There were no significant changes to the structure of the Department from the 2011–12 reporting period.
As at 30 June 2013 the Department had three groups: Domestic Policy, National Security and International Policy and Governance. Detail on each Group’s role is provided below. The Department’s structure is at Figure 1.1.
Domestic Policy Group
The Domestic Policy Group supported the development of economic, environmental, productivity and social policies. It coordinated the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) arrangements, provided advice and support for the Budget process and policy advice in relation to the Group of Twenty (G20). The Group also ensured that forward-looking strategic policy was prioritised in the face of the day-to-day demands of government.
National Security and International Policy Group
The National Security and International Policy Group provided advice on Australia’s foreign policy, trade and treaty matters, defence, intelligence, non-proliferation, counter-terrorism, law enforcement, information sharing, cyber policy, border security and crisis management and the coordination of the national security budget. The Group assists the National Security Adviser in providing a high level of leadership, direction and coordination to the National Security Community.
The Governance Group provided advice on legal policy, parliamentary and government matters, honours policy, and support services to the Prime Minister, the Cabinet, Cabinet committees and our Portfolio Ministers and Parliamentary Secretary. This Group delivered the Department’s enabling and support functions and monitored the delivery of key Government programs, policies and initiatives. During the 2012–13 reporting period, for the purpose of administrative efficiency, the Group took responsibility for the G20 Operations Division.
Outcome and program structure
The Department worked to achieve our one outcome: Coordination of government activities; policy development; advice and program delivery to support and inform the Prime Minister, the Cabinet and the Cabinet Secretary.
This outcome was supported by two programs: Prime Minister and Cabinet and Official and ceremonial support. The first program consisted of four program components identified in Figure 1.2 (as broadly reflected in the Department’s structure). This program structure is consistent with the outcome and program framework and performance targets in the Portfolio Budget Statements 2012–13. There were no subsequent changes to the performance targets in the reporting period.