This section provides information on the function, composition, origins and other details of Australian Government bodies.
The bodies covered are described in the scope of bodies reported. The scope is based on the characteristics used to describe the 12 main types of bodies identified for classification purposes. The Portfolio departments are responsible for collecting information about the entities and bodies listed.
The dataset is updated continuously and the following statistics reflect the dataset as at 2 April 2019, the statistics are updated on a quarterly basis. The Register reflects the current 2019-20 Budget data for Total Appropriations, Departmental Expenses and the ASL numbers reported for Principal bodies that form part of the General Government Sector.
The total number of bodies on the Register at 2 April 2019 is 1,263 bodies, heading towards 1,247 once further reductions previously announced by the Government* are implemented.
48 bodies that were ceased / consolidated by the Government have been removed since the last reported update on 1 January 2019, with 29 new bodies being created.
* Bodies that the Government has previously announced as ceasing or consolidating will remain on the Register until they have ceased operations or consolidation has occurred. Further information can be found on each individual body’s page on the Register (for example, see the “National Rural Advisory Council” page).
View a summary of the key statistics and the register movements list of new and/or ceased bodies.
Access to further documentation
Find more information, including a spreadsheet of bodies and the guide to the register's fields on the Department of Finance website.
Find, access and reuse public data
Download datasets relating to the register from the data.gov.au website.
List of Australian Government bodies by portfolio and type