AU WA A26 - PREMIER'S DEPARTMENT

Identity area

Type of entity

Corporate body

Legal Status Text

Department

Authorized form of name

PREMIER'S DEPARTMENT

Other form(s) of name

Description identifier

AU WA A26

Description area

Dates of existence

1898-05-01 - 1983-03-30

History

With the advent of responsible government in 1890, the Governor was superseded as the Chief Executive Officer of Western Australia by a Premier and Cabinet who were responsible to Parliament. The first Premier was the Hon. John (afterwards Sir John and later Baron) Forrest, who held the position until 1901. Premier Forrest's office was managed by Frederic D. North, a clerk from the Crown Lands Office who was appointed Secretary and Clerk to the Executive Council in February 1891. North may be regarded as the instigator of the Premier's Department since it was his submission to Forrest which led to the creation of the Department in May 1898.

At its inception, the Department consisted of North (who was styled "Under Secretary"), a shorthand clerk, a records clerk and a messenger. When the Department was first established in 1898 it was gazetted as a sub-department of the Treasury. In July 1901 it became a sub-department of the Attorney-General's Department. A year later it became a sub-department of the Colonial Secretary's Department.

In August 1903 the title of the Premier's "Department" was changed to Premier's "Office", and during the next few years the office was located within the Departments held in the portfolio of the Premiers of the day.

In 1907, the Premier's Secretariat was recognized as a separate entity and was allocated its own appropriation. For the next 34 years it functioned as an autonomous government Department.

In August 1941 it reverted to being a sub-department of the State Treasury. However, its status was restored in January 1948 and since then it has functioned as an independent Department. The changing status names and affiliations of the Department may be summarized as follows:


  • May 1898: Premier's Department - sub-department of the Colonial Treasury;


  • July 1901: Premier's Department - sub-department of the Attorney-General;


  • July 1902: Premier's Department - sub-department of the Colonial Secretary's Office;


  • August 1903: Premier's Department - located within various departments, mainly Treasury;


  • January 1907: Premier's Office - autonomous department;


  • August 1919: Premier's Department - autonomous department;


  • August 1941: Premier's Office - sub-department of State Treasury;


  • January 1948: Premier's Department - autonomous department.

On 1 September 1987 the Department was reorganized and its name changed to the Ministry of the Premier and the Cabinet.

The organisation is known now as the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.

Just as the name of the Department changed, so too did the title of Departmental Heads. The permanent Head of the Department was known variously as "Under Secretary, Premier's Department" (1898-1903); "Secretary to the Premier" (1903-1919); "Secretary, Premier's Department" (1919-1936); "Under Secretary, Premier's Department" (1936-1941); "Secretary, Premier's Office" (1941-1947); and "Under Secretary, Premier's Department" (1948-1987).

In 1917 the Premier's Department assumed responsibility for the office of the Agent-General in London. The Department subsequently administered other agencies including the Government Motor Car Service, Government Printer, Public Service Commission, Railway Advisory Board and the State Gardens Board (afterwards known as the National Parks Board). During the Second World War, when the National Security Act vested the Premier with wide powers, the Department was responsible for such matters as blackouts, hotel hours, race meetings and basic wages.

Later, the Department was to hold responsibility for Royal Commissions and other Commissions of Inquiry, for protocol and for the appointment of Justices of the Peace. As well as providing secretarial and administrative assistance to the Premier and the Executive Council, the Department acted as a liaison between the Government and the Governor and between the Legislature and the Judiciary.

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Relationships area

Related entity

AU WA A27 - DEPARTMENT OF THE PREMIER AND CABINET [1] (1983-03-30 - 1987-08-31)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A27

Category of the relationship

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1898-05-01 - 1983-02-01

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A165 - MINISTRY OF THE PREMIER AND CABINET [2] (1990-03-01 - 2001-07-01)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A165

Category of the relationship

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1898-01-01 - 1983-01-01

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A132 - MINISTRY OF THE PREMIER AND STATE ADMINISTRATION (1989-05-02 - 1990-03-01)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A132

Category of the relationship

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1898-01-01 - 1983-01-01

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A131 - MINISTRY OF THE CABINET AND PUBLIC SECTOR MANAGEMENT (1989-05-02 - 1990-03-01)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A131

Category of the relationship

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1898-01-01 - 1983-01-01

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A28 - MINISTRY OF THE PREMIER AND CABINET [1] (1987-09-01 - 1989-05-09)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A28

Category of the relationship

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1898-01-01 - 1983-01-01

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A1217 - DEPARTMENT OF PREMIER AND CABINET [2] (2001-07-01 -)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A1217

Category of the relationship

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

-

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A28 - MINISTRY OF THE PREMIER AND CABINET [1] (1987-09-01 - 1989-05-09)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A28

Category of the relationship

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1987-01-01 - 1989-01-01

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A27 - DEPARTMENT OF THE PREMIER AND CABINET [1] (1983-03-30 - 1987-08-31)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A27

Category of the relationship

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1983-01-01 - 1987-01-01

Description of relationship

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AU WA A17 - COMMITTEE OF INQUIRY INTO THE FUTURE OF MURDOCH UNIVERSITY (1979-01-01 - 1979-12-31)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A17

Category of the relationship

Superior

Dates of the relationship

1979-01-01 - 1979-12-31

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A724 - 150TH ANNIVERSARY BOARD (1978-08-01 - 1980-02-15)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A724

Category of the relationship

Superior

Dates of the relationship

1978-08-01 - 1980-02-15

Description of relationship

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AU WA A84 - PUBLIC SERVICE ARBITRATOR (1966-01-01 - 1985-03-01)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A84

Category of the relationship

Superior

Dates of the relationship

1966-01-01 - 1973-01-01

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A933 - CIVIL DEFENCE DEPARTMENT (1939-01-01 - 1945-12-31)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A933

Category of the relationship

Superior

Dates of the relationship

1939-01-01 - 1945-12-31

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A65 - FISHERIES DEPARTMENT [2] (1920-01-01 - 1964-09-01)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A65

Category of the relationship

Superior

Dates of the relationship

1933-01-01 - 1938-01-01

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A407 - GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE (1836-02-01 - 1986-09-01)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A407

Category of the relationship

Superior

Dates of the relationship

1922-01-01 - 1942-01-01

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A1921 - THROSSELL, SIR GEORGE (1840-05-24 - 1910-08-30)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A1921

Category of the relationship

Related

Dates of the relationship

1901-02-15

Description of relationship

Appointed as Premier following Sir John Forrest, in 1901 elections

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AU WA A1219 - CAVES BOARD (1902-11-07 - 1910-09-02)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A1219

Category of the relationship

Related

Dates of the relationship

-

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Related unit of description

Series S1408 - PREMIERS DEPT - REORGANISATION

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1902-05-01 - 1902-05-31

Related unit of description

Series S1409 - SUBJECT INDEX (CARDS) (Draft)

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

- 1902-12-31

Related unit of description

Series S1410 - EXECUTIVE COUNCIL - LETTERBOOK

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1909-01-01 - 1911-12-31

Related unit of description

Series S1666 - VISITOR'S BOOKS

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1953-07-24 -

Related unit of description

Series S1411 - ROYAL CELEBRATIONS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE - MINUTES

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1901-05-10 - 1902-06-03

Related unit of description

Series S663 - LETTERBOOKS - OUTWARD CORRESPONDENCE

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1915-09-01 -

Related unit of description

Series S1228 - CABINET MINUTES AND DECISIONS

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1948-01-01 - 1983-12-31

Related unit of description

Series S3028 - FILES - JUSTICES OF THE PEACE/COMMISSIONERS FOR DECLARATIONS

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1900-01-01 -

Related unit of description

Series S2012 - POLITICAL SPEECHES

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1898-05-01 - 1983-03-01

Related unit of description

Series S2013 - POLITICAL NOTES AND ARTICLES

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1975-01-06 - 1977-12-15

Related unit of description

Series S2802 - CABINET AGENDAS

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1967-10-30 - 1983-03-30

Related unit of description

Series S3860 - REGISTERS - INTERDEPARTMENTAL FILES

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1902-01-01 -

Related unit of description

Series S3865 - PRESS STATEMENTS/SPEECHES/BRIEFING NOTES

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1959-09-04 - 1963-10-03

Related unit of description

Series S3102 - FILES - HONOURS AND AWARDS

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

-

Related unit of description

Series S36 - ADMINISTRATIVE AND FUNCTIONAL FILES

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1898-05-01 - 1983-03-29

Related unit of description

Series S3883 - PRESS STATEMENTS (INCLUDING PRESS TRANSCRIPTS)

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1959-06-27 -

Related unit of description

Series S296 - PERSONAL FILES

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1898-01-01 - 1983-01-01

Related unit of description

Series S3891 - MINUTES - 1962 EMPIRE GAMES COMMITTEES

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1959-04-17 - 1963-03-01

Related unit of description

Series S3656 - STATE EMBLEMS - CORRESPONDENCE AND SKETCHES

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1900-07-23 - 1969-12-31

Related unit of description

Series S2397 - PREMIERS CONFERENCES - PAPERS, PROCEEDINGS

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1939-03-29 -

Related unit of description

Series S3177 - CABINET ACCOUNTS - UNREGISTERED FILES

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1933-01-01 -

Related unit of description

Series S3178 - CABINET ACCOUNTS - REGISTERED FILES

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1929-01-01 -

Related unit of description

Series S3179 - PROPOSED LEGISLATION - UNREGISTERED FILES

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1977-03-01 -

Related unit of description

Series S3180 - GOVERNOR'S MESSAGES AND ASSENTS

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

-

Related unit of description

Series S1388 - FILES - WORLD WAR II

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1942-01-20 - 1944-08-11

Related unit of description

Series S3953 - INDEXES - CABINET MINUTES AND DECISIONS

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1965-03-09 -

Related unit of description

Series S3954 - INDEX - CABINET SUB-COMMITTEES (TONKIN MINISTRY)

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1971-01-01 - 1973-12-31

Related unit of description

Series S1394 - INDEX CARDS (SUBJECT-BASED)

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1898-05-01 - 1947-12-31

Related unit of description

Series S374 - FILES AND REPORTS - ALUMINIUM SMELTER TASK FORCE (ASTF)

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1982-09-01 - 1983-01-01

Related unit of description

Series S4849 - ILLUMINATED ADDRESS

Role

Custody

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1901

Related unit of description

Series S4849 - ILLUMINATED ADDRESS

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1901

Control area

Rules and/or conventions used

Status

Final

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Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Sources

Archivist's notes

Reference: Western Australian Yearbook (No. 13-1974), pp. 108-113