- New South Wales Department of Premier and Cabinet
New South Wales Department of Premier and Cabinet overview Formed 2007 Preceding Premier's Department of
New South Wales
Dissolved The Cabinet Office (New South Wales) Jurisdiction New South Wales Headquarters Level 39, Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Employees 687 (2010) Minister responsible Barry O'Farrell,
Premier of New South Wales
executive Chris Eccles,
The New South Wales Department of Premier and Cabinet, 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 New South Wales 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, business and the community to ensure responses to community needs are effective.
The department is led by its Director-General, presently Chris Eccles, who reports to the Premier, presently the Honourable Barry O'Farrell MP and in his absence, the Deputy Premier, presently the Honourable Andrew Stoner MP.
The Department of Premier and Cabinet is directly responsible for the administration and implementation of the New South Wales State Plan, regulatory reform, performance reviews and service delivery improvement. The department also plays a key co-ordinating role in disaster management, delivery of infrastructure such as major projects and industry and business development. Premier and Cabinet also manages workforce reforms and employee relations and essential services to support the government of the day, like 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 Director-General.
In 2006 the New South Wales Government commissioned an inquiry into government administration by Dr Michael Vertigan AC and Nigel Stokes, entitled New South Wales audit of expenditure and assets report or more commonly the Vertigan Report.
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:
- Minister for the Central Coast
- Minister for the Hunter
- Minister for the Illawarra
- Minister for Infrastructure
- Minister for Local Government
- Minister for Police
- Minister Assisting the Premier on Veterans’ Affairs
- Minister for Public Sector Reform
- Minister for Regulatory Reform
- Special Minister of State
- Minister for Women
Following her appointment as Premier in December 2009, Kristina Keneally announced that the restructure plan would continue to be implemented, whilst at the same time replacing Lees with Brendan O'Reilly.
Liberal Premier Barry O'Farrell replaced O'Reilly with Chris Eccles on 1 April 2011, following the NSW coalition's victory at the 2011 general election. By August 2011, a revised agency structure was formalised, together with an overlying management structure that led to the creation of the following offices and divisions:
- Local Government Division
- Department of Planning and Infrastructure, including
- Office of Strategic Lands
- Office of Environment and Heritage, including
- Environment and Climate Change
- National Parks and Wildlife Service
- Heritage Branch
- Office of Western Sydney
- Parliamentary Counsel’s Office
- Office of General Counsel
The agency is responsible a number of sub-agencies and departments including the following:
- Anzac Memorial Building Trustee
- Council on the Cost and Quality of Government
- Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust
- Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of New South Wales
- New South Wales Electoral Commission
- New South Wales Ombudsman
- Office of the Inspector of the Independent Commission Against Corruption
- The Audit Office of NSW
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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- Premier of New South Wales
- ^ "About the Department". Department of Premier and Cabinet. Government of New South Wales. 29 September 2011. http://www.dpc.nsw.gov.au/about/about_the_department. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
- ^ Vertigan, Michael; Stokes, Nigel (23 February 2006). New South Wales audit of expenditure and assets (Report). Government of New South Wales. http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/X?New%20South%20Wales%20audit%20of%20expenditure%20and%20assets%20report. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
- ^ "About us". Department of Premier and Cabinet. Government of New South Wales. 30 October 2008. http://www.dpc.nsw.gov.au/about_us. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
- ^ "Full Day Hansard Transcript Legislative Assembly, 29 August 2006, Corrected Copy)". Hansard - Legislative Assembly of New South Wales. Parliament of New South Wales. 29 August 2006. http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/prod/parlment/hanstrans.nsf/V3ByKey/LA20060829. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
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- ^ Totaro, Paula (26 April 2004). "Power behind the throne". The Sydney Morning Herald. http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/04/25/1082831435461.html. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
- ^ Hildebrand, Joe (16 October 2008). "Nathan Rees axes Premier's Department head Robyn Kruk". The Daily Telegraph (Australia). http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/indepth/nathan-rees-axes-premiers-department-head-robyn-kruk/story-e6frewor-1111117770608. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
- ^ Clennell, Andrew (1 August 2009). "Hands on the wheel". Brisbane Times. http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/hands-on-the-wheel-20090731-e4f4.html. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
- ^ "Premier announces historic public sector reform" (PDF) (Press release). Premier of New South Wales. 11 June 2009. http://www.dpc.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/84577/2009.06.11_PREMIER_ANNOUNCES_HISTORIC_PUBLIC_SECTOR_REFORM.pdf. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
- ^ "NSW Government Confirms Departmental Restructure". Occasional paper. Hawker Britton. July 2009. http://www.hawkerbritton.com/hawker-britton-media/new-south-wales/nsw-departmental-restructure.htm. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
- ^ Clennell, Andrew; Hall, Louise (9 December 2009). "We will be stable, promises Premier of her new cabinet". The Sydney Morning Herald. http://www.smh.com.au/national/we-will-be-stable-promises-premier-of-her-new-cabinet-20091208-khqe.html. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
- ^ Salusinszky, Imre (1 April 2011). "Another mandarin gone". The Australian. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/another-mandarin-gone/story-e6frgczx-1226031629359. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
- ^ "NSW Public Sector: Principal Departments and Other Bodies" (PDF). Department of Premier and Cabinet. 17 August 2011. http://www.dpc.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/126086/NSW_Public_Sector_Principal_Departments_and_Other_Bodies_as_at_17_August_2011.pdf. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
- ^ "Reorganisation - Phase 1 Group descriptions" (PDF). Department of Premier and Cabinet. 29 September 2011. http://www.dpc.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/131459/Department_of_Premier_and_Cabinet_Reorganisation_-_Phase_1_-_Group_Descriptors_-_29_Sep_2011.pdf. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
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- ^ "Staffers' golden handshakes cost NSW $180k". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 16 June 2010. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/06/16/2928257.htm. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
Departments and agencies of the New South Wales Government Premier and CabinetDepartment of Premier and Cabinet • Division of Local Government • Office of Environment and Heritage • Office of Western Sydney • Parliamentary Counsel’s Office • Department of Planning and Infrastructure • Audit Office • Independent Commission Against Corruption • Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal • Infrastructure NSW • NSW Electoral Commission • Ombudsman’s Office • Police Integrity Commission • Public Service Commission (to be established) • Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust • Historic Houses Trust • Barangaroo Delivery Authority • Redfern Waterloo Authority • Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority • Landcom TransportDepartment of Transport • Country Rail Infrastructure Authority • Independent Transport Safety Regulator • Office of Transport Safety Investigations • Public Transport Ticketing Corporation • RailCorp • Roads and Maritime Services • State Transit Authority • Sydney Ferries • Sydney Metro Authority • Western Sydney Buses • Sydney Ports Corporation • Newcastle Port Corporation • Port Kembla Port Corporation Finance and ServicesDepartment of Finance and Services • NSW Fair Trading • Office of Industrial Relations • Office of State Revenue • Land and Property Information • NSW Public Works • NSW Procurement • Surveyor General • Aust. Centre for Advanced Computing & Communications (ac3) • Board of Surveying and Spatial Information • Consumer Trader and Tenancy Tribunal • Geographic Names Board • Motor Accidents Authority • NSW Architects Registration Board • NSW Government Telecommunications Authority • Rental Bond Board • State Contracts Control Board • State Property Authority • State Records Authority • Teacher Housing Authority • Waste Assets Management Corporation • WorkCover Authority • Workers’ Compensation (Dust Diseases) Board • NSW Land and Housing Corporation (jointly with FACS) • ValuerGeneral • Hunter Water Corporation • Sydney Water Corporation TreasuryThe Treasury • Office of Financial Management • Crown Finance Entity • Electricity Tariff Equalisation Ministerial Corporation • Liability Management Ministerial Corporation • NSW Self Insurance Corporation • T Corp Family and Community ServicesDepartment of Family and Community Services • Ageing, Disability and Home Care incl Office for Ageing • Community Services • Housing NSW • Office for Women’s Policy • Aboriginal Housing Office • NSW Businesslink Pty Ltd • City West Housing Pty Ltd • Home Care Service • Home Purchase Assistance Fund Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and ServicesDepartment of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services • Chief Scientist and Engineer • Retail Tenancies Unit • Small Business • State Development • Regional Development • Tourism and Major Events Policy • Arts NSW • Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing • Energy, Mining and Biofuels • Mine Safety • Department of Primary Industries • Aquatic Reserves • Food Authority • Forests NSW • Catchment Management • Crown Lands • Office of Rural Affairs • Office of Water • Primary Industries • Agriculture • Fisheries • Biosecurity • Art Gallery • Australian Museum • Casino, Liquor and Gaming Authority • Destination NSW incl. Tourism, Events, Homebush Motor RA • Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences • Sydney Opera House • Screen NSW • State Library • Benerembah Irrigation District Environ. Protection Trust • Catchment Management Authorities • Central Coast Water Corporation • Chipping Norton Lake Authority • Cobar Water Board • Game Council • Lake Illawarra Authority • Livestock Health and Pest Authorities • Marine Parks Authority • Rural Assistance Authority • Sydney Catchment Authority • Wild Dog Destruction Board • Mine Subsidence Board • Energy Corporations Health Attorney General and JusticeDepartment of Attorney General and Justice • NSW Trustee and Guardian • Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages • Guardianship Tribunal • Industrial Relations Commission • Corrective Services • Juvenile Justice • Ministry for Police and Emergency Service • Disaster Welfare Assistance • Emergency Management NSW • Information and Privacy Commission • Judicial Commission • Legal Aid Commission • Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions • Fire and Rescue NSW • NSW Crime Commission • NSW Police Force • Rural Fire Service • State Emergency Service Educaton and CommunitiesDepartment of Education and Communities • Early Childhood Education and Care • Public Schools • TAFE and Community Education • Office of Communities • Aboriginal Affairs • Sport and Recreation • Veterans Affairs • Volunteering • Youth • Board of Studies • Board of Vocational Education and Training • Institute of Teachers • TAFE Commission Communities • Combat Sports Authority of NSW • Children’s Guardian • Commission for Children and Young People • Community Relations Commission • Hunter Region Sporting Venues Authority • Illawarra Venues Authority • NSW Institute of Sport • Parramatta Stadium Trust • Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust • Sydney Olympic Park Authority
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