Government of South Australia

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Government of South Australia
State Government
Government of South Australia logo.svg South Australian Coat of Arms.svg
Formation
Founding document Constitution of South Australia
StateFlag of South Australia.svg  South Australia
CountryFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Website sa.gov.au
Crown
Head of state (sovereign) Monarch (Queen)
Vice-regal representative Governor
Seat Government House
Legislative branch
Legislature Parliament of South Australia
Meeting place Parliament House
Executive branch
Head of government Premier
Main body Cabinet of South Australia
Appointer Governor on behalf of the Queen of Australia in right of the State of South Australia.
HeadquartersState Administration Centre
200 Victoria Square
Main organExecutive Council of South Australia
Departments15 departments
Judicial branch
Court Supreme Court
SeatSupreme Court building, Adelaide

The Government of South Australia, also referred to as the South Australian Government, SA Government or Her Majesty’s Government is the Australian state democratic administrative authority of South Australia. The Government of South Australia, a parliamentary constitutional monarchy, was formed in 1856 as prescribed in its Constitution, as amended from time to time. Since the Federation of Australia in 1901, South Australia has been a state of the Commonwealth of Australia, and the Constitution of Australia regulates its relationship with the Commonwealth. Under the Australian Constitution, South Australia ceded legislative and judicial supremacy to the Commonwealth, but retained powers in all matters not in conflict with the Commonwealth.

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Legislative powers

Legislative power rests with the Parliament of South Australia, which consists of the House of Assembly and the Legislative Council, with general elections held every four years. [1] At these fixed four yearly elections the whole Assembly is up for re-election and half of the Council is, the only exception is after a double dissolution held in accordance with Section 41 of the state Constitution, after which the whole Assembly and Council are up for re-election. [2] Unlike the federal double dissolution procedure, the SA double dissolution procedure can only be used if the same bill, or much the same bill, has been twice rejected by the Council, after being introduced by the Assembly, with the two rejections separated by a general election. [2]

Executive and judicial powers

South Australia is governed according to the principles of the Westminster system, a form of parliamentary government based on the model of the United Kingdom.

Executive power rests formally with the executive council, which consists of the governor and senior ministers. In practice, executive power is exercised by the premier of South Australia and the cabinet, who are appointed by the governor, but who hold office by virtue of their ability to command the support of a majority of members of the House of Assembly.

Judicial power is exercised by the Supreme Court of South Australia and a system of subordinate courts, but the High Court of Australia and other federal courts have overriding jurisdiction on matters which fall under the ambit of the Australian constitution.

Current ministry

The current ministry of the South Australian Government comprises the following Liberal members: [3] [4] [5]

MinisterPortfolioParty affiliationShadow MinisterPortfolioParty affiliation
The Hon. Steven Marshall MHA PremierMarshall2018.jpg Liberal Peter Malinauskas MHA Peter Malinauskas (cropped).png Labor
The Hon. Tom Koutsantonis MHA Tom Koutsantonis.jpg
  • Shadow Minister for Government Accountability
Labor
The Hon. Kyam Maher MLC No image.png
  • Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
Labor
The Hon. Zoe Bettison MHA No image.png
  • Shadow Minister for Tourism
  • Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs
Labor
Katrine Hildyard MHA No image.png
  • Shadow Minister for Arts
Labor
Blair Boyer MHA No image.png
  • Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Labor
The Hon. Vickie Chapman MHA Chapman2018.jpg LiberalThe Hon. Dr. Susan Close MHA Susan Close MP during 2018 election campaign.jpg
  • Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Labor
Andrea Michaels MHA No image.png
  • Shadow Minister for Planning
  • Shadow Minister for Consumer and Business Affairs
Labor
The Hon. Kyam Maher MLC No image.png
  • Shadow Attorney-General
Labor
The Hon. Emily Bourke MLC No image.png
  • Shadow Minister for Local Government
  • Shadow Minister for the City of Adelaide
Labor
The Hon. Rob Lucas MLC Lucas2018.jpg LiberalThe Hon. Stephen Mullighan MHA Stephen Mullighan.jpg
  • Shadow Treasurer
Labor
Andrea Michaels MHA No image.png
  • Shadow Minister for Housing
  • Shadow Minister for Urban Development
Labor
The Hon. Kyam Maher MLC No image.png
  • Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector
Labor
The Hon. Dan van Holst Pellekaan MHA Van Holst Pellekaan.jpg
  • Minister for Energy and Mining
LiberalThe Hon. Tom Koutsantonis MHA Tom Koutsantonis.jpg
  • Shadow Minister for Mining and Energy
Labor
The Hon. John Gardner MHA John Gardner, South Australia, 2018.jpg
  • Minister for Education
LiberalBlair Boyer MHA No image.png
  • Shadow Minister for Education
Labor
The Hon. Dr. Susan Close MHA Susan Close MP during 2018 election campaign.jpg
  • Shadow Minister for Higher Education
Labor
The Hon. Michelle Lensink MLC Michelle Lensink.jpg
  • Minister for Human Services
Liberal Nat Cook MHA Nat Cook MP.jpg
  • Shadow Minister for Human Services
Labor
Katrine Hildyard MHA No image.png
  • Shadow Minister for Women
Labor
The Hon. David Pisoni MHA Pisoni.jpg
  • Minister for Innovation and Skills
LiberalPeter Malinauskas MHA Peter Malinauskas (cropped).png
  • Shadow Minister for Jobs
Labor
Blair Boyer MHA No image.png
  • Shadow Minister for Training and Skills
Labor
The Hon. Dr. Susan Close MHA Susan Close MP during 2018 election campaign.jpg
  • Shadow Minister for Industry
Labor
Andrea Michaels MHA No image.png
  • Shadow Minister for Small and Family Business
Labor
The Hon. Stephen Wade MLC Wade2018.jpg
  • Minister for Health and Wellbeing
Liberal Chris Picton MHA No image.png
  • Shadow Minister for Health and Wellbeing
Labor
The Hon. Rachel Sanderson MHA Rachel Sanderson, South Australia, 2018.jpg
  • Minister for Child Protection
LiberalKatrine Hildyard MHA No image.png
  • Shadow Minister for Child Protection
  • Shadow Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
Labor
The Hon. Corey Wingard MHA Wingard.jpg
  • Minister for Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
  • Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing
LiberalThe Hon. Tom Koutsantonis MHA Tom Koutsantonis.jpg
  • Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
Labor
Katrine Hildyard MHA No image.png
  • Shadow Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing
Labor
The Hon. David Speirs MHA Speirs.jpg
  • Minister for Environment and Water
LiberalThe Hon. Dr. Susan Close MHA Susan Close MP during 2018 election campaign.jpg
  • Shadow Minister for Environment and Water
  • Shadow Minister for Climate Change
Labor
The Hon. Vincent Tarzia MHA No image.png
  • Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services
Liberal Lee Odenwalder MHA No image.png
  • Shadow Minister for Police and Road Safety
  • Shadow Minister for Emergency Services
  • Shadow Minister for Correctional Services
Labor
The Hon. David Basham MLC No image.png
  • Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development
LiberalThe Hon. Clare Scriven MLC No image.png
  • Shadow Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development
  • Shadow Minister for Forestry
Labor
The Hon. Stephen Patterson MHA Stephen Patterson MP - Full Length.jpg
  • Minister for Trade and Investment
LiberalThe Hon. Zoe Bettison MHA No image.png
  • Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment
Labor

Government agencies

The South Australian Government delivers services, determines policy and regulations, including legal interpretation, by a number of agencies grouped under areas of portfolio responsibility. Each portfolio is led by a government minister who is a member of the Parliament. As of March 2020 there were 28 government departments and agencies listed on sa.gov.au, being: [6]

A range of other agencies support the functions of these departments.

Brands

Government business enterprises

See also

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References

  1. Constitution Act 1934 (SA) s.4
  2. 1 2 "Constitution Act 1934 - SECT 41". www8.austlii.edu.au. Australasian Legal Information Institute. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  3. "The Ministry" (PDF). Retrieved 17 July 2021.
  4. "Ministerial Order of Precedence" (PDF). Retrieved 17 July 2021.
  5. "South Australian Shadow Cabinet Updates" (PDF). Retrieved 17 July 2021.
  6. "Government". SA.GOV.AU. 28 January 2020. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  7. "Home". Government of South Australia. Attorney General's Department. 25 March 2020. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  8. 1 2 "Organisation". Environment Protection Authority. Retrieved 25 March 2020. Note link to document behind "Environment and Water Portfolio", showing an organisational structure chart: Environment & Conservation Portfolio as at 22 April 2018. Green Industries SA, EPA and DEW all report to the Minister.
  9. "Home". Department for Energy and Mining. 24 March 2020. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  10. "About Green Industries SA". Green Industries SA. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  11. "Home". South Australia. Department for Innovation and Skills. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  12. "About". Legal Services Commission of SA. 25 March 2020. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  13. "About SA Health". SA Health. 30 May 2017. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  14. "ForestrySA Corporate Overview". ForestrySA. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  15. "About us". SA Water. Retrieved 18 August 2015.