Federation Maps and Fact Sheets for Australia
- A Federation since 1901
- Official Website of the federal government of Australia
|Official name||Commonwealth of Australia|
|Population||20,264,082 (2006 est.)|
- Six states: New South Wales; Queensland; Tasmania; Victoria; Western Australia; South Australia.
- Two self-governing territories: Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory.
- Dependent areas: Ashmore and Cartier Islands; Christmas Island; Keeling Islands; Coral Sea Islands; Heard Island; Jervis Bay; McDonald Islands; Norfolk Island. Australia also has treaty responsibility for part of Antarctica.
Constitutional distribution of powers
- The Constitution of Australia, in particular:
- Powers of the Parliament (Chapter I, Part V, sections 51 and 52)
- The states (Chapter V)
- Federal: Bicameral Parliament composed of the Senate and the House of Representatives. The Senate is composed of 76 senators, twelve from each of the six states and two from each of the mainland Territories; the senators are directly elected by the people.
- States/territories: Five of the six states have a bicameral Parliament.
- Websites of state and territorial legislatures, from official Websites of governments of states and territories
Other links of interest
- Council of Australian Governments
- An intergovernmental forum which comprises notably the Prime Minister and the State Premiers/Territory Chief Ministers.