Slot gameThe Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) makes information publicly available on this website, and in printed material available for viewing or purchase.
We make as much information publicly available as possible, reducing the need for members of the public to request access to documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) (FOI Act).
The statements below are statutory requirement under the FOI Act. These statements provide a snapshot of the types of information and documents that the department holds, how to access this information and locate publicly available information, and how to make a request for access under the FOI Act. For more information .
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As the leader of the Victorian Public Service, the Department of Premier and Cabinet coordinates the delivery of the government’s agenda and works across government to promote public interest and create public value. DPC supports the Victorian Government’s commitment to a stronger, fairer, better Victoria by pursuing excellence in whole of Victorian Government services delivery and reform. The two central responsibilities of DPC are to advise the government on emerging policy issues and to review the impact of government decisions.
Slot gameDPC supports the following ministers:
- the Premier as head of the Victorian Government and Cabinet
- the Deputy Premier
- the Special Minister of State
- the Ministers for Aboriginal Affairs, Industrial Relations, Equality, Veterans, Women, Youth and Multicultural Affairs
The department also has the responsibility of managing issues that affect the government as a whole.
DPC is comprised of eight main groups that advise and support the functioning of government:
Economic Policy and State Productivity Group
Slot gameThe Economic Policy and State Productivity group is responsible for economic development and strategy, regional and local government outcomes, international engagement, transport infrastructure, planning, priority precincts, and energy, agriculture, resources and environment policy. The group also provides advice across these portfolio areas to maximise the economic and social benefits of government policy.
Fairer Victoria Group
Slot gameThe Fairer Victoria group is responsible for multicultural affairs and social cohesion, equality, veterans, youth, women’s policy, and prevention of family violence. The group works with other government departments, the private sector and communities to give whole of Victorian Government prominence to improving outcomes for diverse cohorts. The group is also responsible for ensuring government services, policies and programs are inclusive of all Victorians.
Governance Policy and Coordination Group
The Governance Policy and Coordination group is responsible for overseeing Cabinet management, digital design and innovation, public sector governance, performance and reform, security and emergency management, cyber security, government shared services, strategic communications, engagement and protocol, the Victorian Centre for Data Insights and the department’s corporate services. The group is also primarily responsible for supporting the Special Minister of State.
Industrial Relations Victoria
Slot gameThe Industrial Relations Victoria (IRV) group is responsible for managing public sector industrial relations, advising on private sector matters, developing regulatory and policy solutions, and overseeing public sector enterprise bargaining and dispute management. The group is also responsible for implementing and ensuring compliance with laws governing long service leave, child employment and owner drivers. IRV works with industry and unions to promote positive industrial relations and improve the working standards and conditions of all Victorians.
Jobs and Skills Exchange
Slot gameThe Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) group is responsible for supporting a more agile, flexible and modern public service by providing a whole of Victorian government approach to workforce mobility. The initial primary focus will be on the VPS to enable an agile, responsive and high performing workforce. The group is also accountable to the Special Minister of State
Office of the General Counsel
Slot gameThe Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is responsible for providing legal and legal policy advice to the Premier, DPC’s ministers, the DPC Secretary and the department. OGC advises on the full range of legal issues government faces, including in the areas of administrative, constitutional and corporate law. OGC’s policy focus is on issues in the Premier’s and the Special Minister of State’s portfolios, principally in relation to Victoria’s electoral and integrity systems. OGC is also responsible for supporting the department in the development of legislative proposals.
Service Systems Reform
Slot gameThe Service Systems Reform group is responsible for overseeing a program of whole of Victorian government reforms that address issues of complexity and disadvantage, with a focus on common clients, and place-based initiatives. The group, as part of a cross-government virtual team, is also responsible for supporting the Victorian Secretaries Board Service Delivery Reform sub-group to coordinate and guide community engagement and service delivery reform in Victoria.
Social Policy Group
Slot gameThe Social Policy group is responsible for Aboriginal Victoria and Aboriginal affairs policy, as well as education, justice, health, human services and advice regarding the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The group is also responsible for contributing to the development of strategic social services reforms and monitoring, coordinating the Mental Health Royal Commission and reporting on the delivery of Royal Commission into Family Violence recommendations.
- DPC’s .
- To see the Acts of Victorian Legislation that are administered by or are relevant to DPC, visit the or page 151 to 154 of the .
- To see the key structures and functions of the department, see or page 11 of the .
- To see the key projects and initiatives that DPC will lead in supporting the government in addressing the most complex and whole-of-government challenges, see the .
- DPC is committed to . DPC’s cultural diversity and inclusion strategy outlines key messaging and commitments.
- To see more information on the department’s budget and procurement processes, visit the .
The department produces many documents in the course of its work. The types of documents that DPC handles include:
- policy, procedures and standards:
- administrative materials – corporate/operational, boards, committees
- applications and licenses (Local Government Inspectorate & Labour Hire Authority)
- compliance materials – reports, responses
- instructional materials – standards, policies, procedures, guidelines
- program materials – initiation, operations, evaluation
- project materials – initiation, governance, management
- training and educational material
- briefings and reports:
- for example, briefs to relevant Ministers, the Secretary and Deputy Secretaries
- case files
- compliance and operational
- corporate and Ministerial
- meeting records:
- meeting minutes and agendas
- financial records:
- remuneration and salaries
- procurement materials – tenders, Expressions of Interest, contracts
- human resource management:
- recruitment, payroll, employee records, HR data/statistics
- audio-visual material
Documents held by the department are organised under categories according to the department’s Business Classification Scheme:
- community relations (includes the function of Grant Funding)
- corporate support (incorporates functions such as Financial Management, Office and Facilities Management, Human Resource Management, Information and Knowledge Management, Governance, Strategic Management and Technology and Telecommunications)
- cultural support and development
- executive government process support
- government communications (WoVG)
- government relations
- industrial relations
- legal services
- marketing and communications
- portfolio policy advice
- protocol and events
- strategic initiatives (WoVG)
- WoVG co-ordination
- policy, procedures and standards:
Slot gameUnder the FOI Act, all members of the public have the right to request documents held and produced by Victorian Government departments and agencies, subject to certain exceptions and exemptions. For more information about what agencies you can request documents from under the FOI Act, visit the Office of the .
How to make an FOI request to DPC
To make a valid request for access to documents held by DPC, the request must:
- be in writing
- describe the documents to which you are seeking access as clearly and specifically as possible
- be accompanied an application fee of $29.60 or evidence that paying the application fee would cause you hardship (for example, a scanned copy of a Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card)
Slot gameIf you are requesting documents about your personal affairs information, photo identification should be provided.
A request for access to information can be or via post to the following address:
Freedom of Information Officer
Department of Premier and Cabinet
GPO Box 4912
Melbourne VIC 3001
Once DPC FOI has received the request, it will be assessed for validity under section 17 of the FOI Act and any other relevant sections.
Access charges may apply to the search, photocopying, retrieval and creation of documents. DPC FOI will inform you of any access charges that may apply to your request and consult with you in this regard.
OVIC is an independent regulator with combined oversight of information access, information privacy, and data protection. If you wish to seek more information about Freedom of Information in Victoria, or wish to make a complaint, or seek a review of an FOI decision visit .
Slot gameThere are rules, policies and procedures in place to govern the daily operations of the department, for example:
- Manuals of procedure,
- Interpretations of governing statutes,
- Statements of policies and documents concerning method of enforcing acts or schemes.
Reviewed 13 May 2020