A poster providing information on the three levels of government in Australia.
Print this poster out and use it when you are completing a unit on Australian Government.
Federal Government – The leader of the federal government is called the Prime Minister. The federal parliament makes laws for the whole of Australia.
State & Territory Government – The leader of the state government is called the Premier (Chief Minister in the two territories). There are six state and two territory parliaments which make laws for their state or territory.
Local Government – The head of a Council is the Mayor or Shire President. There are over 560 local councils in Australia. They each look after the particular needs of a city or local community and make local laws, called by-laws.
Australians aged 18 years and over vote to elect representatives to federal, state/territory parliaments and to local councils to make decisions on their behalf.