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Legal system

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Administrative law
​The Attorney-General is responsible for administrative law policy and oversees the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and legislative instruments.

Alternative dispute resolution
We provide advice on alternative dispute resolution issues and policy to Australian Government agencies.

Constitutional law
​We provide assistance and advice to the government on matters of constitutional policy development and litigation, including advice on questions of amendments to the Australian Constitution. We also provide advice and assistance to the government in relation to constitutional issues having general implications for Commonwealth and federal arrangements.

Court appointments
​The Attorney-General is responsible for recommending judicial appointments to the government.

Legal assistance programmes
We administer the funding for the provision of legal aid services for Commonwealth law matters through legal aid commissions.

Legislative design and scrutiny
We provide assistance and advice on the design and scrutiny of Commonwealth legislation.

Reducing the complexity of legislation
Read about the drivers of complexity in Commonwealth legislation and the stategies for developing clearer laws.

Regulatory powers
We manage the Regulatory Powers Act and provide advice on legislative proposals involving the use of regulatory powers.

The courts
​We advise the government about federal court jurisdictions and related legislation matters. We provide advice on the role, structure and administration of the federal courts including operations and resources.