Agency VA 1039
Department of the Premier and Cabinet
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Date Range: 1982 - cont
 
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Establishment

The Department of the Premier and Cabinet was established in 1982, superseding the Department of the Premier (VA 2717) (Victoria Government Gazette No.102, 13 October 1982).

Services to Statutory and Other Bodies

The Department has also provided financial and personnel services to the following statutory bodies:

-- Agent-General for Victoria (in London) (VA 1829) to 1985
-- Ombudsman (VA 1037)
-- Solicitor-General (VA 1079) 1985 to 1992
-- Auditor-General (VA 1031)
-- Public Service Board (VA 886) to 1992
-- Public Service Commissioner (VA 3088) from 1992.

Some administrative support is also provided for Parliamentary Offices of the Government, Opposition and Third Party at Parliament House and for Cabinet Ministers and Members of Parliament.

Until 1986 the Official Secretary to the Governor was located within the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. However, records maintained by the Official Secretary will be found attributed to the Governor (VA 466). Likewise, although the Clerk of the Executive Council was located within the Department from 1982, records maintained by the Clerk will be found attributed to the Executive Council (VA 2903).

Administrative Structure from October 1992

Since October 1992 the Department has comprised the following units:

-- Cabinet Office (See VA 2989 Cabinet)
-- Office of Public Sector Management and Co-ordinator General
-- Office of State Administration.

Following significant machinery of government changes after the re-election of the Kennett Government in April 1996, the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism (VA 3095) was abolished. Under Administrative Arrangements Order No.150, effective 3 April 1996, the Department of Premier and Cabinet assumed responsibility for most of the arts functions of the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism.

Administrative history of this department for the period 1996 to 2009 is subject to further research.

On the 18 December 2009 under the Public Administration Act 2004 an Establishment of Administrative Office Order in Council notice in the Victorian Government Gazette G 51 records that the Victorian Multicultural Commission was moved to the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC). This transfer of function from DPCD to DPC coincided with the portfolio of Multicultural Affairs moving to DPC. In this instance there are no Administrative Orders or Minister of the Crown Changes (the ministerial portfolio did not change) in the Victorian Government Gazettes.

In a restructuring of the Victorian Public Service announced by the new Premier the Hon Denis Napthine on 9 April 2013, the Department gained Aboriginal Affairs Victoria (VA 3101) and the Veterans Affairs Unit from the simultaneously abolished Department of Planning and Community Development (VA 4838). At the same time, the Victorian Government Architect transferred out of the Department to the new Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure (VA 5003). The changes were effected by order of the Governor-in-Council under section 10 (c) of the Public Administration Act 2004 (Victorian Government Gazette, S 124).

Following the 29 November 2014 election DPC was enlarged. Portfolios supported by DPC were as follows:

- Premier
- Deputy Premier
- Special Minister of State
- Aboriginal Affairs
- Equality
- Multicultural Affairs
- Prevention of Family Violence
- Veterans
- Women

Of these, the Special Minister of State, Equality, and Prevention of Family Violence were new portfolios, while the portfolio of Women marked a change from the previous government's portfolio of Women's Affairs, which had been supported by the Department of Human Services.

From 2 March 2015, the expanded department was restructured into three thematically clustered working groups, each overseen by a Deputy Secretary:

- Economic Policy and State Productivity Group, responsible for economic development, regional and local government outcomes, international engagement, infrastructure, planning, major transactions, energy, resources and land policy.

- Governance Policy and Coordination Group, responsible for public sector governance, performance and reform, Cabinet management, community security and emergency management, intergovernmental relations and strategic communication and protocol. This group also had primary responsibility for supporting the Special Minister of State.

- Social Policy and Service Delivery Reform Group, responsible for Aboriginal affairs, multicultural affairs and citizenship, veterans' affairs, women, equality, education, justice, health and human services policy. This group also coordinated DPC's leadership on the policy priority of prevention of family violence, working closely with the separate secretariat for engagement with the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

Separately from these groups, two agencies were created, modelled on similar bodies a federal level and in NSW, to oversee a pipeline of infrastructure projects across electoral cycles and ensure the delivery of major projects:

- Infrastructure Victoria
- Projects Victoria

Under Administrative Arrangements Order (No. 219) 2104, with effect on 1 January 2015, DPC provided support to a number of administrative offices, statutory authorities and special bodies that had previously been supported by the Department of Justice:

- Victorian Electoral Commission (VA 4196)
- Victorian Electoral Boundaries Commission
- The Office of the Freedom of Information Commissioner
- Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission
- Office of the Commissioner for Privacy and Data Protection
- Public Interest Monitor
- The Victorian Inspectorate

Other supported agencies were:

- Office of the Auditor-General (VA 1031)
- Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel (VA 629)
- Office of the Governor (VA 466)
- Public Record Office Victoria (VA 683)
- Victorian Multicultural Commission (VA 1029)
- Victorian Ombudsman (1037)
- Victorian Public Sector Commission (VA 5026)
- Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission
- Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate (VA 5006)

By Order of the Governor in Council under section 11 of the Public Administration Act 2004, with effect on 1 January 2015, the Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate (the last-mentioned agency above) was disestablished in relation to the Department of Transport Planning and Local Infrastructure (VA 5003) and re-established in relation to DPC (Victoria Government Gazette No. S 432, 4 December 2014). By the same order, Arts Victoria (VA 4416) transitioned into Creative Victoria, and together with associated Arts agencies was removed from the support of DPC and transferred to the new Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (VA 5034), with the sole exception of the Public Record Office Victoria (VA 683), which was retained by DPC as an agency reporting to the Special Minister of State and the Premier.

On 1 March 2016, the Department of Premier and Cabinet lost responsibility for the following Act, as per the Victorian Government Gazette, No. S 44, 8 March 2016:
- Audit Act 1994 - Sections 8-10, 16A, 16B, 16D, 16E and 16G (responsibility was transferred to the Department of Treasury and Finance (VA 3745)).

Location of Records

See the inventory of series below. See also the List of Holdings 2nd edition 1985, section 3.17.0.
 
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? 1855 - cont Register of Letters Patent VPRS 7586 North Melbourne Open
? 1952 - cont Government Hospitality Files (Protocol Branch) VPRS 9992 North Melbourne Open
? 1974 - ? 1989 State Funeral Files (Protocol Branch) VPRS 9996 North Melbourne Open
? 1977 - ? 1990 Card Register of Congratulatory Messages Files (Protocol Branch) VPRS 9944 North Melbourne Open
? 1978 - ? 1991 Congratulatory Messages Files (Protocol Branch) VPRS 9943 North Melbourne Open
? 1986 - 1992 General Records (Social Justice Strategy Unit, Social Development Division) VPRS 10987 North Melbourne Open
? 1990 - ? 1992 Records relating to the Royal Commission into the Tricontinental Group of Companies VPRS 11158 North Melbourne Closed
? 1992 - 1993 Secretary's Performance Management Record VPRS 12494 North Melbourne Closed
? 1999 - 2010 Departmental Cabinet-in-Confidence Working Records, Bracks-Brumby Government [Department of Premier and Cabinet] VPRS 15801 North Melbourne Closed
1934 - cont Programmes for Royal Visits VPRS 7647 North Melbourne Open
1952 - 1995 Register of Government Hospitality Files (Protocol Branch) VPRS 9993 North Melbourne Open
1952 - 2012 Programmes for State Visits to Victoria VPRS 7648 North Melbourne Open
1976 - ? 1990 Proper Name Card Index to General Correspondence Files, Multiple Number System II VPRS 9811 North Melbourne Open
1976 - 1992 Overseas Travel Approval Files (Protocol Branch) VPRS 9997 North Melbourne Open
1976 - 1992 Register of Overseas Travel Approval Files (Protocol Branch) VPRS 9998 North Melbourne Open
1976 - 1994 General Correspondence Files, Multiple Number System II VPRS 8197 North Melbourne Part Open
1976 - 1994 Subject Card Index to General Correspondence Files, Multiple Number System II VPRS 9810 North Melbourne Open
1976 - 1994 File Movement Record Cards, Multiple Number System II VPRS 9812 North Melbourne Open
1976 - cont Bravery Award Files (Protocol Branch) VPRS 9994 North Melbourne Open
1976 - cont Register of Bravery Award Files (Protocol Branch) VPRS 9995 North Melbourne Open
Functions for which this Agency has or has had primary responsibilityFunctions for which this Agency has or has had primary responsibility
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1982 - 1983 Industrial relations (public sector) VF 168
1982 - 1985 Agent-general and trade commissioners VF 286
1982 - 1985 Aboriginal affairs VF 175
1982 - 1992 Women's affairs VF 339
1982 - cont Head of government VF 64
1985 - 1992 Solicitor-general VF 169
- 1991 Clean up australia day VF 332
1991 - 1992 Community council against violence VF 333
- 1992 Coode island chemical storage (relocation of) VF 334
1992 - 2002 Ethnic affairs VF 231
1996 - 2002 Government information service VF 313
1996 - 2014 Arts VF 194
1996 - 2014 Galleries VF 82
1996 - 2014 Museums VF 83
1996 - 2014 Library, State VF 22
1999 - 2002 Women's affairs VF 339
2009 - cont Ethnic affairs VF 231
2013 - cont Aboriginal affairs VF 175
2015 - cont Women's affairs VF 339
Functions for which this Agency has or has had secondary responsibilityFunctions for which this Agency has or has had secondary responsibility
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1996 - 2002 Public records VF 206
2006 - cont Public records VF 206
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1982 - 1982 Victoria's 150th Anniversary Celebration Citizens' Council VA 2833
1982 - 1982 Committee of Inquiry into the State Electricity Commission of Victoria VA 3987
1982 - 1983 C.J. Latrobe Study Award Committee VA 1836
1982 - 1983 Manufacturing Advisory Council VA 1841
1982 - 1983 Natural Disaster and Emergency Relief Committees VA 1842
1982 - 1983 Committee of Review of Early Childhood Services VA 2868
1982 - 1984 Victorian Government Motor Transport Committee VA 1832
1982 - 1985 Victoria's 150th Anniversary Board VA 1831
1982 - 1985 Victorian Government China Advisory Committee VA 1854
1982 - 1992 Effectiveness Review Committee VA 4003
1982 - cont Australia Day Committee (Victoria) VA 1834
1985 - 1987 Government House Committee VA 3997
1987 - 1991 Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody VA 4005
1988 - 1990 1996 Melbourne Olympic Bid Committee VA 3992
1990 - 1991 Public Service Personnel Management Review Committee (Panel) VA 4004
1991 - 1992 Victorian Community Council Against Violence VA 4275
1992 - 2002 Victorian Office of Multicultural Affairs (formerly Ethnic Affairs Unit 1992 - 1996 and Multicultural Affairs unit 1996 - 1999) VA 4193
1995 - 1996 Drug Advisory Council VA 3995
1996 - 2002 Public Record Office [also known as Public Record Office Victoria from c.1996] VA 683
1996 - 2014 Creative Victoria (formerly known as Arts Victoria from 1992 to 2014) VA 4416
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? 1958 - cont Victorian Electoral Commission VA 4196
1851 - cont Office of the Auditor-General (also known as Audit Office) VA 1031
1851 - cont Governor (including Lieutenant Governor 1851-1855 and Governor's Office) VA 466
1879 - cont Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel, (previously known as Parliamentary Draftsman, 1879 to 1970) VA 629
1933 - cont Shrine of Remembrance Trustees VA 1577
1973 - cont Office of the Ombudsman (Ombudsman Victoria) VA 1037
1973 - cont Public Record Office [also known as Public Record Office Victoria from c.1996] VA 683
1982 - cont Victorian Multicultural Commission (formerly Ethnic Affairs Commission) VA 1029
1999 - cont Victorian Interpreting and Translating Service (VITS) VA 4254
2006 - cont Victorian Veterans Council VA 5074
2009 - cont Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate VA 5006
2014 - cont Victorian Public Sector Commission VA 5026
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1982 - cont Premier VRG 50
1996 - 2014 Arts VRG 61
2009 - cont Multicultural Affairs (previously Ethnic Affairs) VRG 76
2013 - cont Aboriginal Affairs VRG 58