4.2 Attorney-General's Portfolio

The Attorney-General’s Portfolio has a primary focus on law and justice, arts and home affairs. Legal agencies and programmes cover law enforcement, federal courts and tribunals, legal aid, human rights, insolvency and native title. Arts and cultural development programmes were recently transferred to the portfolio. These programmes are focused on increasing access to the arts in regional and remote Australia through supporting community and cultural activities and also support for skills development. Home affairs incorporates disaster relief, emergency co-ordination and assistance and payments to Australian victims of terrorism overseas.

The Attorney-General administers 173 pieces of legislation ranging from the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006, to the Witness Protection Act 1994.

The portfolio receives total resourcing of $4.5 billion, of which $3.5 billion is departmental funding and $1.1 billion is administered funding. More than 15,700 people are employed in the portfolio. In addition to the Attorney-General’s Department (AGD), with funding of $1.2 billion and over 1,600 staff, the portfolio includes 17 law and justice agencies and 13 arts agencies.

The size of these agencies varies considerably, ranging from the Australian Federal Police (AFP), with nearly a third of the portfolio funding and over 6,400 staff (41 per cent of the portfolio total) to the Australian Law Reform Commission, with funding of $2.9 million and 16 staff.

Other significant law and justice agencies include the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), with 10 per cent of funding and 11 per cent of staff, and the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) with 2 per cent of funding and 3 per cent of staff.

The Family Court and Federal Circuit Court of Australia and the Federal Court of Australia are also significant organisations with collectively about 6 per cent of portfolio funding and 8 per cent of portfolio staff.

The major arts agencies include the Australia Council (5 per cent of portfolio funding and just under 1 per cent of portfolio staff); Screen Australia (2.4 per cent of portfolio funding and less than 1 per cent of portfolio staff); and the National Library of Australia (1.6 per cent of portfolio funding and nearly 3 per cent of portfolio staff).

Table 4.2.1: Portfolio resourcing: Attorney-General's

Funding ($'000)

Staffing

Entity

Departmental

Administered

Total

ASL

Attorney General’s Department

               280,664

               891,933

            1,172,597

         1,614

Administrative Appeals Tribunal

                 36,275

                            -

                  36,275

             170

Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity

                    7,146

                            -

                    7,146

               34

Australian Crime Commission

                 93,341

                            -

                  93,341

             504

Australian Federal Police

           1,338,822

                 51,500

            1,390,322

         6,416

Australian Human Rights Commission

                 24,602

                       144

                  24,746

             125

Australian Institute of Criminology

                    5,379

                   2,147

                    7,526

               47

Australian Law Reform Commission

                    2,899

                            -

                    2,899

               16

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation

               434,165

                            -

               434,165

         1,778

Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre

                 71,103

                            -

                  71,103

             274

CrimTrac Agency

                             -

                 72,759

                  72,759

             228

Family Court and Federal Circuit Court

               158,575

                       874

               159,449

             789

Federal Court of Australia

                 99,045

                   5,250

               104,295

             425

High Court of Australia

                 18,829

                            -

                  18,829

               82

Australian Financial Security Authority

                 97,787

                 25,158

               122,945

             420

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

                 13,374

                            -

                  13,374

               80

Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

                 85,244

                            -

                  85,244

             423

Office of Parliamentary Counsel

                 21,688

                            -

                  21,688

             113

Australia Council

               220,903

                            -

               220,903

             124

Australian Film, Television and Radio School

                 30,972

                            -

                  30,972

             150

Australian National Maritime Museum

                 33,149

                            -

                  33,149

             115

National Film and Sound Archive

                 28,592

                            -

                  28,592

             211

National Gallery of Australia

                 58,328

                            -

                  58,328

             245

National Library of Australia

                 73,175

                            -

                  73,175

             434

National Museum of Australia

                 47,915

                            -

                  47,915

             221

National Portrait Gallery of Australia

                 13,482

                            -

                  13,482

               59

Screen Australia

               110,681

                            -

               110,681

             112

National Archives of Australia

                 65,930

                            -

                  65,930

             429

Old Parliament House

                 13,964

                   2,484

                  16,448

               72

Bundanon Trust

 *

 *

 *

               19

Australia Business Arts Foundation Limited

 *

 *

 *

               33

PORTFOLIO (1)

3,486,029

1,052,249

4,538,278

15,762

Source: Department of Finance. 2013-14 Budget updated for machinery of government changes.
(1) As individual entity resourcing includes inter-agency transfers and payments, total resourcing for the portfolio may be overstated by this amount.

 

Chart 4.2.1 is a graphical representation of the relative size of bodies within the Attorney-General's Portfolio.


Chart 4.2.1: Attorney-General's

This chart shows the Department and Portfolio agencies, as described above, diagrammatically.

This chart shows the Department and Portfolio agencies, as described above, diagrammatically.