Direct Responsibility for conducting National Affairs:
• Defence and Foreign Affairs
• Trade, Commerce and Currency
• Mostly Social Services and Pensions
• Aged Care
• Telecommunications and Broadcasting
• Air Travel
Indirect Funding Responsibility to the States and Territories for:
• Industrial Issues
To understand how our governments work, visit this SBS resource.
The Australian Constitution sets out the responsibilities of different levels of government, as well as the frameworks for how our governments function.