Chief law-enforcement officer of a state and legal adviser to the chief executive. The office dates to the Middle Ages but did not assume its modern form until the 16th century. In the U.S., the position dates to the Judiciary Act of 1789. Head of the Department of Justice and a member of the cabinet, the attorney general oversees all the government's law business and acts as the president's legal adviser. Every U.S. state also has an attorney general.
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The current secretary of the department is Robert Cornall AO and the current Attorney-General is The Hon Robert McClelland MP. The Minister for Home Affairs, who also holds responsibility for the department is The Hon Bob Debus MP.
The department is organized into five groups, each headed by a General Manager. These General Managers report to the Secretary who co-ordinates and devises departmental structure and policy
These five groups are:
The recorded mission statement of the Attorney-General's Department is "achieving a just and secure society". The Charter of the Attorney-General's Department states that "...[the] Department serves the Government, and through it the people of Australia, by providing legal policy advice and law-related services covering criminal, civil and family law, judicial administration, human rights, information and security law, international law, legislative drafting, legal aid and family services, bankruptcy administration and community protection."
The Department's responsibilities also include administering:
The Department's stated values include integrity, honesty, equity and professional expertise, acting with care and diligence, sensitivity to the needs of their clients, being responsive to Government and alert to public interest considerations, maintaining a close focus on results and a strong commitment to accountability and continuous improvement & treating patrons with courtesy, fairness and respect.