Annual Report


Our role

Operating at the heart of the Australian Government, the primary role of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) is to provide high-quality policy and implementation advice and support to the Prime Minister, the Cabinet, our Portfolio Ministers, including the Cabinet Secretary and the Parliamentary Secretary, and the Government as a whole. PM&C also seeks to drive principles-based, strategic and coordinated policy solutions to Australia’s national challenges and to support the implementation of the Government’s priorities.

Our performance

Our key performance indicators (KPIs) and deliverables are used to assess and monitor our performance and provide an important record of the Department’s role in supporting the Government’s policy objectives; how public money was spent and whether planned achievements were on track. PM&C has met each deliverable and KPI for 2012–13, as we have done over the past three years. The following indicators help to measure performance across the Department:

  • 2,285 briefs were provided to the Prime Minister, the Cabinet, and our Portfolio Ministers and Parliamentary Secretary
  • 547 of these briefs were provided for use by the Cabinet or Cabinet committees
  • 194,024 items of correspondence were processed
  • 122 question time briefs were delivered to the Prime Minister and Portfolio Ministers
  • 293 Senate Estimates questions on notice were managed
  • 50 parliamentary questions on notice were managed.

Our staff

As at 30 June 2013 we had a total of 587 employees, including part-time and non-ongoing employees, employed in the ongoing functions of the Department (based on headcount). Some key statistics on our workforce include:

  • 62.3 per cent are women
  • 77.0 per cent are under the age of 45
  • 94.1 per cent are ongoing
  • 91.4 per cent are full time
  • 93.5 per cent are based in Canberra
  • 0.8 per cent identify as Indigenous

There were a further 211 staff who were inoperative or employed in associated functions, most notably the Group of Twenty (G20) Taskforce.

A photograph of the staff of the Department