About the Department

The Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) leads the NSW public sector to deliver on the NSW Government's commitments and priorities.

Our mission is to enhance the lives of the people of NSW by driving priorities, brokering outcomes and delivering programs and services.

We support the NSW Premier and Ministers by:

  • carrying out a coordinated policy, project and reform agenda that boosts the efficiency, productivity and effectiveness of NSW
  • partnering with NSW Government agencies, as well as the private, not-for-profit and academic sectors, to ensure that services are delivered on time, within budget and to the community’s expectations
  • coordinating the initiatives of Ministers and their agencies to achieve the government’s targets
  • managing the passage of government legislation
  • supporting the delivery of major projects
  • coordinating and planning significant state events
  • working with the federal government and other state and territory governments on national reforms.

DPC is made up of five groups

The Commercial and Economic Group is responsible for economic development, infrastructure, planning, land use and resources policies.

The group works to improve productivity, ensure the best division of resources and help major projects. The group also supports on-time delivery against government goals and targets through benchmarking and performance reporting.

The group oversees three subcommittees of Cabinet: the Expenditure Review Committee, the Cabinet Standing Committee on Infrastructure (CIC) and the Cabinet Standing Committee on Resources and Land Use.

There are three branches within the group:

  • State Economy
  • Cities
  • Resources and Land Use

The Social Policy Group provides advice and strategic support to the government on social policy and intergovernmental matters as well as Cabinet processes.  Supporting the government’s agenda to improve the lives of people in NSW, the group generates new policy ideas and provides active leadership in the national policy agenda.  The group collaborates on issues and brokers evidence based solutions to complex social policy matters.

The group also supports the Social Policy Cabinet Committee and the Counter Terrorism and Emergency Management Cabinet Committee.

Areas of focus include:

  • Health
  • Education
  • NDIS Reform
  • Justice, Police and Emergency Services
  • Intergovernmental Relations
  • Family and Community Services

Governance provides legal and policy advice.

The office also develops and carries out policy reforms within the Premier’s portfolio, assists with whole-of-government priority reforms, and manages DPC’s litigation and external legal services (except employment matters).

The office is made up of the Legal Branch and Information Access Unit (IAU).

The Legal Branch carries out constitutional, integrity and electoral legislation.

IAU manages DPC’s compliance with the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 and helps the secretary carry out the government’s Register of Lobbyists.

The group uses insights and data to work across government to improve outcomes for customers and citizens, including through the delivery of the 12 Premier’s Priorities. The group is home to the NSW Customer Service Commission, Behavioural Insights Unit, the Premier’s Implementation Unit and Communications and Engagement.

The role of Customer Service Commissioner was created in 2012 and was the first of its kind in Australia. The Customer Service Commission drives customer service reforms across government to ensure that the customer is placed at the centre of government service provision and delivery.

The Behavioural Insights Unit aims to enhance the lives of the people of NSW by using behavioural science to improve the effectiveness of public services and policy. The unit works across the NSW Government applying insights into the way people think and act to design government programs, services and communications. The unit runs rigorous trials to make sure that what we do actually works to improve people’s lives.

The Premier’s Implementation Unit supports the Premier in driving delivery of the Premier’s Priorities. The unit provides independent oversight of performance, questions and interrogates progress and works closely with agency implementation teams to support delivery, ensure risks are managed, and address barriers. The unit will remain steadfastly focused on delivery of the Premier’s Priorities and will work collaboratively to promote clarity and transparency of progress on delivery. There are 12 Premier’s Priorities:

The Communications and Engagement Branch engages and informs citizens, communities and stakeholders about the objectives, projects and priorities of the Premier and Deputy Premier and the work and achievements of the government and department.

It leads improvements in communication and engagement across the NSW public sector, delivers strong community and stakeholder engagement for the Premier and Deputy Premier’s programs and initiatives, and creates and delivers the best government-run events in Australia.

The Regional NSW group is responsible for delivering better outcomes for the people of regional NSW. It promotes a government-wide approach to:

  • providing quality services and infrastructure in regional NSW
  • identifying and activating economic potential.

The group:

  • analyses data so that regional policies are based on evidence
  • prioritises funding programs for regional NSW
  • works directly with businesses in the regions to identify opportunities for economic growth
  • influences agencies across government so that regional communities are at the forefront of government thinking and activity
  • liaises across jurisdictions and all levels of government to ensure that cross-border services are integrated and aligned where possible.

Regional Coordination works with agencies to ensure that government-wide priorities are met at a regional level.

Most of our staff are long-term residents of the regional communities the group supports. They bring a unique localised perspective to our work.

Our Executive

Mr Tim Reardon
Secretary – Department of Premier and Cabinet 

Ms Sonja Stewart 
Deputy Secretary, Social Policy

Ms Amy Brown 
Deputy Secretary, Commercial and Economic Group

Mr Glenn King
Deputy Secretary, Customer Behavioural Insights and Delivery Unit
Customer Service Commissioner

Mr Gary Barnes
Deputy Secretary, Regional NSW

Ms Karen Smith 
Deputy Secretary, Governance