The Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business is responsible for national policies and programs that help people find and keep employment in safe, fair and productive workplaces. We also provide advice on small business policy issues and assist the Government in developing an internationally competitive and productive environment for small businesses.
By providing sound policy advice to create jobs, helping job seekers into work and encouraging great workplaces, we foster stronger economic growth.
The Treasury is the pre-eminent economic adviser to the Australian Government. The Treasury contributes to Government policy analysis from a whole of economy perspective and serves the Australian people by assisting the Government to manage emerging domestic and international opportunities and pressures.
The Treasury’s work is challenging and rewarding. We provide advice and manage legislation across a range of issues including tax, the Budget, the economy, financial sector, foreign investment, structural policy, small business and international economic policy. The Treasury also works with State and Territory governments on key policy areas as well as managing federal financial relations.
Treasury also plays a vital role in assisting the Government to understand longer term economic and social trends. This includes developing economic and budget forecasts and projections and preparing the five-yearly Intergenerational Report.
As Australia’s economy continues to transition to broader-based growth, the Treasury is focussed on promoting fiscal sustainability, increasing productivity and workforce participation, and securing the benefits of global economic integration.
The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) provides high quality advice and support to the Prime Minister, the Cabinet, Portfolio Ministers and Assistant Ministers to achieve a coordinated and innovative approach to the development and implementation of Government policies.
We provide advice on major domestic policy, national security and international matters in response to global trends that challenge Australia’s economic prospects, community cohesion and confidence. A primary objective of all our advice is to improve the lives of Indigenous Australians.
PM&C plays a key role in maximising the benefits of economic and social policy reforms as we deliver the Government’s agenda.
The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is Australia’s central bank and derives its functions and powers from the Reserve Bank Act 1959. Its duty is to contribute to the stability of the currency, full employment, and the economic prosperity and welfare of the Australian people. It does this by setting the cash rate to meet an agreed medium-term inflation target, working to maintain a strong financial system and efficient payments system, and issuing the nation’s banknotes.
The RBA provides certain banking services as required to the Australian Government and its agencies, and to a number of overseas central banks and official institutions. Additionally, it manages Australia’s gold and foreign exchange reserves.
The ABS is Australia’s national statistical agency, providing trusted official statistics on a wide range of economic, social, population and environmental matters of importance to Australia.
We also have an important leadership role, coordinating statistical activities and collaborating with official bodies in the collection, compilation, analysis and distribution of statistics. This assists in maximising the value of government investment on these activities, and ensures outputs are fit-for-purpose.
By doing these things, we aim to inform decisions on important issues. We expect this will lead to a more informed community; more efficient markets, economic growth and productivity enhancements; better policy development and evaluation; and targeted and more efficient service delivery.
The Department of Finance provides fiscal and economic advice to the Australian Government and assists it to shape and deliver its priorities and policies, formulate the annual Budget and ensure public expenditure reflects best‑practice financial management. Work in Finance includes advising the Government on: the costs and benefits of expenditure policy proposals; impacts of economic developments on expenditure; and expenditure trends. Finance’s responsibilities also include managing public assets, advancing public sector reform, advising on government investment funds and supporting parliamentarians.
The Productivity Commission is the Australian Government’s independent research and advisory body on a range of issues affecting the welfare of Australians. Its role, expressed most simply, is to help governments make better policies, in the long-term interest of the Australian community. The Commission’s public inquiry and research reports contribute to public debate and policy development across a range of complex and often contentious issues. These generally have a significant economic component, but also can have important social dimensions or environmental implications.
In addition, the Productivity Commission provides secretariat services to the COAG Steering Committee that monitors the performance of government services and indicators of Indigenous disadvantage. The Commission also has a mandate to conduct supporting research.
Further information is available from the Commission’s website: www.pc.gov.au
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The unprecedented pace and scale of global change means Australia will need to pursue its national interests in a more competitive and contested world.
Australia’s Foreign Policy White Paper provides a strategic framework to guide Australia’s international engagement over the coming decade to ensure we seize opportunities and manage risks. Within this framework, the Government has committed to:
- Promote an open, inclusive and prosperous Indo-Pacific region in which the rights of all states are respected
- Deliver more opportunities for our businesses globally and stand against protectionism
- Ensure Australians remain safe, secure and free
- Promote and protect the international rules that support stability and prosperity and enable cooperation to tackle global challenges
- Step up support for a more resilient Pacific and Timor-Leste
DFAT welcomes ongoing engagement as we implement its policy framework and seek to maximise Australia’s opportunity, security and strength into the future.
The Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities is responsible for the design and implementation of the Australian Government’s infrastructure, transport, regional development, cities and territories policies and programs, to support the Government in achieving a strong economy and thriving communities now and for the future. We work to:
- support economic growth through transport
- make travel safer
- increase transport access
- support regional development and local communities
- provide good governance in the territories
The Department of Social Services (DSS) is the Australian Government’s lead agency in the development and delivery of social policy, and is working to improve the lifetime wellbeing of people and families in Australia. DSS’ policies and services respond to need across people’s lives – looking after families, children and older people; providing a safety net for people who cannot fully support themselves; enhancing the wellbeing of people with high needs; assisting people who need help with care; and supporting a diverse and harmonious society. DSS supports people and families in Australia by encouraging independence and participation, and supporting a cohesive society.
IP Australia is the Australian Government agency that administers intellectual property (IP) rights and legislation relating to patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeder’s rights. It contributes to the innovation system by advising government and Australian businesses on IP matters. IP Australia’s Office of the Chief Economist (OCE), established in 2012, supports evidence based policy through the provision of rigorous empirical research. OCE also champions open data through products, such as IPGOD and IPNOVA and strives to raise the awareness of IP economics through IP Australia’s annual flagship publication — the Australian IP Report.
The Centre for Social Research & Methods (CSRM) was established in 2015 as a joint initiative between the Social Research Centre (SRC), an ANU Enterprise business, and the Australian National University. Its expertise includes quantitative, qualitative and experimental research methodologies; public opinion and behaviour measurement; survey design; data collection and analysis; data archiving and management; and professional education in social research methods. Areas within CSRM include PolicyMod (microsimulation modelling team), and the Australian Data Archive.
The Jobs and Innovation Portfolio (consisting of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and the Department of Jobs and Small Business) facilitates economic transformation by promoting investment through innovation, science and research and helps business – particularly small business – grow and be competitive.
We also work to develop skills, capabilities and opportunities that Australian workers need to find a job, or get a better one. Collectively these efforts contribute to stronger growth, better living standards and more jobs.