The Australian Government Guide to Regulation

The Australian Government Guide to Regulation is intended to be read by every member of the Australian Public Service involved in policy making—from the most junior member of the policy team to the departmental secretary. It provides the context for regulation and encourages policy makers to think about regulatory impact early in the policy process. The principles in this Guide are supplemented by Guidance Notes that provide practical assistance in how they apply.


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

Frequently asked questions and answers: Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) section 64(4) Grant Funding

The ABA section 64(4) Grant Funding round opened on 8 December 2014 and closes at 2pm Australian Central Standard Time on 16 February 2015.  Applications received after the closing time and date will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

WLDS grants

The Women’s Leadership and Development Strategy (WLDS) provides funding and support to organisations aimed at improving gender equality and support for women’s economic empowerment and opportunity, safety and leadership.

Upcoming Events


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  • 01 Jan : New Year's Day
  • 26 Jan : Australia Day holiday


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  • 23 Feb to 26 Feb : House of Representatives only


  • 02 Mar to 05 Mar : Senate and House of Representatives
  • 16 Mar to 19 Mar : Senate and House of Representatives

PM&C has launched its new site!

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PM&C has launched its new site! Tell us what you think.

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.