Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (New Zealand)

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Te Tari o te Pirimia me te Rūnanga Kāwanatanga
Agency overview
Formed 1990
Jurisdiction New Zealand
Headquarters Level 8, Executive Wing,
Parliament Buildings,
41°16′40″S 174°46′36″E / 41.277899°S 174.776714°E / -41.277899; 174.776714
Annual budget Vote Prime Minister and Cabinet
Total budget for 2016/17
Ministers responsible
Agency executive
  • Andrew Kibblewhite,
    Chief Executive

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) (Māori: Te Tari o te Pirimia me te Rūnanga Kāwanatanga) is the central public service department of New Zealand charged with providing support and advice to the Governor-General, the Prime Minister and members of the Cabinet of New Zealand. The Department is also charged with centrally leading New Zealand's "national security planning, which includes civil defence."[2]

The Department's overall area of responsibility is in helping to provide, at an administrative level, the "constitutional and institutional glue" within New Zealand's parliamentary democracy.[3]

The Department along with the State Services Commission, and The Treasury constitute the central agencies or public service departments leading the state sector of New Zealand.[4]


The Department serves the Executive branch of government (the Governor-General, the Prime Minister and the Cabinet) through the provision of impartial advice and support services.

In addition to serving the Executive, a major role of the department is to help co-ordinate the work of the core public service departments and ministries.

Supporting the Prime Minister and Cabinet

The department supports the Prime Minister's twin roles as leader of the government and chair of Cabinet, and provides three kinds of direct support to the Prime Minister:

Supporting the Governor-General

The department also supports the Governor-General of New Zealand in carrying out his or her functions to represent Her Majesty the Queen of New Zealand.


The department formally came into existence on 1 January 1990, as a result of a report which recommended establishing structures to provide two separate streams of advice to the Prime Minister; one, a new Government department to supply impartial advice and support to the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC), and another, a Prime Minister's Private Office (which is not part of DPMC), to provide personal support and media services, and advice of a party political nature.

Government House was added to the department in August 1990. The National Assessments Bureau (formerly known as the External Assessments Bureau) became part of the department on 1 July 1991.

The department consists of six units.

The Cabinet Office

The Cabinet office produces a number of publications and documents that are crucial to the effective functioning of central government including the Cabinet Manual, Step by Step Guide, Cabinet Office Circulars and Cabinet Office Forms. The Cabinet office is also responsible for the administration of honours, and oversees the development of the honours lists. The Secretary of the Cabinet and Clerk of the Executive Council heads the Cabinet Office and is responsible directly (as Secretary) to the Prime Minister and (as Clerk) to the Governor-General for policy advice and secretariat functions.

Government House

Government House is responsible for providing administrative and support services for the Governor-General to enable him or her to carry out the functions of the office. This includes the maintenance of Government House and its grounds in Wellington, as well as the smaller Government House in Auckland. Government House is managed by the Official Secretary, who reports to the Clerk of the Executive Council.

Policy Advisory Group

The Policy Advisory Group (PAG) is responsible for providing advice on issues of the day directly to the Prime Minister and to other ministers. A part of its job is to co-ordinate the advice coming in from different government departments, so that the Prime Minister is given coherent and impartial advice.

National Assessments Bureau

The National Assessments Bureau (formerly the External Assessments Bureau) is one of New Zealands intelligence agencies, and provides assessments on developments overseas in support of informed policy decision-making in New Zealand's external relations.

Domestic and External Security Group

The Domestic and External Security Group co-ordinates central government action aimed at protecting New Zealand's domestic and external security, including intelligence, counter-terrorism preparedness, emergency and crisis management, and defence operations.

Corporate Services Unit

The Corporate Services Unit co-ordinates recruitment for the department and is responsible for the development and implementation of Human Resource policies and procedures. It provides accounting services and financial reports including Annual Reports and is responsible for listing the department’s contract tenders on the ISO GETS website. It has planning and organisational development responsibilities including the production of Departmental Forecasts and other reporting requirements under the State Services Act 1988. The unit also plays a significant role in information systems development, information technology management and provides a range of support services.


The Department serves 3 portfolios and 3 ministers.[5]

Rt Hon John Key Prime Minister
Minister for National Security and Intelligence
Hon Bill English Deputy Prime Minister
Hon Nikki Kaye Minister of Civil Defence

Head of DPMC

Heads of the DPMC (formerly Secretary, now the Chief Executive) are:

See also

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