Which branch of government officially changes the constitution?
Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act, 1900: Original Public Record Copy (1900).
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The Australian Constitution can only be changed by a vote of the Australian people. The Australian Parliament must first approve a proposed change to the Constitution in the form of a bill – proposed law. Australians then vote in a referendum.
If a referendum is successful, the change must be made to the Constitution. The Attorney-General’s Department would be responsible for ensuring that Australians are informed about the change. All printed and digital versions of the Australian Constitution would need to be updated.