Government of South Australia

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Government of South Australia
Government of South Australia logo.svg
Emblem of the South Australian Government and its agencies
Coat of arms of South Australia.svg
Coat of arms of the State of South Australia, used for formal and ceremonial purposes.
Australian state South Australia
Legislative branch
Legislature Parliament of South Australia;
Meeting place Parliament House
Executive branch
Main organ Cabinet of South Australia
Leader Premier
Appointer Governor
Meeting place Parliament House
Judicial branch
Court Supreme Court
Seat Adelaide

The Government of South Australia, also referred to as the South Australian Government, is the Australian state democratic administrative authority of South Australia. The Government of South Australia, a parliamentary constitutional monarchy, was formed in 1856 as prescribed in its Constitution, as amended from time to time. Since the Federation of Australia in 1901, South 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, South 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[edit]

South 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 South Australia, which consists of Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia, represented by the governor of South Australia, and the two Houses, the South Australian Legislative Council and the South Australian House of Assembly, with general elections held every four years.

Executive power rests formally with the executive council, which consists of the governor and senior ministers. In practice, executive power is exercised by the premier of South Australia and the cabinet, who are appointed by the governor, but who hold office by virtue of their ability to command the support of a majority of members of the House of Assembly.

Judicial power is exercised by the Supreme Court of South 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.

Current ministry[edit]

The current ministry of the South Australian Government comprises the following Liberal members:[1]

Office Minister

Minister for the Arts

Minister for Investment and Trade

Minister for Small Business

Minister for Defence and Space Industries

Minister for Health Industries

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

Minister for Justice Reform

Minister for Planning

Minister for Industrial Relations

Minister for Child Protection Reform

Minister for the Public Sector

Minister for Consumer and Business Services

Minister for the City of Adelaide

Minister for Employment

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation

Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation

Minister for Automotive Transformation

Minister for Science and Information Economy

Minister for Finance

Minister for State Development

Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy

Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation

Minister for Water and the River Murray

Minister for Climate Change

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries

Minister for Forests

Minister for Tourism

Minister for Recreation and Sport

Minister for Racing

Minister for Regional Development

Minister for Local Government

Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion

Minister for Social Housing

Minister for the Status of Women

Minister for Ageing

Minister for Multicultural Affairs

Minister for Youth

Minister for Volunteers

Minister for Education and Child Development

Minister for Higher Education and Skills

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure

Minister for Housing and Urban Development

Minister for Health

Minister for Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Minister for Disabilities

Minister Assisting the Minister for Recreation and Sport

Minister for Police Minister for Correctional Services

Minister for Emergency Services

Minister for Road Safety

Minister Assisting the Minister for Health

Minister Assisting the Minister for Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Steven Marshall MHA

Deputy Premier

Vickie Chapman MHA
Treasurer Rob Lucas MLC

Government agencies[edit]

The South Australian 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 July 2016 there were twenty one (21) lead agencies, called government departments, that consist of:[2]

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

Government business enterprises[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The South Australian Government Gazette, March 19 2018, No. 18, Supplementary Gazette" (PDF). Retrieved 19 March 2018. 
  2. ^ "Government departments and ministers". Directories. Government of South Australia. 19 January 2016. Retrieved 17 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "ForestrySA Corporate Overview". ForestrySA. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "About us". SA Water. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 

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