The Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC) is a department of the Government of South Australia. It is the main agency supporting the Premier and Cabinet by developing policy and delivering their programs.

Purpose and role

As of 2019, DPC's purpose and role includes the following:[1][2]

  • Delivering specialist policy advice to the Premier
  • Helping Cabinet to function effectively as a decision-making body
  • Overseeing Commonwealth-state and international diplomatic relations
  • Providing a single agency focus in delivering core functions for:
    • Aboriginal community support and advice, including reconciliation and employment opportunities
    • multicultural affairs
    • leading, developing, funding and coordinating the arts, cultural and creative sector, including the care of the state’s collections, buildings and other assets within this sector
  • Leading whole-of-government reforms and initiatives based on the Premier’s vision for South Australia
  • Leading policy reform and delivering effective platforms for a strategic approach to communications, community engagement, cyber security, and digital technology and infrastructure.

Arts and culture

As of late 2018, after Steven Marshall's appointment as Premier after the March election, DPC took over most of the responsibilities previously under Arts South Australia, with others going to the Department of Innovation and Skills or Department of Education.[3][Note 1]

The statutory authorities taken over directly are:[3]

The biennial Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature are managed by the State Library of South Australia (which is under the DPC).[5]

In September 2019, the "Arts and Culture Plan, South Australia 2019–2024" was created by the Department.[6] Marshall said when launching the plan: “The arts sector in South Australia is already very strong but it’s been operating without a plan for 20 years”.[7] However the plan does not signal any new government support, even after the government’s A$31.9 million cuts to arts funding when Arts South Australia was absorbed into DPC in 2018. Specific propoals within the plan include an “Adelaide in 100 Objects” walking tour, a new shared ticketing system for small to medium arts bodies, a five-year-plan to revitalise regional art centres, creation of an arts-focussed high school, and a new venue for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.[8]

Publications and online resources

The department's activities are summarised in its Annual Reports. Other publications include range of policies, guidelines, reports and other documentation. [9]

Lobbyist Register

The Department maintains a register of all third-party political lobbyists who are currently lobbying in South Australia. The register includes the trading names of lobbying entities, names of persons engaged in lobbying and current lists of the clients they commercially represent.[10]

Recent CEOs

When in opposition, then Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas criticised the salary paid to Russell as CEO, but when McDowell was appointed, the A$550,000 annual salary was defended by Premier Marshall.[14]

See also


  1. ^ See Arts South Australia article for list of other arts organisations and funding taken over by other departments.


  1. ^ "Our purpose". Government of South Australia. Dept Premier & Cabinet. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Responsibilities". Government of South Australia. Dept Premier & Cabinet. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "About arts and culture". South Australia. Dept of the Premier and Cabinet. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Home". Country Arts SA. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Awards and events". South Australia. Dept of the Premier and Cabinet. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Arts and Culture Plan South Australia 2019–2024". Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  7. ^ Richards, Stephanie (2 September 2019). "Marshall "considering" concert hall as part of new arts plan". InDaily. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  8. ^ Marsh, Walter (2 September 2019). "New Arts Plan and review suggest arts sector learns to live with less government support". The Adelaide Review. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  9. ^ "ODepartmental resources and publications". Government of South Australia. Dept Premier & Cabinet. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  10. ^ "Lobbyist registration". Government of South Australia. Dept Premier & Cabinet. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  11. ^ a b Donaldson, David (6 February 2017). "Don Russell takes top SA public sector job". The Mandarin. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  12. ^ Donaldson, David (22 March 2018). "It has been an honour: Don Russell's farewell to SA public servants". The Mandarin. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  13. ^ Donaldson, David (27 July 2018). "Former defence industry boss Jim McDowell appointed SA's top public servant". The Mandarin. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  14. ^ MacLennan, Leah (26 July 2018). "SA Premier in favour of $550,000 annual pay for top public servant". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 23 August 2019.

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