Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (Australia)
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Agency overview Formed 1911 Jurisdiction Australia Employees 526 Annual budget A$140.7 million (2007/08) Minister responsible Julia Gillard, Prime Minister Agency executive Dr Ian Watt, AO, Secretary Website www.dpmc.gov.au
The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) is an Australian Government department. The Department was first established in 1911 (it was then known as the Prime Minister's Department; the later title was created in 1971). Its role is to ensure that policy proposals put to the Prime Minister and to Cabinet are developed in a coherent, informed and coordinated fashion, to co-ordinate the implementation of key government programmes, to support official visits, ceremonies and state occasions and, to manage the operations of the official residences. The responsibilities of the Department are considerably wider than in most other Westminster systems, although the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in New Zealand has similar responsibilities.
The Department is organised into a Cabinet Division, an Economic Division, an Industry, Infrastructure and Environment Division, an International Division, a National Security Division, a Social Policy Division and a People, Resources and Communications Division and numerous Task Forces to deal with particular problems. The Secretary of the Department, currently Dr Ian Watt, is the equivalent of the Cabinet Secretary in Britain or the Clerk of the Privy Council in Canada. The acting National Security Advisor is Dr Margot McCarthy.
Prior to 1911, the Prime Minister had no department of his own as such. The Prime Minister was concurrently the Minister for External Affairs, and used the services of the Department of External Affairs.
On 1 July 1911, the Prime Minister's Department was created.
On 11 March 1968, a separate Department of the Cabinet Office was created.
On 12 March 1971, these two departments were merged to create the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Secretaries of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
The Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet is the public service head of the department and the most senior public servant in Australia. Below is the list of Secretaries since 1911 (until 1971, the office was Secretary of the Prime Minister's Department).
Name Dates Malcolm Shepherd 1911–1921 Percival Deane, CMG 1921–1928 Sir John McLaren 1928–1933 John Starling 1933–1935 Frank Strahan 1935–1949 Sir Allen Brown 1949–1959 Sir John Bunting, CBE 1959–1968 Sir Lenox Hewitt 1968–1971 Sir John Bunting 1971–1974 John Menadue 1974–1976 Sir Alan Carmody, CBE 1976–1978 Sir Geoffrey Yeend 1978–1986 Mike Codd 1986–1992 Dr. Michael Keating 1992–1996 Max Moore-Wilton 1996–2003 Dr. Peter Shergold, AM 2003–2008 Terry Moran 2008 - 2011 Dr Ian Watt, AO 2011 -
National Security Advisor of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
The post of National Security Advisor was formed in December of 2008.
Name Dates Notes MAJGEN Duncan Lewis, AO, DSC, CSC (Ret'd) 2008 - 2011 Currently serving as the Secretary of Defence Dr Margot McCarthy 2011 - Incumbent Acting
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