The Solicitor General was appointed under the provisions of the Solicitor General Act, 1969 (Act No.80, 1969) (1).
The Solicitor General acts as Senior Counsel for the Crown in the High Court of Australia and other courts, and advises the Attorney General on civil and criminal matters, including issues of constitutional law (2). Under the Act the Solicitor General has the authority to exercise and discharge any functions conferred on the Attorney General by or under any Act on incident by law to the office of Attorney General, if the Attorney General is for any reason unable to exercise and discharge his function (3).
From 1 July 2009 when the Attorney General's Department was abolished the Solicitor General became a branch of the new Principal Department, the Department of Justice and Attorney General. (4)
From 4 April 2011 when the name of the Department of Justice and Attorney General was changed the Solicitor General became a branch of the Department of Attorney General and Justice. (5)
Footnotes and References:
(1) Solicitor General Act, 1969.
(2) NSW Government Directory 2000.
(3) Attorney General's Department Annual Report for the year ended 30 June 1987.
(4) Public Sector Employment and Management (Departmental Amalgamations) Order 2009 (2009 No 352) cls. 20; notified on NSW Legislation website, 27 July 2009.
(5) Public Sector Employment and Management (Departments) Order 2011 (2011 No 184) cls. 36; notified on NSW Legislation website, 3 April 2011.