Responsibilities of the government

Federal, state and local

Federal Government

The federal government is responsible for making laws and determining policy in relation to the following areas:
- Banking, Taxation and Currency
- Airports and Air Safety
- Defence
- Foreign Affairs
- Industrial Relations
- Immigration
- Postal Services
- Social Services and Pensions
-Telecommunications and Broadcasting
- Trade

Areas of responsibility of State government

Agriculture
Education
Electricity and gas supplies
Health
Housing
Law and order
Local government
Main roads
Public transport
Water

Local

Local councils are concerned with matters close to our homes, such as building regulations and development, public health, local roads and footpaths, parks and playing fields, libraries, local environmental issues, waste disposal, and many community services.
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