Annual Report
2012–13

Group of 20 Meeting 2014

In November 2011 the Group of Twenty (G20) members decided that Australia would host the G20 forum in 2014. This forum, which brings together 20 of the world’s most significant developed and emerging economies, has been endorsed by the leaders of these economies as their premier forum for international economic cooperation. Australia’s G20 presidency is a unique opportunity to influence global economic policy and to showcase Australia.

Since 1 December 2012 Australia has been a member of the G20 troika, and we have been working with Russia (as the current president) and Mexico (as the previous year’s president) to deliver strong outcomes in 2013. Australia’s G20 presidency begins on 1 December 2013.

Figure 2.8 KPIs for the G20 Taskforce

Group of 20 Meeting 2014 (Program component 1.1.4) Met
High level of satisfaction of the Prime Minister, the Cabinet and Cabinet committee chairs, Portfolio Ministers and the Parliamentary Secretaries, with the quality and timeliness of advice, briefing, activities and/or support.
Satisfaction of other central agencies, portfolio departments and other key stakeholders with the cooperation and collaboration of the Department.
The successful promotion of Australia through the meeting outcomes and arrangements.
Compliance with all relevant legislation.

G20 Taskforce

In 2012 the G20 Taskforce was established to oversee policy coordination and operational arrangements for Australia’s G20 presidency and to coordinate Australia’s participation in the preparatory meetings for the St Petersburg summit to be held in September 2013.

The Prime Minister announced on 11 July 2012 that the 2014 leaders summit would be held in Brisbane on 15–16 November at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. With approximately 4,000 delegates and 3,000 domestic and international media expected to attend, this will be the largest meeting of world leaders that Australia has hosted.

Throughout the year, the G20 Taskforce provided advice to the Prime Minister, the Cabinet and senior officials on policy and operational matters, working closely with other Australian Government agencies, particularly Treasury and DFAT. Within the Australian Government, governance arrangements are in place to provide high-level direction and guidance of Australia’s G20 preparations. This includes a Secretary-level steering committee comprising Commonwealth and Queensland state agency heads. Sub-committees on policy, security and event coordination report directly to the steering committee.

In laying the groundwork for success in 2013 and 2014, the G20 Taskforce has worked closely with Russia and other G20 members to achieve outcomes in 2013 that support growth and jobs, as well as to prepare the ground for a productive agenda in 2014. Taskforce members attended Sherpa meetings in Russia in preparation for the G20 summit to be held in St Petersburg on 5–6 September 2013.

They also visited G20 members including Brazil, China, the European Union, France, Germany, Indonesia, the United States and the United Kingdom to discuss policy priorities, with further visits to member countries to follow. Taskforce members also participated in a number of outreach events, including the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2013 and the UN General Assembly thematic debate on global economic governance in April 2013.

The taskforce consulted broadly with the business community, civil society, the labour movement and the academic community and formalised Australian leadership arrangements for business and civil society groups to contribute to G20 processes in 2013 and to lead these groups in 2014.

Detailed planning commenced for accommodation, venues, accreditation, media, information and communcations technology (ICT), airports, transport and delegate liaison for the summit and preparatory meetings.

The G20 Taskforce has responsibility for overall security coordination for the host year, and is working closely with State Governments, in particular the Queensland Government, to ensure the dignity and security of all delegates throughout the year.