Statement by the Secretary - 11 July 2011

100 Years of service

The Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), Terry Moran AO, today welcomed Senator John Faulkner and departmental staff to the official launch of the 100 year anniversary celebrations to commemorate the department’s creation.

To celebrate the start of the centenary year a book, From postbox to powerhouse: A centenary history of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, was launched by Senator Faulkner, on behalf of the Prime Minister.

From Postbox to powerhouse is a fascinating look at how this department has changed over its 100 years of existence,” Mr Moran said.

“When it started in 1911 the department was little more than a clearing house for correspondence from the Prime Minister to London and the states. It wasn’t until 1919 that the department had a branch devoted to delivering policy advice.

“Now, of course, the department plays a crucial role in the Cabinet process and in providing advice on decisions that affect the lives of all Australians.”

Mr Moran congratulated authors Professor Patrick Weller AO, Professor Joanne Scott and Bronwyn Stevens who, with funding through an Australian Research Council Linkage grant and support from the University of the Sunshine Coast, compiled a significant record of the department’s rich history.

The department was pleased to support both the research project and the publication of the book, by providing funding, access to documents and in-kind support. Mr Moran also convened a reference group of former Secretaries of PM&C, senior public service officers and others with relevant knowledge to assist the authors.

Mr Moran’s speech today can be found on our media page.

For further information contact: Virginia Cook on 6271 5495

From Postbox to Powerhouse: A centenary history of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet is published by Allen and Unwin.

Terry Moran
11 July 2011



Last Updated: 11 July 2011