These are general sites for researching the Australian government on the Internet and provide a starting place for researchers in this field. They provide a diverse range of information on Australian government resources as well as providing links to other useful sites.

Government in Australia is three-tiered - Commonwealth (or Federal), State and Local. More information about Australia's system of government is available from the Commonwealth Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Executive government

  • The Official Web Site of the British Monarchy - provides information on the work of The Queen in modern society, biographies of the Royal Family, a history of kings and queens through the ages, background on Royal residences and art collections, and coverage of recent Royal events.
  • Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia – includes information on the role of the Governor-General, speeches, previous Governors-General, the Australian Honours Secretariat and links to the websites of the State Governors.
  • Prime Minister of Australia – official website of the Prime Minister.  Includes speeches, media releases, links to the ministry, and general information on Australia.

Parliamentary system

  • Parliament of Australia – official website of Australian parliament.  Includes information on parliamentary departments, links to committee reports, full text of bills, speeches, biographical information, parliamentary publications, and more.
  • Commonwealth Budget – includes budget speech, budget overview and guide, and portfolio budget statements.
  • Australian Political Parties  - from the Parliamentary Library website, a list of  Australian political parties and political organisations.


Government publications

  • GovPubs: the Australian Government Publications Guide is a guide to selected Australian Commonwealth and State Government publications located in Australia's National and State Libraries and on the Internet.
  • Whole of Government Information and Communications Technology: previously the Australian Government Information Managment Office, this office provides guides on Australian government information technology policies.

Australia's government overseas

Historical information

  • National Archives of Australia - holds government records created since the formation of the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901, and some nineteenth century records, including records for shipping and post offices.
  • Australia's Prime Ministers  - a ‘shop window’ of information featuring digitised documents from the National Archives collection.
  • Documenting a Democracy  - Australia's founding documents telling the story of our democracy.