PM&C Centenary: 100 years of serving government
The first official day of operations at PM&C was 1 July 1911 after Prime Minister Andrew Fisher told the Public Service Commissioner “I am of the opinion that the work of the Prime Minister’s office needs a department directly under his control’. The department began with just six staff, who had moved from the Prime Minister’s branch of External Affairs with the Secretary to the Prime Minister, Malcolm Shepherd. PM&C occupied rooms in the Commonwealth Offices in Treasury Gardens, Melbourne.
In the early days, PM&C only performed a small range of tasks and had no policy capacity. In the 100 years since, PM&C has grown to become a vital source of whole-of-government advice for the Prime Minister and support for the Cabinet, as well as serving a wide range of other functions over time as required by successive governments.
PM&C’s centenary provides a welcome opportunity for all of us to celebrate this history.
Thousands of dedicated staff have served at PM&C over the past 100 years. In 2011–12, we will hold a series of events to commemorate the work of PM&C’s people over a century and its place at the heart of government.
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