Department of Premier and Cabinet (New South Wales)
The New South Wales Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC), a department of the New South Wales Government, is responsible for leading the New South Wales public sector to deliver on the Government's commitments and priorities. The department provides administrative support that enables the cabinet to identify, design and implement a coordinated policy, project and reform agenda that boosts the efficiency, productivity and effectiveness across the State. The department consults and work closely with other New South Wales government departments, the Commonwealth Government, local government, business and the community to ensure responses to community needs are effective.
|Jurisdiction||New South Wales|
|Headquarters||52 Martin Place, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
The Department is led by its Secretary, presently Tim Reardon, who reports to the Premier, presently The Honourable Gladys Berejiklian and in her absence, the Deputy Premier, presently John Barilaro. The Premier is assisted in administration of the portfolio by Special Minister of State, Minister for the Public Service and Employee Relations, Aboriginal Affairs, and the Arts, currently The Hon. Don Harwin MLC, since 2 April 2019.
The Department of Premier and Cabinet is directly responsible for the administration and implementation of government reform agenda through policy and project support. The department also plays a key coordinating role in disaster management, delivery of infrastructure such as major projects and industry and business development. Premier and Cabinet also manages workforce reforms, employee relations and essential services to support the government of the day, such as ministerial services, parliamentary counsel, cabinet secretariat and policy support.
The Department is responsible for investigating various matters as directed by the Premier and the agency Secretary.
Current structural groups and divisions
The Department of Premier and Cabinet is divided into six groups: economic policy; social policy; cabinet and legal processes; operations and engagement; customers, behavioural insights and delivery; and regional NSW.. These groups are responsible for a number of functional areas, agencies and cabinet committees.
Premier and Cabinet cluster
NSW Government agencies are broadly organised into eight groups, referred to as clusters. The following agencies are included in the Premier and Cabinet cluster, administered by the Department:
- Art Gallery of New South Wales
- Australian Museum
- Election Funding Authority of New South Wales
- Greater Sydney Commission
- Heritage Council of New South Wales
- Independent Commission Against Corruption
- Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal
- Infrastructure NSW
- Library Council of New South Wales
- Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences
- Natural Resources Commission
- New South Wales Electoral Commission
- New South Wales Ombudsman
- Office of the Inspector of the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission
- Parliamentary Counsel's Office
- Public Service Commission
- Sydney Opera House Trust
Prior to 2007 separate agencies existed, entitled the Premier's Department of New South Wales and the New South Wales Cabinet Office, the latter established in 1988. Premier Morris Iemma merged the two agencies into the new Department of Premier and Cabinet under the direction of Robyn Kruk after the 2006 resignation of the Director General of the Cabinet Office, Roger Wilkins, and replacing the long-term Director General of Premier's Department, Col Gellatly, who served under Premier Carr.
In 2008, following the resignation of Premier Iemma, Nathan Rees replaced Kruk with John Lee, a senior public servant in the New South Wales Department of Transport and brother of Michael Lee, a former Labor Federal Minister and Councillor of the City of Sydney. In June 2009, Rees announced a restructure of the New South Wales Government and the creation of 13 super departments aimed at delivering better government services. The Department of Premier and Cabinet was named as the lead agency; responsible for the implementation of the new plan. Additionally, the Department of Premier and Cabinet became responsible to a number of Ministers. In addition to the Premier, the Ministers for the Central Coast, the Hunter, the Illawarra, Infrastructure, Local Government, Police, Public Sector Reform, Regulatory Reform, Women, and the Assisting the Premier on Veterans’ Affairs, and the Special Minister of State all were responsible for various functions administered by the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Following the December 2009 appointment of Kristina Keneally as Premier, Keneally announced that the restructure plan would continue to be implemented, whilst at the same time replacing Lees with Brendan O'Reilly.
Following the NSW coalition's victory at the 2011 state election, Liberal Premier Barry O'Farrell replaced O'Reilly with Chris Eccles on 1 April 2011. By August 2011, a revised agency structure was formalised, together with an overlying management structure that led to the creation of offices and divisions covering local government, planning and infrastructure including strategic lands, environment and heritage including environment and climate change, national parks and wildlife, western Sydney, parliamentary counsel, and general counsel. A further restructure took place following the 2015 state election when Premier Mike Baird transferred the functions of investment attraction, trade and tourism, and major events from the Trade and Industry to Premier and Cabinet. Minor changes to the portfolio were made following the 2019 state election when the number of clusters were reduced from ten to eight.
In 2007, the Director General of the Department referred a matter to NSW Police following allegation that Paul Gibson had allegedly assaulted Sandra Nori, a parliamentary colleague of Gibson's with whom he had a relationship. In 2010, the Department coordinated investigations into claims that Ian Macdonald, a disgraced former Minister, had rorted his travel allowances. During 2010, the Auditor General of New South Wales accused the agency of establishing special deals with contracted public servants which resulted in them receiving a form of golden handshake. Premier Keneally defended the Department and stated that, "nobody in my government has those sorts of arrangements"
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