Legal issues and the Attorney-General's portfolio - introduction

Budget Review 2009-10 Index

Budget 2009 10: Legal issues and the Attorney-General's portfolio


Roy Jordan

The Attorney-General’s portfolio is responsible for legal issues, such as Commonwealth courts and prosecutions, the Australian Federal Police, aspects of national security, customs and border control, as well as coordination of emergency services and responsibility for Commonwealth territories.

According to Budget Paper no. 1, the Attorney-General’s portfolio will experience an estimated decline in staff of 300 (from 18 947 to 18 647), with the Department dropping in number by 159 (from 1 478 to 1 319).[1]

[1].    Australian Government, Budget strategy and outlook: budget paper no. 1 2009–10, Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra, p. 6–66, viewed 18 May 2009,