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Government of Queensland
Queensland Government Crest.png
Emblem of the Queensland Government and its agencies
Coat of Arms of Queensland.svg
Coat of arms of the State of Queensland, used for formal and ceremonial purposes.
Formation
Australian state Queensland
Website http://www.qld.gov.au/
Legislative branch
Legislature Parliament of Queensland;
  • Legislative Assembly of Queensland
Meeting place Parliament House
Executive branch
Main organ Cabinet of Queensland
Leader Premier
Appointer Governor
Meeting place Parliament House
Judicial branch
Court Supreme Court
Seat Brisbane

The Government of Queensland, also referred to as the Queensland Government, is the Australian state democratic administrative authority of Queensland. The Government of Queensland, a parliamentary constitutional monarchy, was formed in 1859 as prescribed in its Constitution, as amended from time to time. Since the Federation of Australia in 1901, Queensland has been a state of the Commonwealth of Australia, and the Constitution of Australia regulates its relationship with the Commonwealth. Under the Australian Constitution, Queensland ceded legislative and judicial supremacy to the Commonwealth, but retained powers in all matters not in conflict with the Commonwealth. Key state government offices are located at 1 William Street in the Brisbane central business district.

Executive and judicial powers

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Parliament House in Brisbane; the meeting place of the Parliament of Queensland
Executive Building at 100 George Street, Brisbane
Executive Building in George Street, 2015
William Street outside Land Administration Building with 1 William Street in the distance, Brisbane, August 2016
1 William Street was completed in 2016

The Government of Queensland operates under the Westminster system, a form of parliamentary government based on the model of the United Kingdom. The Governor of Queensland, as the representative of the Monarch, holds nominal power, although in practice only performs ceremonial duties. The Parliament of Queensland holds legislative power, while executive power lies with the Premier and Cabinet, and judicial power is exercised by a system of courts and tribunals.

The Parliament of Queensland is the state's legislature. It consists of the Monarch (represented by the Governor), and a single chamber; the Legislative Assembly. Queensland is the only Australian state with a unicameral parliament after a second chamber, the Legislative Council, was abolished in 1922.

The Legislative Assembly has 89 members; one representing each electoral district in Queensland. Elections for the Legislative Assembly are held approximately every three years.

The Cabinet of Queensland is the government's chief policy-making organ, and consists of the Premier and all ministers.

Current Ministry

Minister Office Portrait
Annastacia Palaszczuk
Jackie Trad
  • Deputy Premier
  • Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning
  • Minister for Trade and Investment
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Curtis Pitt
  • Treasurer
  • Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
  • Minister for Sport
Cameron Dick
  • Minister for Health
  • Minister for Ambulance Services
Kate Jones
  • Minister for Education
  • Minister for Tourism and Major Events
Yvette D'Ath
  • Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
  • Minister for Training and Skills
Bill Byrne
  • Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services
  • Minister for Corrective Services
Anthony Lynham
  • Minister for State Development
  • Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
Stirling Hinchliffe
  • Leader of the House
  • Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games
Mark Bailey
  • Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports
  • Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply
Steven Miles
  • Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection
  • Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef
Grace Grace
  • Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations
  • Minister for Multicultural Affairs
  • Minister for Racing
Coralee O'Rourke
  • Minister for Disability Services
  • Minister for Seniors
  • Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland
Leeanne Enoch
  • Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy
  • Minister for Small Business
Shannon Fentiman
  • Minister for Communities, Women and Youth
  • Minister for Child Safety
  • Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
Leanne Donaldson
  • Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries
Mick de Brenni
  • Minister for Housing and Public Works
Assistant Ministers
Mark Ryan
  • Assistant Minister of State Assisting the Premier
Jennifer Howard
  • Assistant Minister for Local Government

Queensland government agencies

The Queensland Government delivers services, determines policy and regulations, including legal interpretation, by a number of agencies grouped under areas of portfolio responsibility. Each portfolio is led by a government minister who is a member of the Parliament. As of April 2016 there were nineteen lead agencies, called government departments, that consist of:

  • Department of the Premier and Cabinet
  • Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
  • Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
  • Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
  • Department of Education and Training
  • Department of Energy and Water Supply
  • Department of Environment and Heritage Protection
  • Queensland Health
  • Department of Housing and Public Works
  • Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning
  • Department of Justice and Attorney-General
  • Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing
  • Department of Natural Resources and Mines
  • Queensland Police Service and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services
  • Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation
  • Department of State Development
  • Department of Transport and Main Roads
  • Queensland Treasury
  • Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games

A range of other agencies support the functions of these departments.

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