About the Department

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.  By looking over the horizon to the challenges and opportunities of the coming years, our high‑level strategic advice further supports the government in taking all relevant factors into account to make the best possible decisions. 

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.

In line with the Prime Minister’s expectations, PM&C is also assuming a stronger role in driving policy development and innovation and ensuring delivery of high‑priority initiatives across the APS, in pursuit of the government’s objectives.

In addition to its work in policy advice, innovation, coordination and implementation, it is the role of the Department:

  • to ensure that policy proposals put to the Prime Minister, other ministers in the portfolio, and to Cabinet are developed in a coherent, informed and coordinated fashion.
  • where appropriate, to coordinate and monitor implementation and delivery of Government decisions, policies and priorities, recognising that ministers are responsible individually for the administration of their departments and collectively for matters decided by Cabinet.
  • to support the Prime Minister and the Government to manage the business of government in an efficient, effective and coordinated manner.
  • to provide administrative support to the Prime Minister, the Cabinet Secretary, the Cabinet and its committees.
  • to coordinate and facilitate government administration, intergovernmental relations and communications with State and Territory Governments.

Further administrative and support services include:

  • advice on government and parliamentary policy matters such as Cabinet processes, accountability and the management of the public service;
  • development and coordination of the Government’s legislative program,
  • assistance to the Leader of the House and the Manager of Government Business in the Senate in programming government business in Parliament,
  • a secretariat to the Executive Council;
  • coordination and arrangements for government hospitality and official ceremonial occasions;
  • advice on the maintenance and restoration of official residences; and
  • support for the Prime Minister and his family.
Last Updated: 11 October 2013