VIC Australian Law - How is the Federal Executive Chosen?

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Active Member
18 May 2016

I was just a bit confused as to how who is part of the executive branch of the Australian government is chosen?

I know that the party with the greatest number of representatives in the lower house will be the leading party and as such the prime minister can choose a body of individuals to be part of the cabinet, but does that mean the cabinet must all be made of individuals belonging to the leading party?

Also is the executive purely made up of the cabinet or are there other components to it as well? Must all members of the executive belong to the current leading party under Australian Law?

Thankyou so much!

Rob Legat - SBPL

LawTap Verified
16 February 2017
Gold Coast, Queensland
There’s a decent Wikipedia article on the executive, that should answer this for you.

The party controlling the lower house chooses the Cabinet. The opposition forms a shadow Cabinet.

The Wikipedia article has information to answer your last paragraph.