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Summary of results by purpose

Summary of results tables

The following tables list PM&C’s result for each performance measure in the Corporate Plan, grouped by purpose.

Table 2.3: Summary of PM&C's end-of-year results against the performance criteria for 2020-21

Purpose 1: Growing our economy, incomes and creating jobs

No

Key activity

Measure

Results

1.1

Advise the Prime Minister on the prioritisation and design of policies to support job creation as part of the Government’s JobMaker Plan.

Ensure the Prime Minister, the Cabinet, responsible ministers and agencies receive high-quality and coordinated advice to inform policy development and support the implementation of the Government’s key priorities and activities.

Achieved

1.2

Design, coordinate and drive initiatives that will see Australia achieve the Government’s goal of being a digital economy and society by 2030.

Ensure the Prime Minister, the Cabinet, responsible ministers and agencies receive high-quality and coordinated advice including a strategy to be a leading digital economy to inform policy development and support the implementation of the Government’s key priorities and activities.

Achieved

1.3

Drive the Government’s refreshed whole-of-government deregulation agenda to support business investment and job creation, by working across the APS to ensure regulation is fit-for-purpose and regulator performance is best practice.

In partnership with state and territory governments and industry, identify solutions to reduce regulatory barriers to business investment and jobs growth in priority areas.

Achieved

1.4

Deliver the refreshed Women’s Economic Security Statement to increase women’s workforce participation and women’s leadership opportunities, and deliver grants and programs to promote women’s economic security and leadership.

Ensure the Prime Minister, the Cabinet, responsible ministers and agencies received high-quality and coordinated advice to inform policy development and support the implementation of the Government’s key priorities and activities.

Achieved

1.5

Support the Prime Minister at the G20 and other international forums to drive international cooperation and advance Australia’s national interests.

Ensure the Prime Minister, the Cabinet, responsible ministers and agencies received high-quality and coordinated advice to inform policy development and support the implementation of the Government’s key priorities and activities.

Achieved

1.6

Work across government to support delivery of the Government’s $100 billion, 10-year transport infrastructure pipeline and ensure delivery of priority projects such as the Western Sydney Airport, Inland Rail, Snowy Hydro 2.0 and telecommunication infrastructure.

Ensure the Prime Minister and the Cabinet receive timely advice on the progress of, and risks to, infrastructure investment.

Achieved

1.7

Ensure recovery of the freight sector by working across governments to coordinate effective and timely measures in air, road, rail and maritime transport.

Ensure advice on the freight sector is coordinated, timely and grounded by partnerships with industry and governments.

Achieved

1.8

Provide targeted and timely advice to the Prime Minster and the Cabinet on options to enable affordable and reliable energy markets, while meeting Australia’s international emissions reduction commitments.

The Government is supported by comprehensive and evidence-based policy advice that ensures reliable and affordable energy while meeting our international commitments.

Achieved

1.9

Work across government to deliver a coordinated plan to build scale and competitiveness in the Australian manufacturing sector.

The Government is supported to develop and deliver a new plan for the manufacturing sector.

On track

Purpose 2: Vibrant and resilient regions

No

Key activity

Measure

Results

2.1

Ensure initiatives are coordinated across governments to boost resilience and support economic growth in regional Australia.

Policies and programs affecting regional Australia are data-driven, place-based and targeted to the needs of regional Australia.

Achieved

2.2

Increase awareness of, and advocate for the importance of conserving and improving Australia’s soil and landscape conditions.

Support the National Soils Advocate to influence government policies to improve the health of Australian soils.

Achieved

2.3

Support the National Waste Taskforce to implement the waste export ban and drive better waste and recycling outcomes.

Legislation is introduced into Parliament to give effect to the waste export ban timeline.

Achieved

2.4

Ensure policies and programs support farmers and regional communities to build resilience and better prepare for future drought and natural disasters.

Advice to Government is evidence based, reflects short term needs, wider community impacts and long term resilience.

Achieved

Purpose 3: Strengthening families and communities

No

Key activity

Measure

Results

3.1

Coordinate the Australian health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

All Australian Government agencies’ actions are coordinated and well delivered to ensure the health effects of COVID-19 in the Australian community are minimised.

The Australian health response to the COVID-19 pandemic is implemented through effective cooperation between all levels of government through National Cabinet.

On track

3.2

Ensure vulnerable Australians are supported during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Australian welfare system is targeted to assist those most adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

On track

3.3

Drive and coordinate the Government’s education and skills reforms to build social resilience, develop human capital and support economic recovery, including expanding micro credentials and better matching skills training to demand in current and future jobs.

The Government’s JobTrainer package is delivered effectively in partnership with the states and territories to help Australians upskill and reskill.

The Heads of Agreement for Skills Reform is implemented effectively to improve the Vocational Education and Training system.

On track

3.4

Drive the Government’s mental health and towards zero suicide agenda.

The Prime Minister’s Suicide Prevention Adviser provides interim and final advice to the Prime Minister.

PM&C working with the Department of Health drives the consolidated Government response to the Productivity Commission report into mental health.

The National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention (the National Commissioner) is established through legislation and appointed.

On track

3.5

Deliver key priorities for gender equality and women’s safety.

Implementation of the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022 and developing the next National Plan.

On track

Participating in targeted international fora on gender equality issues, including the Commission on the Status of Women.

On track

Drive an increase for women in leadership positions, including gender diversity on Australian Government boards.

On track

3.6

Improve the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

All Australian Government agencies contribute to the development of the Commonwealth Closing the Gap Implementation Plan.

The Government is provided with options for a voice for Indigenous Australians and constitutional recognition.

On track

3.7

Drive the delivery of nationally significant child safety reforms including implementing key recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The Prime Minister and Assistant Minister receive high quality and timely advice on the implementation of key child safety reforms including:

  • Delivery of the National Strategy to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse
  • A nationally harmonised approach to child safety in organisations, based on the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations
  • Ongoing implementation of the Commonwealth Child Safe Framework.

On track

3.8

Ensure the delivery of the Social Impact Investment (SII) Expert Panel’s final report to Government.

The Final Report of the Social Impact Investing Taskforce is delivered within agreed timeframes to the satisfaction of the Prime Minister, the Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and key stakeholders.

Achieved

Purpose 4: Enhancing Australia’s international and national security

No

Key activity

Measure

Results

4.1

Support the Prime Minister’s engagement with foreign counterparts in order to shape Australia’s strategic environment and advance our national interest.

The Prime Minister is supported to shape Australia’s international environment and pursue the Government’s agenda through timely, high-quality advice.

Decisions in relation to foreign policy are made and implemented on the basis of Australia’s national interest, and take account of a full range of social, economic and security equities.

Implementation of commitments made by the Prime Minister to foreign leaders.

Achieved

4.2

Provide comprehensive, influential and timely advice and coordination on national security, with an emphasis on:

  • counter-terrorism and crisis management;
  • border security, law enforcement, cyber security and counter foreign interference initiatives;
  • defence operations and capability, including on the national naval shipbuilding enterprise; and
  • the Indo-Pacific.

Decisions in relation to national security matters are made and implemented on the basis of consideration of Australia’s national interests and the full range of equities, including social, economic and security interests and implemented in a timely way.

Whole-of government response during times of crisis is coordinated seamlessly.

Achieved

4.3

Provide comprehensive, influential and timely advice and coordination on Defence Capability, operations and strategic policy, including the establishment of a sovereign and sustainable Australian defence industrial base.

PM&C supports the delivery of the 2020 Defence Strategic Update and the associated Integrated Investment Program.

Achieved

4.4

Support the Prime Minister as chair of NSC to secure decisions and drive implementation of:

  • sovereign capabilities and countering foreign interference;
  • cyber security refresh;
  • strengthening protections for critical infrastructure; and
  • implementation of the Government’s highest foreign policy priorities, such as the Pacific Step-up.

A focused NSC agenda, with clear decision making and management processes and effective implementation of decisions.

Achieved

Purpose 5: Governing well

No

Key activity

Measure

Results

5.1

Provide clear and actionable advice on significant legal risks for Government or ensure they are brought to Government’s attention.

The Prime Minister and his office have timely and comprehensive visibility of significant legal risks for government as they emerge, including through collaboration with other areas of the Department, the Attorney-General’s Department, and relevant portfolio agencies.

Achieved

5.2

Deliver high quality improvements and support for the CabNet+ system for the Cabinet and all customer agencies.

The new CabNet+ system supports ministers and departments to collaborate easily and ensures access to timely information.

On track

5.3

Provide expert advice to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet, portfolio ministers, PM&C and other APS agencies on governance matters relating to the operation of the executive branch of Government.

High-quality expert advice is provided to the Prime Minister on governance matters, including changes to the machinery of government and/or Ministry.

Effective collaboration and coordination with relevant APS agencies on governance matters, including changes to the machinery of government.

Achieved

5.4

Advance Australia’s interests through well-executed programs, including appropriate and effective use of technology, for the Prime Minister’s overseas engagements, virtual summits, visits by Heads of State and Government and state occasions.

PM&C coordinates and delivers high-quality operational support for the Prime Minister’s official overseas engagements, virtual summits, for Guests of Government visits and state occasions.

Achieved

5.5

Ensure the Department as an organisation is fit-for-purpose and ready to perform our functions in line with relevant standards and best practice to support the Prime Minister, Portfolio Ministers, their offices and the executive.

Timely registration and actioning of ministerial correspondence.

Partially achieved

5.6

Establish an effective public data sharing framework through the work of the Office of the National Data Commissioner.

The Office of the National Data Commissioner leads reforms to improve data sharing and use across the APS.

On track

5.7

Ensure Australia’s honours system appropriately recognises worthy Australians.

Timely advice on the administration of Australia’s honours system is provided to the Prime Minister, with a focus on:

  • the implementation of new awards proposed by the Prime Minister
  • ensuring the integrity of the system through appropriate administration of awards.

Achieved

5.8

Support reforms to accelerate APS digital transformation; and drive APS capability development and planning.

PM&C enables whole-of-government collaboration to facilitate good policy development including by coordinating and influencing data activities across agencies and data sharing activities.

Achieved

5.9

Draw on structured policy analysis, agile project management methods and behavioural insights to deliver policy projects.

Contribute to the delivery of the Government’s key priorities through the application of behavioural economics and rigorous evaluation.

Achieved

5.10

Provide high quality support and advice to the National Cabinet and the National Federation Reform Council.

High quality support provided to the National Cabinet and the National Federation Reform Council.

Achieved

Operational and support services to support meetings of Cabinet and committees are managed and delivered to a consistently high standard.

Achieved

5.11

Monitor and report on the implementation of Government priorities.

High quality quantitative and qualitative data provided to the Prime Minister on the status of priorities.

Achieved

5.12

Drive development and delivery of practical reform actions that support the APS to respond to the ongoing crisis and Australia’s recovery from COVID-19, including the implementation of reforms within agencies.

Reforms agreed by the Secretaries Board are implemented and improve APS capability.

Achieved

5.13

Ensure the Department has the capacity and capability to respond to a rapidly changing operating context through the development of an agency-wide workforce strategy including reference to APS Reform and talent and succession planning.

The workforce strategy is developed and implemented.

Achieved

Purpose 6: Preparing well to respond to critical issues

No

Key activity

Measure

Results

6.1

Establish a greater capability to anticipate and establish a rapid and ready response capability.

PM&C has an action plan to anticipate and stand up taskforces to manage critical issues as they arise.

On track

6.2

Support the Government as new priorities arise by responding quickly and flexibly in establishing robust governance arrangements and functions with appropriate resourcing.

Commonwealth whole-of-government coordination, resource mobilisation and support to state and territory jurisdictions during times of crisis are effective.

Achieved

6.3

Support the Government in its efforts to introduce new Emergency Management response architecture.

Commonwealth whole-of-government coordination, resource mobilisation and support to state and territory jurisdictions during times of crisis are effective.

On track

6.4

Support the APS Commissioner in building agile workforce models, including exploring the establishment of a surge workforce capacity which can be mobilised in times of extreme national crisis.

Commonwealth whole-of-government coordination, resource mobilisation and support to state and territory jurisdictions during times of crisis are effective.

Partially achieved

6.5

Support Government in the implementation of agreed recommendations arising from the CSIRO Climate and Disaster Resilience Report submitted to the Commonwealth Government on 30 June 2020.

Commonwealth whole-of-government coordination, resource mobilisation and support to state and territory jurisdictions during times of crisis are effective.

On track

6.6

Contribute to the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements, provide advice to the Prime Minister on the Government’s response, and work with Commonwealth and external agencies to implement agreed recommendations.

Work cooperatively with states and territories to respond to the Royal Commission’s report and implement agreed recommendations.

On track