Australian Government Organisations Register

Dataset/Register last updated: 12 September 2016

Purpose and Background

The Australian Government Organisations Register (the Register) provides information on the function, composition, origins and other details of 1,218 Australian Government entities and bodies.

The Register is based on information collected from portfolio departments. Also available is a summary of key statistics for the Register PDF document.

The Register allows users to search using key words. For further information on the types of data captured in the Register, please refer to the Guide to Register Fields PDF document.

A complete dataset of bodies and fields Excel spreadsheet in Excel can be downloaded.

Enter the Register link

Updates to the Register

As part of the update, 73 bodies have been removed from the Register as they have been ceased, with the total number of bodies on the Register now 1,218 bodies, heading towards 1,189 once further reductions previously announced by the Government are implemented.

For further information on the movements between the portfolios, please refer to the Register movements webpage

Bodies as at last update (30 November 2015)* 1,254
New bodies created +37
Cessations/consolidations -73
Current number of bodies (as at 12 September 2016) 1,218
Net reduction in bodies the Government is in the process of ceasing or consolidating** -29
Adjusted total 1,189

*As part of the update, a number of bodies have been added to the Register requiring a revision of previous totals.  These are bodies that were in existence prior to the update, but not captured by previous Portfolio data collections. They have been identified through the improved awareness the Register is generating about governance arrangements.The total of 1,254 bodies as at last update (30 November 2015) is a restated total which includes:

  • an additional 72 bodies that portfolio departments advised were in existence, but were not included in prior updates of the Register; and,
  • the removal of 11 bodies which were reclassified. Reclassifications include bodies that have been re-assessed to be internal management bodies.

** These bodies will remain on the Register until they have ceased operations or consolidation has occurred. Further information can be found on each individual body’s page on the Register (for example, see the “National Rural Advisory Council” page).

The Administrative Arrangement Order (AAO) changes announced by the Prime Minister on 1 September 2016 are partially reflected in the Register with the remaining changes to be updated as soon as practical. These (AAO) changes can be found at

Scope of the Register

There are 12 main types of bodies PDF document which are listed in the Register:

  • Principal Australian Government Entity
    • Non-Corporate Commonwealth Entity;
    • Corporate Commonwealth Entity;
    • Commonwealth Company.
  • Secondary Australian Government Entity
    • Advisory Body – Policy and Stakeholder Consultation;
    • Statutory Office Holders, Offices and Committees;
    • Non-Statutory – Function with Separate Branding;
    • Ministerial Councils and related bodies, including those established by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG);
    • Inter-jurisdictional and international bodies.
  • Other Entities
    • Subsidiaries of Corporate Commonwealth Entities and Commonwealth Companies;
    • Joint Ventures, Partnerships and Other Companies;
    • National Law Bodies;
    • Bodies Linked to the Australian Government through Statutory Contracts, Agreements and Delegations.

The Register excludes the following bodies:

  • Internal management, advisory and administration bodies (including Commonwealth officials-only working groups and inter-departmental committees) – many of these are time limited and serve administrative and policy development/co-ordination purposes that are internal to government.
  • The High Court of Australia - it is not a Commonwealth entity due to its status under its enabling legislation.
  • Parliamentary Committees - their creation is controlled by the Parliament rather than the Government.
  • Bodies that have been announced by the Government, but which are not yet established or substantially operational. 

For more information, please contact with your query.

Please note that queries on specific bodies and relationships will be forwarded to the relevant Portfolio for a response.

Last updated: 14 September 2016