Government of Western Australia

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Her Majesty's Government in Western Australia
Coat of arms of Western Australia.svg
Coat of arms of the State of Western Australia, used for formal and ceremonial purposes.
Australian stateWestern Australia
Legislative branch
LegislatureParliament of Western Australia;
Meeting placeParliament House
Executive branch
Main organExecutive Council
Meeting placeParliament House
Judicial branch
CourtSupreme Court

The Government of Western Australia, formally referred to as Her Majesty's Government of Western Australia, is the Australian state democratic administrative authority of Western Australia. It is also commonly referred to as the WA Government or the Western Australian Government. The Government of Western Australia, a parliamentary constitutional monarchy, was formed in 1890 as prescribed in its Constitution, as amended from time to time. Since the Federation of Australia in 1901, Western Australia has been a state of the Commonwealth of Australia, and the Constitution of Australia regulates its relationship with the Commonwealth. Under the Australian Constitution, Western Australia ceded legislative and judicial supremacy to the Commonwealth, but retained powers in all matters not in conflict with the Commonwealth.

Executive and judicial powers[edit]

Western Australia is governed according to the principles of the Westminster system, a form of parliamentary government based on the model of the United Kingdom. Legislative power rests with the Parliament of Western Australia, which consists of The Queen, represented by the Governor of Western Australia, and the two Houses, the Western Australian Legislative Council (the upper house) and the Western Australian Legislative Assembly (the lower house). Executive power rests formally with the Executive Council, which consists of the Governor and senior ministers.[citation needed]

The Governor, as representative of the Crown, is the formal repository of power, which is exercised by him or her on the advice of the Premier of Western Australia and the Cabinet. The Premier and Ministers are appointed by the Governor, and hold office by virtue of their ability to command the support of a majority of members of the Legislative Assembly. Judicial power is exercised by the Supreme Court of Western Australia and a system of subordinate courts, but the High Court of Australia and other federal courts have overriding jurisdiction on matters which fall under the ambit of the Australian Constitution.


Ministries as at 17 March 2017:

The following individuals serve as government ministers, at the pleasure of the Queen, represented by the Governor of Western Australia. The government cabinet and ministers are listed,[1] while the shadow minister are listed against their opposing portfolio, to the best possible match.[2] All ministers and shadow ministers are members of the Parliament of Western Australia.

Minister Office Portrait Party Opposition
Office Portrait Party
Mark McGowan Premier
Minister for Public Sector Management
Minister for State Development
Minister for Jobs and Trade
Minister for Federal-State Relations
Mark McGowan headshot.jpg   Labor Mike Nahan Leader of the Opposition
Shadow Minister for Public Sector Management
Shadow Minister for State Development
Shadow Minister for Jobs and Trade
Shadow Minister for Federal-State Relations
Roger Cook Deputy Premier
Minister for Health
Minister for Mental Health
3 Feb 15 FREO FSH gnangarra-123.jpg   Labor Liza Harvey Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Shadow Minister for Transport
Shadow Minister for Planning
Shadow Minister for Lands
Sue Ellery Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery.jpg   Labor Donna Faragher Shadow Minister for Education and Training
Shadow Minister for Women's Interests
Donna Faragher1.jpg   Liberal
Stephen Dawson Minister for the Environment
Minister for Disability Services
Stephen Dawson.jpg   Labor Bill Marmion Shadow Minister for Health
Shadow Minister for Mental Health
Michelle Roberts Minister for Police
Minister for Road Safety
  Labor Peter Katsambanis Shadow Minister for Police
Shadow Minister for Road Safety
Shadow Minister for Corrective Service
Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations
Alannah MacTiernan Minister for Regional Development
Minister for Agriculture and Food
Minister assisting the Minister for State Development
Minister for Jobs and Trades
Alannah MacTiernan in 2009.jpg   Labor Ian Blayney Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Food
Shadow Minister for Forestry
Shadow Minister for Fisheries
Fran Logan Minister for Emergency Services
Minister for Corrective Services
Fran Logan (cropped).jpg   Labor Ken Baston Shadow Minister for Emergency Services   Liberal
David Templeman Minister for Local Government
Minister for Heritage
Minister for Culture and The Arts
  Labor Tony Krsticevic Shadow Minister for Local Government
Shadow Minister for Heritage
Shadow Minister for Culture and the Arts
Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Interests
John Quigley Attorney General   Labor Michael Mischin Shadow Attorney General
Shadow Minister for Commerce
Mick Murray Minister for Seniors and Ageing
Minister for Volunteering
Minister for Sport and Recreation
  Labor John McGrath Shadow Minister for Racing and Gaming
Shadow Minister for Sport and Recreation
Ben Wyatt Treasurer
Minister for Finance
Minister for Energy
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
  Labor Dean Nalder Shadow Treasurer
Shadow Minister for Finance
Shadow Minister for Energy
Paul Papalia Minister for Tourism
Minister for Racing and Gaming
Minister for Small Business
Minister for Defence Issues
Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Interests
  Labor Sean L'Estrange Shadow Minister for Mines and Petroleum
Shadow Minister for Economic Development
Shadow Minister for Defence Issues
Shadow Minister for Innovation and ICT
Shadow Minister for Science
Bill Johnston Minister for Mines and Petroleum
Minister for Commerce and Industrial Relations
Minister for Electoral Affairs
Minister for Asian Engagement
  Labor Kyran O'Donnell Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs   Liberal
Rita Saffioti Minister for Transport
Minister for Planning
Minister for Lands
  Labor Libby Mettam Shadow Minister for Tourism
Shadow Minister for Small Business
Peter Tinley Minister for Housing
Minister for Veterans Issues
Minister for Youth
Peter Tinley.jpg   Labor Peter Collier Shadow Minister for Housing
Shadow Minister for Disability Services
Simone McGurk Minister for Child Protection
Minister for Women's Interests
Minister for Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence
Minister for Community Services
3 Feb 15 FREO FSH gnangarra-120.jpg   Labor Nick Goiran Shadow Minister for Child Protection
Shadow Minister for Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence
Dave Kelly Minister for Water
Minister for Fisheries
Minister for Forestry
Minister for Innovation and ICT
Minister for Science
Dave Kelly.jpg   Labor Jim Chown Shadow Minister for Regional Development
Shadow Minister for Royalties for Regions

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Western Australian Government Ministry". Premier of Western Australia & Cabinet Ministers. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Current Members". Retrieved 8 May 2017.

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