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Rule of law

Our department has primary responsibility for supporting the Australian Government in protecting and promoting the rule of law.  

The rule of law underpins the way Australian society is governed. Everyone—including citizens and the government—is bound by and entitled to the benefit of laws. 

We uphold the rule of law through our daily work to ensure:

  • laws are clear, predictable and accessible
  • laws are publicly made and the community is able to participate in the law-making process
  • laws are publicly adjudicated in courts that are independent from the executive arm of government
  • dispute settlement is fair and efficient where parties cannot resolve disputes themselves. 

We support the Australian Government in being accountable for actions, making rational decisions and protecting human rights.

We advance the rule of law internationally by actively promoting adherence to the global rules-based system and helping to build effective governance and stability in our region.