Department of Finance (Australia)

This article is about the present-day Australian Government Department of Finance. For the defunct Australian Government Department of Finance that existed between 1976 and 1997, see Department of Finance (1976–1997).
Department of Finance

The John Gorton building, head office of the Department of Finance, in Parkes, ACT.
Department overview
Formed 18 September 2013 (2013-09-18)[1]
Preceding Department
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Headquarters King Edward Terrace, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory
Ministers responsible
Department executives
Child agencies

The Australian Department of Finance is a department of the Government of Australia that is charged with the responsibility of assisting the government across a wide range of policy areas to ensure its outcomes are met, particularly with regard to expenditure, financial management, and the operations of government.

The head of the department is the Secretary of the Department of Finance, presently Jane Halton PSM, who reports to the Minister for Finance and Special Minister of State, presently Senator the Hon. Mathias Cormann. He is assisted in his administration of the department by the Assistant Minister for Finance and Assistant Cabinet Secretary, presently Dr Peter Hendy MP.

The head office of the department is located in the John Gorton building on King Edward Terrace, in the Canberra suburb of Parkes, in the Australian Capital Territory.


The Department of Finance was formed by way of an Administrative Arrangements Order issued on 18 September 2013[2] and replaced the functions previously performed by the former Department of Finance and Deregulation.[3][4][5] In an earlier reconstruction, the department was called the Department of Finance and Administration.

Operational activities

In the 18 September 2013 Administrative Arrangements Order, the functions of the department were broadly classified into the following matters:[2]

See also


  1. CA 9435: Department of Finance [II], National Archives of Australia, retrieved 19 December 2013
  2. 1 2 "Administrative Arrangements Order" (PDF). Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Commonwealth of Australia. 18 September 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  3. Packham, Ben (18 September 2013). "Tony Abbott puts broom through bureaucracy". The Australian. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  4. Tony Abbott (18 September 2013). "The Coalition will restore strong, stable and accountable government". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (Press release). Canberra, Australia: Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  5. Wilson, Lauren (19 September 2013). "Coalition carves up the public service". The Australian. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
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