. Non Corporate Commonwealth Entity

  • GFS Sector Classification


  • Established By / Under

    Constitution and Administrative Arrangement Orders

  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?


  • Classification

    A. Principal

  • Materiality


  • GFS Function / Sector Reported

    Social Security and Welfare;Public Order and Safety

  • PS Act Body

    Yes - Department

  • Auditor


  • Creation Date

    1 January 1901

Current single executive appointments

Position Appointee Start Date End Date
Solicitor-General Dr. Stephen Donaghue QC 16 January 2017 15 January 2022

Enquiry Lines

Title Phone Number Hours of Operation Description
National Security Hotline 1800 123 400 24 hrs/day - 7 days/week Report activities relevant to national security.
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