The Government of Queensland is commonly known as the "Queensland Government". The form of the Government of Queensland is prescribed in its Constitution, which dates from 1859, although it has been amended many times since then. Since 1901 Queensland has been a state of the Commonwealth of Australia, and the Australian Constitution regulates its relationship with the Commonwealth.
Following the 2012 Queensland state election which resulted in a change of Government, Premier Campbell Newman announced machinery of government changes. The changes involved reforming the Queensland public service, introducing several new departments and reforming others so that each department was responsible to an individual minister.
Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs
Following the 2009 Queensland state election, which resulted in the re-election of the Bligh Labor Government, a departmental restructure took place in which the number of government departments was reduced to thirteen. These included:
On June 2, 2009 the government announced the 'Renewing Queensland Plan' that would sell state-owned railway, port and forestry assets to raise $15 billion, and avoid a further $12 billion required in future capital investment. On 18 May 2010, Queensland Forestry Plantations was the first commercial business to be sold.