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Government of Western Australia
Western Australian Coat of Arms.svg
Coat of arms of the State of Western Australia, used for formal and ceremonial purposes.
Australian state Western Australia
Legislative branch
Legislature Parliament of Western Australia;
  • WA Legislative Council
  • WA Legislative Assembly
Meeting place Parliament House
Executive branch
Main organ Executive Council
Leader Premier
Appointer Governor
Meeting place Parliament House
Judicial branch
Court Supreme Court
Seat Perth

The Government of Western Australia, also referred to formally as Her Majesty's Government of Western Australia, or as the Western Australian Government or the West Australian Government, is the Australian state democratic administrative authority of Western Australia. The Government of Western Australia, a parliamentary constitutional monarchy, was formed in 1890 as prescribed in its Constitution, as amended from time to time. Since the Federation of Australia in 1901, Western Australia has been a state of the Commonwealth of Australia, and the Constitution of Australia regulates its relationship with the Commonwealth. Under the Australian Constitution, Western Australia ceded legislative and judicial supremacy to the Commonwealth, but retained powers in all matters not in conflict with the Commonwealth.

Executive and judicial powers

Western Australia is governed according to the principles of the Westminster system, a form of parliamentary government based on the model of the United Kingdom. Legislative power rests with the Parliament of Western Australia, which consists of the Crown, represented by the Governor of Western Australia, and the two Houses, the Western Australian Legislative Council (the upper house) and the Western Australian Legislative Assembly (the lower house). Executive power rests formally with the Executive Council, which consists of the Governor and senior ministers.

The Governor, as representative of the Crown, is the formal repository of power, which is exercised by him or her on the advice of the Premier of Western Australia and the Cabinet. The Premier and Ministers are appointed by the Governor, and hold office by virtue of their ability to command the support of a majority of members of the Legislative Assembly. Judicial power is exercised by the Supreme Court of Western Australia and a system of subordinate courts, but the High Court of Australia and other federal courts have overriding jurisdiction on matters which fall under the ambit of the Australian Constitution.


      • The state election on 11 March 2017 returned a Labor government, rendering the list below obsolete; however as of 18 March the Liberal Opposition shadow portfolios have not yet been finalised.

Ministries as at 11 March 2017:

The following individuals serve as government ministers, at the pleasure of the Queen, represented by the Governor of Western Australia. The government ministers are listed in order of seniority, while the shadow minister are listed against their opposing portfolio, to the best possible match. All ministers and shadow ministers are members of the Parliament of Western Australia.

Minister Office Portrait Party Opposition
Office Portrait Party
Colin Barnett Premier
Minister for Tourism
Minister for Science
Colin Barnett (formal) crop.jpg   Liberal Mark McGowan Leader of the Opposition
Shadow Minister for Regional Development
Shadow Minister Economic Reform
Shadow Minister Public Sector Management
Mark McGowan headshot.jpg   Labor
Liza Harvey Deputy Premier
Minister for Police
Minister for Road Safety
Minister for Training and Workforce Development
Minister for Women's Interests
  Liberal Kate Doust Deputy Leader in the Legislative Council
Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations
Shadow Minister for Commerce
Shadow Minister for Information Communications Technology
Shadow Minister for Small Business
Shadow Minister for Electoral Affairs
  Michelle Roberts Manager of Opposition Business
Shadow Minister for Police
Shadow Minister for Road Safety
Shadow Minister for Crime Prevention
Shadow Minister for Culture and the Arts
Terry Redman Minister for Regional Development
Minister for Lands
Minister assisting the Minister for State Development
  National Peter Tinley AM Shadow Minister for Science
Shadow Minister for Trade
Shadow Minister for Asian Engagement
Shadow Minister for Lands
Shadow Minister for Gascoyne
Shadow Minister for Goldfields-Esperance
Peter Collier Minister for Education
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
Minister for Electoral Affairs
  Liberal Sue Ellery Leader in the Legislative Council
Shadow Minister for Education
John Day Minister for Health
Minister for Culture and the Arts
John Day (Australian politician) SMC 2010.JPG   Liberal Roger Cook Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Shadow Minister for Health
3 Feb 15 FREO FSH gnangarra-123.jpg   Labor
Dr Mike Nahan Treasurer
Minister for Energy
Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Interests
Mike nahan gnangarra 02.JPG   Liberal Ben Wyatt Shadow Treasurer
Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
Shadow Minister for Native Title
Shadow Minister for Kimberley
Shadow Minister for Pilbara
Shadow Minister for Cost of Living
Shadow Minister for Government Accountability
Bill Marmion Minister for State Development
Minister for Innovation
Minister for Transport
  Liberal Rita Saffioti Shadow Minister for Planning
Shadow Minister for Transport
Shadow Minister for Infrastructure
Shadow Minister for Finance
Michael Mischin Attorney-General
Minister for Commerce
  Liberal John Quigley Shadow Attorney-General   Labor
Albert Jacob Minister for Environment
Minister for Heritage
AlbertJacobProfile.jpg   Liberal Chris Tallentire Shadow Minister for Environment
Shadow Minister for Climate Change
Joe Francis Minister for Emergency Services
Minister for Fisheries
Minister for Corrective Services
Minister for Veterans
  Liberal Margaret Quirk Shadow Minister for Emergency Services
Shadow Minister for Bushfire Preparedness
Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Interests
Shadow Minister for Seniors and Ageing
  Paul Papalia Shadow Minister for Corrective Services
Shadow Minister for Tourism
Shadow Minister for Defence Issues
Mia Davies Minister for Water
Minister for Sport and Recreation
Minister for Forestry
  National Peter Watson Shadow Minister for Sport and Recreation
Shadow Minister for Great Southern
Shadow Minister for Veterans' Issues
Mark Lewis Minister for Agriculture and Food   Liberal Mick Murray Shadow Minister for Regional Roads
Shadow Minister for Racing and Gaming
Shadow Minister for Forestry
Shadow Minister for South West
Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Food
Paul Miles Minister for Local Government
Minister for Community Services
Minister for Seniors and Volunteering
Minister for Youth
  Liberal David Templeman Shadow Minister for Local Government
Shadow Minister for Volunteering
Shadow Minister for Heritage
Shadow Minister for Peel
Shadow Minister for Wheatbelt
Shadow Minister for Mid West
Brendon Grylls Minister for Housing
Minister for Racing and Gaming
  National Fran Logan Shadow Minister for Housing
Shadow Minister for Local Jobs
Shadow Minister for Training and Workforce Development
Fran Logan (cropped).jpg   Labor
Donna Faragher Minister for Planning
Minister for Disability Services
Donna Faragher1.jpg   Liberal Simone McGurk Shadow Minister for Community Services
Shadow Minister for Children's Interests
Shadow Minister for Women's Interests
3 Feb 15 FREO FSH gnangarra-120.jpg   Labor
Andrea Mitchell Minister for Mental Health
Minister for Child Protection
Andrea Mitchell MLA.jpg   Liberal Stephen Dawson Shadow Minister for Disability Services, Mental Health and Child Protection   Labor
Sean L'Estrange Minister for Mines and Petroleum
Minister for Small Business
Minister for Finance
  Liberal Bill Johnston Shadow Minister for State Development
Shadow Minister for Energy
Shadow Minister for Mines and Petroleum
Shadow Minister for Ports
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