Public authority

Glossary topic: 

A government agency or organisation defined as a public authority under Schedule 2 of the Public Records Act 2002 including:

  • Ministers and Assistant Ministers
  • Departments
  • the Governor
  • the Executive Council
  • organisations created by the Governor, a Minister or through legislation
  • commissions of inquiry
  • government owned corporations
  • entities established by the State and a local government
  • officers of the court
  • a rail government entity under the Transport Infrastructure Act 1994
  • local governments.

Note: A public authority can also be referred to as an agency.