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Our Department


PM&C has a proud history of serving successive Australian Prime Ministers, their Cabinets and, through them, our nation and the Australian people.

Established in 1911 by Prime Minister Andrew Fisher, the Prime Minister’s Department started operations from Melbourne with a total of six staff. In 1971, we merged with the Department of the Cabinet Office to create the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), laying the foundations of the modern, responsive and fit-for-purpose PM&C of 2018.

Over the past 107 years we have served 25 Prime Ministers, providing high-quality support and advice.

Staff from the Prime Minister's Department, Melbourne, 1912 (National Archives of Australia)


The PM&C of 2018 has a diverse workforce of 2,188 staff working across 110 PM&C offices around Australia.

We continue to provide high-quality support to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet, but we are also responsible for policies and programs ranging from developing national security policy in Canberra to building partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in some of the most remote communities across Australia.

The core values enshrined at the time of our creation in 1911 still live with us today—supporting the Prime Minister to the highest possible standard, a commitment to excellence and service to our nation. It is these values we continue to uphold with pride as we lead a modern APS ready to advance the wellbeing of all Australians.​​

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in 2018.