Machinery of Government refers to the allocation of functions and responsibilities between departments and ministers. In Victoria, these matters are the sole responsibility of the Premier.

Index:

Departments
Administrative Offices
Persons with Functions of Public Service Body Head
Victorian Public Sector Commission
Public Entities
Declared Authorities
Special Bodies


Departments

Departments are established and abolished through an Order in Council made under section 10 of the Public Administration Act 2004.

The following are the Departments as at January 2015:

  • Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
  • Department of Education and Training
  • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Justice and Regulation
  • Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • Department of Treasury and Finance

For further information about Departments, go to section 10 of the Public Administration Act.

Administrative Offices

Administrative Offices are an established Victorian Public Service form.

Offices are established and abolished through Orders under section 11 of the Public Administration Act and each is established in relation to a Department.

The following are the current Administrative Offices.

  • Environmental Protection Authority
  • Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate
  • Moving Victoria – Rail Office
  • Moving Victoria – Road Office
  • Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel
  • Office of the Governor
  • Public Record Office Victoria
  • Regional Rail Link Authority
  • Victorian Government Architect
  • Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office

For further information about Administrative Offices, go to section 11 of the Public Administration Act.

Persons with Functions of Public Service Body Head

Persons other than Heads of Departments and Administrative Offices with the functions of a public service body Head in relation to employees are listed in section 16 of the Public Administration Act.

This list may be supplemented by orders made under section 16(3) and published in the Orders section of this register.

For further information about Persons other than Heads of Departments and Administrative Offices with the functions of a public service body Head, go to section 16 of the Public Administration Act.

Victorian Public Sector Commission

Section 37(1) of Public Administration Act establishes the Victorian Public Sector Commission (the VPSC) and section 4 defines the VPSC as a public service body.

Public Entities

Public entities are defined in section 5 of the Public Administration Act. An Order in Council under section 5(2) or (3) may determine application of that definition in relation to a particular body or class of body.

For further information about Public Entities, go to section 5 of the Public Administration Act.

Declared Authorities

The Public Administration Act provides for some public entities to be declared authorities through an Order in Council.

  • Assistant Commissioners of Police
  • Building Control Commissioner
  • Cenitex (Establishment of declared authority)
  • Chairman, Country Fire Authority
  • Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation
  • Chief Executive Officer, Zoological Parks and Gardens Board
  • Chief Executive, EcoRecycle Victoria
  • Chief Executive, Public Transport Corporation
  • Chief Executive, Roads Corporation (trading as VicRoads)
  • Deputy Chairman, Country Fire Authority
  • Director of Housing
  • Director of the Board of Management and Chief Executive of the Victorian WorkCover Authority
  • Director of the Council of Adult Education
  • Director, Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Director, Victoria State Emergency Service
  • Film Victoria
  • Managing Director, Cinemedia
  • Managing Director, Victoria Legal Aid
  • Marine Board of Victoria
  • Museum of Victoria
  • National Gallery of Victoria
  • Public Transport Corporation
  • Roads Corporation
  • Staff employed under Section 5 of the Education Act 1958
  • State Library of Victoria
  • State Owned Enterprise for Irrigation Modernisation in Northern Victoria
  • Teaching Service established under the Teaching Service Act 1981
  • The Australian Centre for the Moving Image
  • Victoria Legal Aid
  • Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine
  • Victorian Transport Service established under the Transport Act 1983

For further information about Declared Authorities, go to section 104 of the Public Administration Act.

Special Bodies

Special Bodies are defined in section 6 of the Public Administration Act and created under separate legislation. To date, no instruments have been made under section 6 of the Public Administration Act to amend the number of Special Bodies.

Section 6 lists the following entities as Special Bodies.

  • Departments of the Parliament of Victoria
  • Electoral Boundaries Commission
  • Mental Health Complaints Commissioner
  • Mental Health Tribunal
  • Office of the Commissioner for Privacy and Data Protection
  • Freedom of Information Commissioner
  • Office of the Health Services Commissioner
  • Office of the Ombudsman
  • Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)
  • Victorian Auditor-General’s Office
  • Victorian Electoral Commission
  • Victoria Police
  • Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (see section 43(1), Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission Act 2011)
  • The Commission for Children and Young People (see section 83(1), Commission for Children and Young People Act 2012
  • The Office of the Freedom of Information Commissioner (see section 50 of the Freedom of Information Amendment (Freedom of Information Commissioner) Act 2012)
  • The Victorian Inspectorate (see section 9 of the Victorian Inspectorate Act 2011).

For further information about Special Bodies, go to section 6 of the Public Administration Act.