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About us

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. Through the Australian Government Solicitor, we also provide legal services to the Commonwealth (including legal advice and representation).

Our department is the central policy and coordinating element of the Attorney-General's portfolio, for which the Attorney-General and the Minister for Justice and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Counter-Terrorism are responsible.​

Our department is structured into four groups to effectively and efficiently deliver programs against strategic aims and broader portfolio objectives:

  • Civil Justice and Corporate
  • Criminal Justice
  • Australian Government Solicitor
  • National Security and Emergency Management.

Organisational structure

Corporate Plan

The Attorney-General’s Department Corporate Plan 2015-16 sets out our priorities and key initiatives over the coming year. It is available to download below:

Annual reports and Budgets are available from our Publications section.