What system of government does Australia have?
Thanks for your question. It is a very interesting one which could be answered in many different ways.
Australia is a democracy. Democracy means the people have a say about how they are governed. In Australia the people have their say by electing members of parliament to make decisions for the whole country. These members of parliament represent the people, which is why Australia is a representative democracy.
Australia also has a monarch (the King) as our head of state. The powers of the monarch are set out in the Constitution, along with the powers of the parliament and the courts. This means that Australia is a constitutional monarchy.
Australia’s parliament is bicameral, meaning it has 2 chambers. This is similar to the British Parliament as many of the functions and practices of the Australian Parliament are based on British Parliament, also called the Westminster system.
The Australian system of government.
Parliamentary Education Office (PEO.GOV.AU)
This graphic illustrates the 5 components of the Australian system of government:
- representative democracy
- constitutional monarchy
- federation of states
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
You are free to share – to copy, distribute and transmit the work.
Attribution – you must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
Non-commercial – you may not use this work for commercial purposes.
No derivative works – you may not alter, transform, or build upon this work.
Waiver – any of the above conditions can be waived if you get permission from the copyright holder.