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Deputy Prime Minister of Australia
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Michael McCormack

sinceĀ 26 February 2018
Style The Honourable
Appointer Governor-General of Australia on the recommendation of the Prime Minister
Term length At the Governor-General's pleasure
Inaugural holder John McEwen
Formation 10 January 1968 (first gazetted)
Salary AU$416,212 (since 2017)

The Deputy Prime Minister of Australia is the second-most senior officer in the Government of Australia. The office of Deputy Prime Minister was officially created as a ministerial portfolio in 1968.

The Deputy Prime Minister is appointed by the Governor-General on the advice of the Prime Minister.

When Australia has a Coalition Government (as it does now), the Coalition Agreement must agree that all Coalition members support the leader of the Liberal Party becoming Prime Minister and agrees that the leader of the National Party be selected as Deputy Prime Minister.

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