Is it possible to have 2 people on the same role in government?

Thanks for your question Stacie. The short answer is no; only one person is appointed to each position in the Australian Government.

However, it is possible to have someone acting in a position. For example, when the Prime Minister travels overseas to represent Australia or is on holidays, the Deputy Prime Minister performs the role of Acting Prime Minister.

There may also be someone appointed to assist a minister in performing their role in the government. For example, the Assistant Treasurer helps the Treasurer to do their job.

The Prime Minister and members of the government in the House of Representatives.

The government side of the House of Representatives.

Graham Tidy/DPS AUSPIC

The government side of the House of Representatives.

The Prime Minister and members of the government in the House of Representatives.

Graham Tidy/DPS AUSPIC

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This image shows part of the House of Representatives. There is a large table at which the Prime Minister and the Clerks sit. There are 5 rows of seats behind the Prime Minister, with the rear 4 rows also having desks in front of the seats. The seats are occupied by government members.