Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C)

PM&C has unique responsibilities and a privileged role. Our principal function is to provide high‑quality policy advice to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet on matters that are at the forefront of public and government administration, including domestic and international affairs and, in particular, the implications of proposals for Commonwealth-State relations.

The Department briefs the Prime Minister, the Cabinet Secretary, and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, and consults extensively across the Australian Public Service (APS) to ensure that the advice provided draws on the most appropriate sources.

Latest Updates

Empowered Communities Report

The Australian Government has received the Empowered Communities report. The report is the joint effort of a group of Indigenous leaders from across Australia brought together by the Jawun Indigenous Partnerships Corporation.

Parliamentary Information

2015 Autumn Sittings of Parliament: Week 3 (02 - 05 March)

Upcoming Events


  • 03 Apr : Good Friday
  • 06 Apr : Easter Monday


  • 12 May to 14 May : Senate and House of Representatives
  • 25 May to 28 May : House of Representatives only


  • 01 Jun to 04 Jun : House of Representatives only
  • 08 Jun : Queen's Birthday
  • 15 Jun to 18 Jun : Senate and House of Representatives
  • 22 Jun to 25 Jun : Senate and House of Representatives

Reform of the Federation White Paper

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Issues papers provide an overview of key issues and, rather than propose new ideas, set out high level areas the White Paper will consider. This issues paper examines the arrangements and institutions underpinning Australia’s Federation, including the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) and financial arrangements between the Commonwealth and the States and Territories. It asks questions to prompt discussion on possible options for reform.

PM&C Careers

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PM&C attracts high calibre individuals who seek to participate in decision making at the heart of the nation.

Australian Honours

The Honours, Symbols and Territories Branch of PM&C provides information on the Australian Honours system and our national symbols.