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.

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Wangkangurru Land Claim No. 156

Report of the former Aboriginal Land Commissioner, the Hon Peter R A Gray AM, to the Minister for Indigenous Affairs and to the Administrator of the Northern Territory.

The Wangkangurru Land Claim No 156 was a claim made under section 50 of the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 (Cth) (the Land Rights Act).

COAG Investigation into Indigenous land administration and use

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) announced on 10 October 2014 that it would conduct an urgent investigation into Indigenous land administration and use, to enable traditional owners to readily attract private sector investment and finance to develop their own land with new industries...

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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.