Forming the Australian government

The Australian Government is formed after a federal election

Australians vote

Australians vote in a federal election

One member is elected from each federal electorate

The group with the support of the majority - more than half - of the members in the House of Representatives forms government.

prime minister

The leader of the group that is elected to government becomes the Prime Minister of Australia.


Some members of parliament in the government are chosen to become ministers.


The Prime Minister chooses some of these ministers to form Cabinet.

cabinet table

The Prime Minister and Cabinet govern Australia by making decisions about national matters.