Our strategic focus
As a central agency of the South Australian Public Sector, the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC) provides a unique advisory role and whole of government perspective to priority issues for the Premier and the Cabinet.
We work in partnership and collaborate with public sector agencies to ensure integrated approaches to policy, projects and program delivery.
The Premier and the Cabinet can fulfil their objectives for South Australia and deliver outcomes for the South Australian community.
The public sector values underpin everything we do:
- Collaboration and Engagement
- Honesty and Integrity
- Courage and Tenacity
Our functions, objectives and deliverables
The Department of the Premier and Cabinet is the lead agency supporting the Premier and Cabinet by developing policy and delivering programs to realise the government's vision for South Australia.
DPC’s strategic goals for 2019-2020 were:
- Lead whole of government policy, major initiatives and projects that deliver outcomes in line with the Premier and Cabinet’s priorities.
- Drive strong policy outcomes across government portfolios through accurate, timely and evidence-based advice, collaboration and coordination.
- Deliver programs and services within the Premier’s portfolio responsibilities that support South Australian communities.
- Support the Premier to lead a well administered, Cabinet-led government.
- Be a high performing and effective central agency.
Further information about our functions and responsibilities is available on our website.
Our organisational structure
The organisational chart reflects the structure of the agency as at 30 June 2020.
The Department of the Premier and Cabinet comprises of the following divisions:
- Cabinet Office coordinates and supports the Cabinet process, monitors the delivery of the government’s priorities and commitments, and coordinates cross government economic and social policy. Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation works with Aboriginal people, communities and organisations and leads Aboriginal policy across government.
- The Intergovernmental and Diplomatic Relations division represents South Australia’s interests in intergovernmental forums. It delivers state events and manages inbound and outbound international and diplomatic missions. It leads whole of government emergency management and security governance, initiatives and issues, and the French strategy and population policy.
- The ICT and Digital Government division drives the strategic priorities for the department and the South Australian Government in the areas of cyber security, digital government, engagement, ICT technology and innovation.
- The Office for Data Analytics leads public sector data analytics initiatives. It advises on and administers the Public Sector (Data Sharing) Act 2016 andthe Information Sharing Guidelines to create a data-driven government.
- The Lot Fourteen project team leads the strategic development, management and delivery of the Lot Fourteen project and precinct.
- The Performance and Reform unit leads projects that work to enhance the performance of the South Australian Public Sector.
- The Communities and Corporate division provides departmental and across-government support and direction across communications, people and culture, finance, business and projects and ICT services. It delivers the state’s Arts policy and programs, preservation and conservation of art and historical items, and develops multicultural policies and programs to promote cultural diversity in South Australia.
- The Disaster Rebuilding and Resilience unit is responsible for driving a comprehensive strategy to rebuild the economic and social infrastructure of these communities and enhance their resilience to future threats.
Changes to the agency
During 2019-2020 there were the following changes to the agency’s structure and objectives as a result of internal reviews or machinery of government changes.
New offices established and attached to DPC
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|Disaster Rebuilding and Resilience||January 2020|
Performance and Reform
On 1 April 2020, the Performance and Reform unit was established. The unit sits within DPC and reports to the Chief Executive, DPC.
Mr Mark Duffy was appointed to lead the Performance and Reform.
The unit will work with agencies across government to develop an integrated performance framework and to lead a program of work to refine the accountability of the South Australian Public Sector (SAPS).
In addition, the Performance and Reform unit is responsible for providing secretariat support to the newly-established Executive Committee. The Executive Committee held their first meeting on 19 June 2020 and is the primary executive level decision-making body for the South Australian Public Sector.
Disaster Rebuilding and Resilience
The Disaster Rebuilding and Resilience unit (DRR) was established in recognition of the scale and complexity of the 2019-2020 bushfires. On 15 January 2020, Ms Margot Forster was appointed as the State Lead responsible for this unit. The State Lead reports to the Premier through the Chief Executive, DPC. In late March, the appointment was extended to include the role of State Recovery Coordinator – Bushfires.
The unit’s functions are to provide a single point of coordination to oversee the state government recovery and rebuilding response in support of fire affected communities, including:
- coordinating bushfire funding agreements;
- working directly with the Commonwealth, local governments and key stakeholders on bushfire recovery related policy and programs;
- developing the long-term bushfire recovery and rebuilding plan for the state; and
- coordinating offers from major non-government donors providing support to bushfire-affected communities.
Offices transferred out of DPC
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|Veterans SA||Defence SA|
The Hon Steven Marshall MP is South Australia’s 46th Premier.
The Premier is supported by the Department for the Premier and Cabinet.
In addition to this the Premier is responsible for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, the Arts, Multicultural Affairs, Defence and Space Industries, Veterans’ Affairs and Tourism.
|Email contact details||Mail contact details|
GPO Box 2343 |
Adelaide SA 5001
Our Executive team
As at 30 June 2020, the department’s Executive Leadership Team comprised:
- Mr Jim McDowell, Chief Executive
- Mr Mark Duffy, Chief Executive, Performance and Reform
- Dr Jon Gorvett, Executive Director, Intergovernmental and Diplomatic Relations
- Ms Ruth Ambler, Executive Director, Cabinet Office and Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation
- Mr Peter Worthington-Eyre, Executive Director, Office for Data Analytics
- Dr Eva Balan-Vnuk, Executive Director, ICT and Digital Government
- Mr Steven Woolhouse, Executive Director, Communities and Corporate
- Ms Di Dixon, Lead, Lot Fourteen
- Ms Kelly Biggins, Director, Office of the Chief Executive.
Legislation administered by the agency
The following are Acts committed to the Premier:
- Aboriginal Heritage Act 1979
- Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988
- Aboriginal Lands Parliamentary Standing Committee Act 2003
- Aboriginal Lands Trust 2013
- Adelaide Festival Centre Trust Act 1971
- Adelaide Festival Corporation Act 1998
- Adelaide Festival Theatre Act 1964
- Agent-General Act 1901
- Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Act 1981
- ANZAC Day Commemoration Act 2005
- Art Gallery Act 1939
- Carrick Hill Trust Act 1985
- Competition Policy Reform (South Australia) Act 1996
- Constitution Act 1934
- Emergency Management Act 2004
- Fees Regulation Act 1927
- Government Business Enterprises (Competition) Act 1996
- Infrastructure SA Act 2018
- Libraries Act 1982
- Maralinga Tjarutja Land Rights Act 1984
- Mutual Recognition (South Australia) Act 1993
- Public Sector (Data Sharing) Act 2016
- Remuneration Act 1990
- South Australian Country Arts Trust Act 1992
- South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission Act 1980
- South Australian Museum Act 1976
- State Opera of South Australia Act 1976
- State Theatre Company of South Australia Act 1972
- Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition (South Australia) Act 1999
- Unauthorised Documents Act 1916.
Other related agencies (within the Minister’s area/s of responsibility)
The following offices are attached to, and supported by, DPC.
Office of the Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement
Established in 2007, the Office of the Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement is a primary point of contact for the Aboriginal community to express their concerns about issues that matter to them and have those concerns and issues addressed.
Dr Roger Thomas was appointed as South Australia's Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement on 18 July 2018. The role of the Commissioner is to provide Aboriginal leadership in South Australia, advocating on behalf of all Aboriginal people and communities across the state.
During the 2019-2020 financial year, the Commissioner’s office:
- developed and made recommendations on models to reform the engagement relationship between the South Australian Government and the Aboriginal Community of South Australia
- consulted with the Aboriginal community on key elements of the proposed engagement models
- recommended to government the preferred models for reforming the engagement relationship and strategies to implement a preferred model
- continued to advocate for Aboriginal families and individuals
- represented the Aboriginal community on policy forums in the areas of homelessness, housing, ageing, mental health, corrections, health, education and the environment.
Office of the South Australian Productivity Commission
The South Australian Productivity Commission (SAPC) was established on 22 October 2018 and is supported by the Office of the South Australian Productivity Commission (SAPC), attached to DPC.
The SAPC is led by Chief Executive, Dr Matthew Butlin, and reports to the Premier.
The SAPC is an independent body that makes recommendations to the government to facilitate productivity growth, unlock new economic opportunities, support job creation and remove existing regulatory barriers.
The SAPC is producing an independent Annual Report for 2019-2020, accessible via their website.
Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing
In 2019-2020 the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing (ORSR), led by Chief Executive, Ms Kylie Taylor, was an attached office to DPC. The ORSR reported to the Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing, the Hon Corey Wingard MP.
The ORSR leads the government's policy on sport and active recreation. It develops stronger, healthier and safer communities through active sport and recreation policy, programs, services, infrastructure and elite pathways. It also provides strategic policy advice to the Minister on matters relating to the South Australian racing industry.
The ORSR is producing an independent Annual Report for 2019-2020, accessible via their website.
State Governor’s Establishment
The State Governor's Establishment supports the Governor of South Australia, His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC.
Statutory authorities attached to the department
All statutory authorities attached to the department are producing independent Annual Reports for 2019-2020, accessible via their websites.