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.
Departments are established and abolished through an Order in Council made under section 10 of the Public Administration Act 2004.
The following are the current departments, established from 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
Administrative 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 at July 2017.
- Environmental Protection Authority
- Family Safety Victoria
- Latrobe Valley Authority
- Level Crossing Removal Authority
- Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate
- Office of Projects Victoria
- Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel
- Office of the Governor
- Office of the Victorian Government Architect
- Melbourne Metro Rail Authority
- North East Link Authority
- Public Record Office Victoria
- Safer Care Victoria
- Victorian Agency for Health Information
- Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office
- Western Distributor Authority
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, or by reference in other establishing legislation.
The following are the offices and authorities led by a person designated to have the functions of a public service body head as at July 2017.
- Court Services Victoria
- Emergency Services Superannuation Board
- Essential Services Commission
- Commission for Children and Young People
- Game Management Authority
- Independent Broad-based Anti Corruption Commission (IBAC)
- Infrastructure Victoria
- Office of Public Prosecutions
- Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability
- Office of the Legal Services Commissioner
- Office of the Ombudsman Victoria
- Office of the Road Safety Camera Commissioner
- Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner
- Office of the Victorian Inspectorate
- Office of the Victorian Electoral Commission
- Taxi Services Commission
- Victoria Police (Public Service staff)
- Victorian Auditor General’s Office
- Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation
- Victorian Environmental Water Holder
- Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission
- Victorian Fisheries Authority
- Victorian Multicultural Commission
- Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation
Section 37(1) of Public Administration Act establishes the Victorian Public Sector Commission (VPSC) and section 4 defines VPSC as a public service body.
For further information about the Victorian Public Sector Commission, see Part 4 of the Public Administration Act.
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.
Public entities include statutory authorities, state owned enterprises, state owned corporations and formally constituted advisory boards. At July 2017 there were 3,781 public entities. Around half employ staff and the vast majority comprise volunteer members.
For further information on public entity boards and their membership visit Public Board Appointments Victoria or see Chapter 5 of the State of the Public Sector in Victoria Report.
For further information about departments, offices and authorities, and public entities see Chapter 1 of the State of the Public Sector in Victoria Report.
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 Victims of Crime Commissioner
- office of the Health Complaints Commissioner
- office of the Ombudsman
- Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner
- 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, see section 6 of the Public Administration Act.