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Purpose 1: Growing our economy, incomes and creating jobs

Summary

PM&C achieved 8 of the 9 performance measures under Purpose 1 in the 2020–21 reporting year and is on track to deliver the remaining one over the forward estimates. The detailed performance analyses and case studies below demonstrate PM&C’s performance against each key activity, measure and target to support the purpose of growing our economy and incomes and creating jobs.

Results: Key Activity 1.1

Key activity

Measure

Target

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.

  • Accelerate Australia’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, including getting Australians back into jobs and supporting sustainable economic growth by developing, coordinating and implementing the Government’s JobMaker Plan.

Source

Corporate Plan 2020–24, pp 8–11

Result

Achieved

Methodology

Evaluation through data analysis and stakeholder survey

Analysis

PM&C achieved its measure and target under this key activity by assisting the Prime Minister and the Expenditure Review Committee of Cabinet to continue to rapidly respond to the COVID-19 crisis and support the economic recovery.

PM&C played a central role in convening expertise to design policies that would support Australian employees through the most severe global economic crisis since the Great Depression. Through the JobMaker Plan, in addition to measures to provide financial support to businesses and households in response to COVID-19, the Australian labour market recovery has experienced a significant turnaround. While risks to the labour market from further COVID-19 outbreaks remain, labour market data to date shows this improvement.

External stakeholders were surveyed and rated PM&C’s efforts in seeking their views and coordinating policy development across the government as very positive. These stakeholders felt supported during the implementation phase of the Government’s JobMaker Plan.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Labour Force data shows that the number of employed persons grew by 748,800 between June 2020 and May 2021 – an increase of 6.1%. The number of unemployed people fell by 281,700 over the same period – a decrease of 28.7%.

The number of payroll jobs increased by 7% from June 2020 to May 2021, while the number of JobSeeker claims (no earnings) fell from 1,223,295 persons in June 2020 to 792,372 in May 2021 – a decrease of 35.2%.

Performance for this activity has been strongly dependent on the external economic environment and success is attributable to a wide range of factors. However, it is clear that implementation of the Government’s JobMaker Plan has strongly supported these outcomes.

Results: Key Activity 1.2

Key activity

Measure

Target

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.

  • Quality of advice received demonstrably supports the Prime Minister in coordinating and implementing policies and programs.
  • Effective coordination between international and domestic efforts to support and respond to digital transformation.
  • The advice considers the views of all relevant stakeholders, including industry, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the states and territories.

Source

Corporate Plan 2020–24, pp 8–11

Result

Achieved

Methodology

Evaluation through delivery of milestone and stakeholder survey

Analysis

PM&C achieved its measure and targets under this key activity through the work of the multi-agency Digital Technology Taskforce, led by PM&C.

In 2020–21 the taskforce developed and released a Digital Economy Strategy to guide Australia’s digital development and ensure Australia is a leading digital economy and society by 2030. The Digital Economy Strategy sets out how the Government’s domestic and internationally focused initiatives and investments are intended to work together to support the Australian Government’s strategic objectives.

The Digital Technology Taskforce also assisted in the development of 2 Budget packages associated with the Digital Economy Strategy. The Budget packages comprised over 45 measures across 10 portfolios, with close to $800 million invested in the Digital Business Plan at the October 2020–21 Budget and $1.2 billion in the 2021–22 Budget context.

In developing the strategy and Budget packages, the Digital Technology Taskforce consulted widely across government and the private sector, including through the Digital Experts Advisory Committee (DEAC) and a Digital Technology Interdepartmental Committee (IDC), involving 17 agencies and 14 portfolios. The taskforce successfully coordinated 4 DEAC meetings and 5 Digital Technology IDC meetings in 2020–21. It also provided high-quality advice to the Prime Minister and responsible ministers on initiatives to achieve the Government’s digital priorities.

Responses to the release of the Digital Economy Strategy have been broadly positive. Stakeholder feedback on the work of the Digital Technology Taskforce was also positive and we received complimentary feedback from ministerial offices on the Taskforce’s advice. The independent stakeholder survey found that the majority of stakeholders provided positive feedback.

Results: Key Activity 1.3

Key activity

Measure

Target

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.

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.

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

Ensure regulatory settings are fit-for-purpose, well-designed and implemented, achieving the intended outcome with the lightest touch by progressing deregulation through a number of avenues:

  • Secretaries Board, as stewards of regulatory policies, to ensure regulatory settings are fit-for-purpose (efficient, effective, clear, resilient) and that implementation is best practice.
  • Development of proposals for government decision, and to include Regulation Impact Assessments where needed.
  • Deregulation Taskforce deep dives into priority areas that are complex, cross portfolio and/or cross jurisdictional.
  • Contributing to and supporting a coordinated and ambitious National Deregulation Agenda.

Source

Corporate Plan 2020–24, pp 8–11

Result

Achieved

Methodology

Evaluation through data analysis, service delivery and stakeholder survey

Analysis

PM&C achieved its measures and targets under this activity through its work to progress the Government’s Deregulation Agenda.

The Deregulation Agenda aims to reduce barriers to productivity growth and competitiveness; and ensure that regulations are well designed, are fit for purpose and support businesses. In 2020–21, PM&C supported the refreshed Deregulation Agenda by working across the APS to ensure regulatory settings are fit for purpose, government proposals are supported by robust regulatory impact analysis and regulator performance is best practice. PM&C also undertook deep dives into complex, cross-jurisdiction regulatory issues.

Under the Government’s approach to regulation, ministers, secretaries and agency heads are ultimately the stewards of the regulations and regulatory approaches that fall under their authority. Reflecting this approach, PM&C worked with the Secretaries Board, the Prime Minister and the Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Hon Ben Morton MP, to identify opportunities for regulatory reform and deregulation.

PM&C delivered Deregulation Packages of $92.1 million in the 2020–21 Budget and $134.6 million in the 2021–22 Budget for measures that support Australia’s economic recovery by reducing regulation compliance costs for businesses interacting with government.

The PM&C Deregulation Taskforce also undertook 4 deep dives into complex, cross-jurisdiction regulatory issues to identify initiatives to streamline regulation. A result of one of these activities is the Automatic Mutual Recognition legislation, which will cut red tape for licensed workers by reducing cross-jurisdictional regulatory burdens without watering down safeguards.

The Deregulation Taskforce also supported the establishment of the new cross-agency taskforce on supporting Simplified Trade Systems.

In 2021, the Government released the new Regulator Performance Guide, which establishes the Government’s expectations for regulator performance and reporting and supports regulator best practice. The guide sets out 3 principles of regulator best practice, and brings reporting under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act). PM&C supported the Government in producing the guide and provided guidance and support to ministers, departments and regulators on issuing Ministerial Statements of Expectations for regulators in line with the new reporting arrangements. PM&C also put governance structures in place to share best practice and bring a regulators perspective. Under the new structure, a Regulator Leadership Cohort reports to the Secretaries Board.

Over the financial year PM&C guided policy makers through the regulatory impact analysis framework, ensuring all major decisions of government were supported by regulatory impact analysis. In 2020–21, PM&C’s Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR) provided over 2,690 training hours to other Commonwealth agencies on impact analysis and policy-making processes and is on track to deliver training in evidence-based analysis to most APS graduates in the 2021 calendar year. OBPR provided advice on each proposal that the Government considered, and it published over 96 finalised pieces of analysis – a significant increase on the long-term average of 70 to 80 pieces of analysis per year.

PM&C engaged Commonwealth agencies, jurisdictions, international organisations, industry and business to identify, develop and lead regulatory reforms as part of the Deregulation Agenda. This included working with the Council on Federal Financial Relations on reform priorities including occupational mobility and a forward work plan.

The majority of external stakeholders provided positive feedback on PM&C’s efforts in driving the Government’s deregulation agenda. Stakeholders were highly satisfied with our support in implementing Government priorities and our consultation across government. Our stakeholders were particularly complimentary about the training provided by the OBPR. Ministerial feedback relating to PM&C’s quality and timeliness of advice was rated as very positive.

Factors that influenced performance included the impact of COVID-19 on Government policy and the operations of PM&C and other departments; and a strong focus on deregulation as part of the Government’s economic recovery strategy.

Note: the Deregulation Taskforce was being moved from the Department of the Treasury to PM&C during the drafting of the Corporate Plan 2020–24. Its original targets were included in the plan provisionally. Since the publication of the Corporate Plan, the Deregulation Taskforce and the Economic Division in PM&C worked to synergise their work on the Deregulation Agenda, regulatory policy, and better practice regulation. As a result, the performance measure and targets were updated in the APS to reflect the broader ambit of the work now undertaken by the responsible areas across these divisions.

Results: Key Activity 1.4

Key activity

Measure

Target

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.

  • Quality of advice received demonstrably supports the Prime Minister in coordinating and implementing policies and programs.
  • The advice considers the views of all relevant stakeholders, including industry, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the states and territories.

Source

Corporate Plan 2020–24, pp 8–11

Result

Achieved

Methodology

Evaluation through delivery of milestone and case study

Analysis

PM&C achieved its measure and targets under this key activity through its work on the 2020 Women’s Economic Security Statement and the Women@Work measure.

The 2020 Women’s Economic Security Statement, released in October 2020, aims to create more opportunities and greater choice for women and support them to build economic security as we recover from COVID-19. It builds on the 2018 statement and complements the Government’s JobMaker Plan initiatives. Under the new statement, the Government has committed $240.4 million over 5 years for a wide range of targeted measures to support women to strengthen their employment opportunities, pay, participation and flexibility.

The 2020 Women’s Economic Security Statement sets out 5 key priorities:

1. Repair and rebuild women’s workforce participation and further close the gender pay gap.

2. Provide greater choice and flexibility for families to manage work and care.

3. Support women as leaders and positive role models.

4. Respond to the diverse needs of women.

5. Support women to be safe at work and home.

PM&C’s Office for Women led the development of the statement, which was developed in collaboration with other Commonwealth agencies. We have continued this collaboration to monitor implementation of the initiatives. All initiatives are completed or on track for completion.

The Women’s Economic Security Statement included a new Women@Work measure under the Women’s Leadership and Development Program. The Office for Women took on responsibility for delivery of the new measure (see the case study below).

Case study: Women’s Leadership and Development Program

The Women’s Leadership and Development Program (WLDP) delivers a range of projects that benefit Australian women by increasing and improving participation and representation opportunities; improving safety and economic security; and increasing leadership opportunities. The WLDP aims to improve outcomes for Australian women in 6 key focus areas: women’s job creation; women’s economic security; women’s workforce participation; women’s leadership; women’s safety; and international engagement.

PM&C’s Office for Women (OFW) administers the program and works in a collaborative partnership with the Community Grants Hub to ensure grants under the program are delivered in line with best-practice governance standards.

During 2020–21, the OFW was focused on delivering additional funding to the WLDP as part of the Women@Work measure in the 2020 Women’s Economic Security Statement. Under the measure, $47.9 million was committed for grants to advance women’s economic security, safety and leadership. The measure added a sixth priority to the WLDP’s original 5 key priorities on women’s job creation and boosted funding for the original priorities. The OFW has supported the Government to fully allocate the additional $47.9 million for WLDP across 63 individual projects that will improve outcomes for Australian women.

The Women@Work measure provided $39.8 million in WLDP grants for new projects under the project grant round. Applications under the round opened on 19 November 2020 and closed on 9 December 2020, and the outcomes were announced on 22 May 2021. A total of 60 organisations received funding to deliver new projects to improve outcomes for Australian women.

The OFW also finalised grant agreements to expand existing projects that support women: a $5 million expansion for the Academy for Enterprising Girls program, which provides tools to support young women to become Australia’s next generation of entrepreneurs; a $1.6 million expansion for the Women Building Australia program; and $3.4 million for the Sport Australia Women Leaders in Sport Program.

Implementation of the expanded WLDP delivers on the Government’s priority of repairing and rebuilding women’s workforce participation and further closing the gender pay gap as outlined in the 2020 Women’s Economic Security Statement.

The overall implementation of the WLDP will continue over the forward estimates. The OFW will report regularly on delivery of each funded project against percentage of deliverables achieved under each funding agreement and number of women supported by each project.

Results: Key Activity 1.5

Key activity

Measure

Target

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.

  • Quality of advice received demonstrably supports the Prime Minister in coordinating and implementing policies and programs.
  • The advice considers the views of all relevant stakeholders, including industry, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the states and territories.

Source

Corporate Plan 2020–24, pp 8–11

Result

Achieved

Methodology

Evaluation through data analysis, stakeholder survey and case studies

Analysis

PM&C achieved its measure and targets under this key activity by supporting the Prime Minister at the G20 Summit and other international forums.

In November 2020, the Prime Minister attended the virtual G20 Summit hosted by Saudi Arabia. PM&C’s role was to support the Prime Minister by providing high-quality and coordinated advice on our strategic priorities and interests across the broad suite of G20 issues. The advice we provided for the summit was used to develop policy and briefing products that advanced Australia’s interests and those of our region.

To ensure our advice considered all relevant stakeholders’ views, we consulted and collaborated with other Commonwealth agencies and internal stakeholders. PM&C ensured there was regular stakeholder engagement and oversight of these relationships at both working and official level. At working level, interdepartmental and bilateral meetings were held as required to share information and policy developments. Briefings were supported by clear information, and fortnightly stakeholder mapping meetings provided oversight of the status of our relationships with stakeholders. At official level, senior officials engaged regularly with their counterparts in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of the Treasury.

We applied the same approach to supporting the Prime Minister’s participation at the G7 Summit in June 2021. PM&C coordinated high-quality advice to support the Prime Minister to advance Australia’s interests, and those of our region, through his participation in outreach partner sessions. To inform Australia’s positions, we consulted internal and external stakeholders, including other Commonwealth agencies, international counterparts, academia and civil society.

In addition to the case study below, the evidentiary base for our performance under this key activity includes data and statistics such as records of consultation demonstrating regular whole-of-government engagement and reporting on key G20 Summit meetings; positive stakeholder feedback from colleagues at the departments of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Treasury; Industry, Science, Energy and Resources; and Health. The Office of the G20 Sherpa also conducted an internal survey. Positive stakeholder feedback was also received from the Prime Minister’s Office for our G20 negotiation and advocacy efforts in the lead-up to the summit. Overall, stakeholders provided a favourable assessment on PM&C’s efforts to support the Prime Minister at the G20. Our external stakeholders commended our responsiveness and consideration of their views to add value to policy development, noting the complexities of developing long-term policy in an ever-evolving environment.

Other international forums

In 2020–21, PM&C supported the Prime Minister’s engagement at a range of international forums at which he advocated for Australia’s national interests and further enhanced our engagement with regional partners.

COVID-19 continues to pose significant challenges to international engagement, leading to virtual formats for almost all significant meetings and international forums. Despite these limitations, PM&C provided comprehensive briefing and logistics support that enabled the Prime Minister to engage in important international forums such as the G20 Summit, the ASEAN–Australia Summit, the East Asia Summit, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Summit and the Pacific Islands Forum.

Our high-quality and timely briefing at these events was based on strong coordination across relevant stakeholders to ensure a whole-of-government position was reflected. The quality of PM&C’s engagement with relevant line agencies is evidenced by the highly positive response that external stakeholders provided when they were surveyed about the support that PM&C provided to the Prime Minister.

Case study: 2020 Riyadh G20 Leaders’ Declaration

On 21–22 November 2020, G20 leaders met virtually to chart a path to recovery from COVID-19. The outcomes were issued in a negotiated statement following the summit – the Leaders’ Declaration.

The Leaders’ Declaration at this meeting focused on the COVID-19 response and recovery. It was successfully negotiated and reflected positions advocated by PM&C and the Prime Minister.

PM&C developed Australia’s negotiating position by identifying our strategic priorities and interests across the broad suite of G20 issues. PM&C advocated Australia’s positions throughout the year, then led the formal negotiation process ahead of the Leaders’ Summit. We coordinated the Australian Government positions by engaging with stakeholders within PM&C and across government agencies and consulted other member countries to identify and advance areas of mutual interest. We commented on presidency drafts to shape the outcomes and negotiated the final language at a series of virtual sherpa meetings.

PM&C also supported the Prime Minister to advance Australia’s interests and those of our region at the G20 Summit. For example, G20 leaders agreed to ’spare no effort’ to ensure affordable and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics; and acknowledged the particular challenges faced by small island developing states. The agreed outcomes in the Leaders’ Declaration will help set the economic conditions for global recovery and reinforce support for multilateralism, open markets and the rules-based order, which underpin our national prosperity.

The Leaders’ Declaration helped advance Australia’s national interests and drive international cooperation to chart a path through to recovery, signalling that the Prime Minister and global leaders were united in their determination to protect lives and restore growth.

Case study: Virtual ASEAN–Australia Summit, East Asia Summit and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Summit

On 14–15 November 2020, the Prime Minister met his Indo-Pacific counterparts at the virtual ASEAN–Australia Summit, East Asia Summit and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Summit.

These virtual summits provided an opportunity to elevate Australia’s cooperation in South-East Asia, to further our national interests through our Indo-Pacific relationships, and to discuss Australia’s role in the region’s COVID-19 recovery.

The advice and briefing that PM&C provided to the Prime Minister supported him to engage in important strategic discussions with his Indo-Pacific counterparts at these summits. PM&C also worked with agencies to secure ASEAN’s agreement to annual leaders’ summits with Australia, marking a new chapter in Australia’s strategic partnership with ASEAN.

PM&C worked closely with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and other government agencies to develop a package of over $500 million of economic, development and security initiatives to support South-East Asia’s COVID-19 recovery. The package was announced at the virtual ASEAN–Australia Summit and East Asia Summit.

At the RCEP Summit, the Government signed the RCEP agreement between Australia and 14 other Indo-Pacific countries, signalling our region’s shared commitment to open trade and investment.

These enhanced regional arrangements serve Australia’s interests in a stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific.

Results: Key Activity 1.6

Key activity

Measure

Target

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.

  • Infrastructure investment contributes to short, medium and long term economic recovery and productivity.

Source

Corporate Plan 2020–24, pp 8–11

Result

Achieved

Methodology

Evaluation through stakeholder survey and feedback

Analysis

PM&C achieved its measure and target under this key activity by providing timely advice to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet on the progress of and risks to infrastructure investment in the 10-Year Infrastructure Investment Pipeline and other priority projects.

This was in the form of advice to the Prime Minister, particularly through Cabinet and Cabinet Committee meetings on the Western Sydney Airport, Inland Rail and projects under the Infrastructure Investment Program. We also worked collaboratively with our line agencies, central agencies and other stakeholders to develop advice on progress and risks to delivery.

Stakeholder survey results demonstrated a positive response from external stakeholders, further supporting our performance against this measure.

Results: Key Activity 1.7

Key activity

Measure

Target

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.

  • The freight sector continues to provide the services needed by communities and the economy in a resilient, efficient and adaptive manner.

Source

Corporate Plan 2020–24, pp 8–11

Result

Achieved

Methodology

Evaluation through data/briefing analysis

Analysis

PM&C achieved its measure and target under this key activity by providing advice and assistance to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet on measures to ensure recovery in the freight sector after COVID-19.

PM&C helped ensure the recovery of the freight sector from the impacts of COVID-19 by working across governments to coordinate effective and timely measures in air, road, rail and maritime transport. PM&C coordinated timely advice to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet, which helped the Government to ensure the freight sector continued to provide the services needed by communities and the economy in a resilient, efficient and adaptive manner. An example of this was the development of the Freight Movement Code.

PM&C regularly attended and convened whole-of-government forums such as the National Coordination Mechanism, First Secretaries Group, First Deputies Group and other working groups (including regular meetings with industry). PM&C also provided advice, including risk management advice, to inform decision making on support packages for Australia’s aviation sector throughout 2020–21. This involved coordination with relevant line and central agencies.

Results: Key Activity 1.8

Key activity

Measure

Target

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.

  • Continued downward pressure on energy prices, increased grid resilience, and emissions reductions in line with our international commitments.

Source

Corporate Plan 2020–24, pp 8–11

Result

Achieved

Methodology

Evaluation through stakeholder survey

Analysis

PM&C achieved this measure under this key activity by providing high-quality, whole-of-government advice to the Prime Minister and working closely with the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER) to ensure reliability in the energy market, drive down prices and meet our climate commitments.

Energy and climate policy is a cross-cutting matter across many sectors, including industry, environment, infrastructure, trade and international relations. Therefore, PM&C worked to ensure a broad range of stakeholders from across government were included in policy formulation and advice processes. Stakeholder survey results demonstrated a generally positive response from our external stakeholders.

Through collaboration with DISER and other Commonwealth agencies, alongside extensive briefing to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet, PM&C assisted in the delivery of a number of key packages throughout the 2020–21 and 2021–22 Budget periods. For example:

  • In the 2021–22 Budget, up to $2.4 billion was provided for a fuel security package to secure Australia’s long-term fuel supply and keep prices low for consumers.
  • The 2021–22 Budget also contained a $196 million package to improve the reliability and affordability of electricity for Australian consumers, many in regional Australia.
  • The 2020–21 and 2021–22 Budgets both contained packages to support low-emissions technologies that will grow jobs for Australians while driving down emissions in Australia and abroad: the 2020­–21 Budget committed $1.9 billion; and the 2021­–22 Budget committed $1.6 billion for the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, and $565.8 million for international partnerships to accelerate low-emissions technology uptake and reduce emissions.

By delivering high-quality and timely advice to stakeholders, PM&C ensured complex energy and climate policy was developed consultatively and reflected Government priorities and the interests of the Australian people.

PM&C ensured a whole-of-government approach to international climate advocacy and engagement, including by directly supporting the Prime Minister’s participation in international multilateral and bilateral events.

The establishment of a new Energy and Climate Change Branch, building on the former section with the same remit, ensured PM&C was best placed to deliver rapid, high-quality analysis and advice to our stakeholders to inform an increased volume of key decisions and engagements across the climate and energy policy landscape.

Results: Key Activity 1.9

Key activity

Measure

Target

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.

  • The plan establishes a clear framework for building the scale and resilience, increasing value and creating jobs in Australia’s manufacturing sector.

Source

Corporate Plan 2020–24, pp 8–11

Result

On track

Methodology

Evaluation through case study

Analysis

PM&C achieved its measure and target under this key activity by supporting the Government to deliver new programs to support scale, collaboration and growth in the manufacturing sector over the forward estimates.

In 2021, PM&C provided advice and support to the Prime Minister and Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER), in close consultation with Department of the Treasury, Department of Finance and other relevant agencies, to develop, agree on and release version 1.0 of the 6 National Manufacturing Priority sector roadmaps. We also prepared briefings to support the Prime Minister’s attendance at events to launch and promote the roadmaps and supporting investments. Stakeholder survey results suggest opportunity for further consultations and engagement.

PM&C worked with DISER to finalise implementation arrangements for the supporting grant programs. Round 1 applications for the translation and integration streams of the Modern Manufacturing Initiative have closed and successful projects have been announced. We are also working with DISER to finalise the design and rollout of the Supply Chain Resilience Initiative and the collaboration stream of the Modern Manufacturing Initiative.

Case study: Supporting amendments to the Modern Manufacturing Initiative to deliver a stronger manufacturing sector sooner

The Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI) aims to assist Australian manufacturers to compete internationally and to create jobs. It is a key element of the Government’s Modern Manufacturing Strategy. There are 3 streams under the initiative: translation, integration, and collaboration. The translation and integration streams of the MMI are the Modern Manufacturing Strategy’s key levers to increase manufacturing businesses' integration with global value chains and the translation of research into commercial products and processes. Activities under these streams have been shown to improve the competitiveness of manufacturing businesses and increase the number of people they employ.

There were a large number of excellent applications under the first round of the translation and integration streams. Rather than defer these projects to a future round, the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, the Hon Christian Porter MP, made the decision to bring forward funding from a later round to give support to more projects under round 1. The earlier support for a greater number of projects will have a stimulus effect in the economy and will mean the overarching policy objectives can be achieved sooner.

PM&C supported the agreed implementation arrangements to bring forward funding from later rounds, in consultation with relevant agencies.

We worked with DISER to develop a proposal to bring forward additional funding, while ensuring that sufficient funding remained for later rounds to support ambitious projects from proponents who were unable to apply in round 1. In developing this proposal we ensured that sufficient communications were in place and stakeholder risks were managed.

Following close collaboration with DISER and central agencies, we briefed the Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Hon Ben Morton MP, on a $60 million increase in round 1 of the translation and integration streams of the MMI. The Assistant Minister agreed to the increase.

Additional meritorious projects will be agreed under the translation and integration streams of the MMI, improving the capability of many Australian manufacturing businesses sooner and supporting the economy to recover and create jobs.