Prime Minister and Cabinet
Audit strategy overview
The Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio agencies produce a range of outcomes and outputs, which assist in providing coordinated, efficient and accountable public administration, supported by a values-based Australian Public Service. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet plays a key role in coordinating portfolio responsibilities in the areas of counter-terrorism policy, national security policy, work and family policy, and freedom of information. It also provides advice to, and support for, the Prime Minister in her capacity as head of the Australian Government and the Cabinet.
Major risks for the department and its portfolio agencies continue to relate to the treatment of complex issues at the forefront of public policy and government administration, and involve change and rapid developments in many areas. These issues include climate change, Commonwealth, state and territory relations and national security, which are included in the audit programs of the relevant portfolios.
The Administrative Arrangements Orders of 14 September 2010 transferred responsibility for arts and cultural policy and the oversight of Australia’s national cultural institutions to the Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio. The future audit program will cover the portfolio’s new arts and cultural responsibilities.