Chapter 2: Departmental Overview

G: The Portfolio

G. The PM&C Portfolio

Agencies in the Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio produce a range of outputs essential for a well-coordinated, efficient and accountable public administration supported by a values-based Australian Public Service.

PM&C is a department of state and the main agency in the Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio. In addition to PM&C, at 30 June 2010 there were 11 other agencies in the portfolio, including the National Australia Day Council - a Commonwealth company subject to the provisions of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 (CAC Act).

At 30 June 2010, included in the Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio were:

  • The Hon Simon Crean MP, as Minister for Social Inclusion
  • Senator the Hon Joe Ludwig, as Cabinet Secretary
  • Senator the Hon Mark Arbib, as Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Government Service Delivery
  • The Hon Anthony Byrne MP, as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister.
Figure 2.8 PM&C Portfolio
Agency Agency head

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Mr Terry Moran
AO Secretary

Australian Institute of Family Studies

Professor Alan Hayes

Australian National Audit Office

Mr Ian McPhee

Australian Public Service Commission

Mr Stephen Sedgwick

National Archives of Australia

Mr Ross Gibbs

National Australia Day Council

Mr Adam Gilchrist

Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman

Mr Ron Brent
Ombudsman (Acting)

Office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security

Dr Vivienne Thom
Director-General (Acting)

Office of National Assessments

Mr Allan Gyngell

Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General

Mr Stephen Brady
Official Secretary

Office of the Privacy Commissioner

Ms Karen Curtis
Privacy Commissioner

The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

Ms Jenny Anderson


On 8 March 2010 the Department of Climate Change ceased to be part of the PM&C portfolio and became a portfolio in its own right. Its name was changed to the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.

In May 2010 the Government agreed to transfer responsibility for Australian Government employment workplace relations functions from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations to the Australian Public Service Commission. The transfer was consistent with the recommendations in Ahead of the Game: Blueprint for the Reform of Australian Government Administration.