The Attorney-General's Department is responsible for:
- law and justice
- national security
- emergency management
- natural disaster relief
- cultural affairs, including movable cultural heritage and support for the arts
- the management of goverment records.
Our department is the central policy and coordinating element of the Attorney-General's portfolio, for which the Attorney-General and Minister for the Arts; and the Minister for Justice are responsible.
Law and justice
Our department serves the people of Australia by protecting and promoting the rule of law. We work to enhance Australia's legal system to protect rights and freedoms and support productivity growth and create a just society.
Our department provides whole-of-portfolio advice to ministers and to the government on national security and counter-terrorism matters.
Emergency management involves developing policy and plans to respond to, and minimise, the effects of natural disasters or crises.
Natural disaster relief
The Australian Government, through the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA), helps to alleviate the significant financial burden placed on states and territories and to facilitate the early provision of emergency assistance to disaster-affected communities.
Our department includes the Ministry for the Arts which is responsible for developing and administering programs and policies that encourage excellence in art, support for cultural heritage and public access to arts and culture.
We are also responsible, with the National Archives of Australia, for policy on preserving Australia's most valuable government records and promoting good records management by Australian Government agencies.