Cocos (Keeling) Islands: Government#

Country nameconventional long form: Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands
conventional short form: Cocos (Keeling) Islands
CapitalWest Island West Island
geographic coordinates: 12 10 S, 96 50 E
time difference: UTC+6.5 (11.5 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
Dependency statusnon-self governing territory of Australia; administered from Canberra by the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport
Administrative divisionsnone (territory of Australia)
Constitution23 November 1955 (Cocos (Keeling) Islands Act 1955); amended many times, last in 2010 (2010)
Executive branchchief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952) represented by the Australian governor general
head of government: Administrator (nonresident) Jon STANHOPE (since 5 October 2012)
cabinet: NA
elections: the monarchy is hereditary; governor general appointed by the monarch on the recommendation of the Australian prime minister; administrator appointed by the governor general of Australia for a two-year term and represents the monarch and Australia
Flag descriptionthe flag of Australia is used
Independencenone (territory of Australia)
Judicial branchhighest court(s): under the terms of the Territorial Law Reform Act 1992, Western Australia provides court services as needed for the island including the Supreme Court and subordinate courts (District Court, Magistrate Court, Family Court, Children's Court, and Coroners' Court)
judge selection and term of office: NA
subordinate courts: NA
Legal systemcommon law based on the Australian model
Legislative branchunicameral Cocos (Keeling) Islands Shire Council (7 seats)
elections: held every two years with half the members standing for election; last held in October 2011 (next to be held in October 2013)
International organization participationnone
National holidayAustralia Day, 26 January (1788)
Political pressure groups and leadersThe Cocos Islands Youth Support Centre
Political parties and leadersnone
Suffrage18 years of age
Government typeNA
Diplomatic representation in the USnone (territory of Australia)
National anthemnote: as a territory of Australia, "Advance Australia Fair" remains official as the national anthem, while "God Save the Queen" serves as the royal anthem (see Australia)
Diplomatic representation from the USnone (territory of Australia)