Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (Australia)
|Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet|
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in Barton, Australian Capital Territory
|Employees||771 (estimate for averaging staffing level for 2013-14)|
|Annual budget||A$140.7 million (2007/08)|
|Minister responsible||Tony Abbott, Prime Minister|
|Agency executive||Dr Ian Watt AO, Secretary|
|Child agencies||Official Secretary to the Governor-General of Australia
Australian Public Service Commission
Office of National Assessments
Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security
The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) is an Australian Government department. The Department was first established in 1911 (it was then known as the Prime Minister's Department; the later title was created in 1971). Its role is to ensure that policy proposals put to the Prime Minister and to Cabinet are developed in a coherent, informed and coordinated fashion, to co-ordinate the implementation of key government programs, to support official visits, ceremonies and state occasions and, to manage the operations of the official residences. The responsibilities of the Department are considerably wider than in most other Westminster systems, although the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in New Zealand has similar responsibilities.
Information about the department's functions and/or government funding allocation could be found in the Administrative Arrangements Orders, the annual Portfolio Budget Statements, in the department's annual reports and on the departmental website.
The Department is organised into a Cabinet Division, an Economic Division, an Industry, Infrastructure and Environment Division, an International Division, a National Security Division, a Social Policy Division and a People, Resources and Communications Division and numerous Task Forces to deal with particular problems. The Secretary of the Department, currently Dr Ian Watt, is the equivalent of the Cabinet Secretary in Britain or the Clerk of the Privy Council in Canada. The acting National Security Advisor is Dr Margot McCarthy.
- Advice to the Prime Minister across Government on policy and implementation
- Assistance to the Prime Minister in managing the Cabinet program
- National security policy co-ordination
- Counter terrorism policy co-ordination
- Cyber policy co-ordination
- Intergovernmental relations and communications with State and Territory Governments
- Co-ordination of Government administration
- Australian Government employment workplace relations policy, including equal employment opportunity and administration of the framework for agreement making and remuneration and conditions
- Australian honours and symbols policy
- Government ceremonial and hospitality
- Commonwealth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander policy, programs and service delivery
- Promotion of reconciliation
- Native Title
- Community development employment projects
- Reducing the burden of government regulation
- Women’s policies and programs
Before 1911, the Prime Minister had no department of his own as such. The Prime Minister was concurrently the Minister for External Affairs, and used the services of the Department of External Affairs.
On 1 July 1911, the Prime Minister's Department was created.
On 11 March 1968, a separate Department of the Cabinet Office was created.
On 12 March 1971, these two departments were merged to create the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Head of Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Like other Prime Minister's office in the Commonwealth, the Prime Minister's Office has Chief of Staff. The office holder is also the head of the Cabinet.
National Security Advisor of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
The post of National Security Advisor was formed in December 2008.
|MAJGEN Duncan Lewis, AO, DSC, CSC (Ret'd)||2008–2011||Currently serving as the Secretary of the (Australian) Department of Defence|
|Dr Margot McCarthy||2011 - Incumbent||Acting|
- Australian Government. "Budget Paper No. 1". 2013-14 Commonwealth Budget. Statement 6: Expenses and Net Capital Investment: Australian Government. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
- "Administrative Arrangements Order" (PDF). Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Commonwealth of Australia. 18 September 2013. Archived from the original on 14 October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013.