DPC supports the following portfolios:
- Deputy Premier
- Special Minister of State
- Aboriginal Affairs
- Industrial Relations
- Multicultural Affairs
DPC also provides administrative support to the following entities or agencies (and a number of non-statutory boards, panels and committees not listed below). In addition, DPC provides administrative support to a number of non-statutory boards, panels and committees not listed here.
Electoral Boundaries Commission
The (EBC) is responsible for maintaining the boundaries of Victoria’s Legislative Council regions and Legislative Assembly districts – 96 separate electorates. The EBC regularly reviews the boundaries to ensure approximate equal enrolment, prescribed by statute as not varying by more than 10 per cent from the average enrolment per seat for each House of Parliament.
Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission
The (IBAC) is Victoria’s independent anti-corruption and police oversight agency, responsible for preventing and exposing public sector corruption and police misconduct. IBAC’s jurisdiction covers the entire Victorian public sector including all government departments, agencies, local councils, schools and universities, public hospitals, parliamentarians, the judiciary and the police.
IBAC reports directly to the Victorian Parliament and operates under oversight by both state and Commonwealth authorities, including the IBAC Committee and the Victorian Inspectorate.
is an independent statutory authority that provides expert advice and guides decision-making on Victoria’s infrastructure needs and priorities. Infrastructure Victoria has three key roles: prepare a 30-year infrastructure strategy for Victoria; provide advice to the Victorian Government on infrastructure matters; and publish research on infrastructure matters.
Labour Hire Authority
, formerly the Victorian Interpreting and Translating Service (VITS), is a full service language services provider. With more than 2,500 language professions speaking 160+ languages, LanguageLoop works to lessen the limits for non-English-speaking Australians by giving them a voice to enable them to take part in society. With a full suite of telephone, on-site and video interpreting and translating solutions, LanguageLoop connects government and businesses to Australia’s growing global population.
Local Government Inspectorate
The is the dedicated integrity agency for local government in Victoria. Led by the Chief Municipal Inspector, the Inspectorate investigates offences under the Local Government Act 1989 and may examine, investigate and prosecute any matter relating to a council’s operations or electoral matters. Additionally, the Inspectorate conducts compliance audits of councils and delivers a guidance and education program to improve governance and transparency of operations across the sector.
Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel
The transforms policy into legislation and advises the Victorian Government on its legislative program. The office is responsible for ensuring up-to-date, public access to authoritative Victorian legislation. The Chief Parliamentary Counsel is also the Government Printer for Victoria, responsible for printing Victorian legislation.
Office of the Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor
The (FVRIM) is an independent officer of the Parliament who is required to monitor and report on the progress against the government’s family violence implementation plan and the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. The FVRIM is governed by the Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor Act 2016, which took effect from 1 January 2017. The Monitor is required to report the findings of his monitoring activities to Parliament as at 1 November each year.
Office of the Governor
The provides support to the Governor of Victoria and her spouse in carrying out all aspects of their official duties for the benefit of the Victorian community. The Governor’s role includes constitutional and ceremonial duties, community engagement and official municipal, regional and overseas visits – the latter promoting international engagement at the highest level.
Office of the Public Interest Monitor
The Office of the Public Interest Monitor (PIM) represents the public interest and provides greater accountability in collecting evidence from warrants and orders that intrude on the privacy and civil liberties of Victorians. The PIM appears at the hearing of each application for a telecommunications interception warrant, a surveillance device warrant, a covert search warrant, a preventative detention order and various other warrants and coercive orders, to test the content and sufficiency of the information relied on and the circumstances of the application.
Office of the Victorian Government Architect
(OVGA) provides leadership and independent advice to government about architecture and urban design and promotes awareness about how good design can make great places for people. The office encourages the creation of high-quality buildings and engaging public spaces that promote confidence and wellbeing in the community.
Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner
The (OVIC) is the primary regulator and source of independent advice to the community and the Victorian Government about how the public sector collects, uses and shares information. OVIC: promotes and oversees the state’s information privacy regime; established and monitors the Victorian protective data security framework; and conducts reviews, investigates complaints and monitors compliance with the state’s freedom of information legislation.
Public Record Office Victoria
The (PROV) maintains the archives of the State Government of Victoria, holding 100 kilometres of records dating from the mid-1830s to today. PROV manages these for use by the government and people of Victoria. PROV’s collection contains records of decisions, events, people and places that have shaped the history of Victoria.
Shrine of Remembrance
The is Victoria’s largest memorial and an iconic Melbourne landmark. The Shrine Trustees established under the Shrine of Remembrance Act 1978 are responsible for the care, management, maintenance and preservation of the Shrine of Remembrance and the Shrine Reserve. The Shrine of Remembrance is also responsible for delivering ceremonial and commemorative activities and public programs to inform, educate and promote understanding of Victorian veterans’ service.
Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council
The (VAHC) is an independent statutory body created under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006. The council is composed entirely of Traditional Owners and has a number of key functions under the Act including:
- making decisions about Registered Aboriginal Party (RAP) applications
- managing and overseeing RAP operations
- acting as the coordinating body responsible for Aboriginal Ancestral Remains in Victoria
- overseeing the system of reporting and returning Aboriginal secret or sacred objects
- managing the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Fund
- promoting and facilitating research into the Aboriginal cultural heritage of Victoria
- advising the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and others on the protection and management of Aboriginal cultural heritage in Victoria
Victorian Electoral Commission
The (VEC) maintains the electoral enrolment register. It also conducts state and local government elections, statutory elections, commercial and community elections and representation and electoral boundary reviews. The VEC undertakes electoral research and informs and engages Victorians to participate in the democratic process.
The main role of the VI is to ensure that the agencies it oversees, which includes IBAC, the Victorian Ombudsman, OVIC, the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO), the Judicial Commission of Victoria and Office of the Chief Examiner, are using their powers and exercising their functions properly. The VI is required to monitor the use of coercive powers (such as powers to summons and examine witnesses) by each body it oversees and has power to receive and investigate certain complaints made to it about:
- IBAC and its personnel
- Victorian Ombudsman officers
- the Chief Examiner and Examiners
- OVIC officers
- VAGO officers
The VI is also required to inspect and audit relevant records kept by the PIM and report to the Special Minister of State and the parliament on that inspection and audit. The VI also has a compliance role, promoting the public interest by ensuring that agencies that are able to exercise covert powers (intercepting telephone conversations, placing surveillance devices and conducting controlled operations) adhere to their statutory record-keeping and other obligations. VI officers physically inspect and assess records and documents relating to the use of covert powers.
Victorian Multicultural Commission
The (VMC) is a statutory body established in 1983 to promote multiculturalism in Victoria and provide a voice for people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities. The VMC has 12 commissioners and is supported by the Office of the VMC. Its objectives are set out in the Multicultural Victoria Act 2011. The VMC consults widely with individuals and community organisations and provides independent advice to government on settlement outcomes and accessible services and on policy and legislation. The VMC’s grants program, major events and public representation promotes the benefits of multiculturalism and supports the maintenance of cultural heritage.
The is a constitutionally independent officer of the Victorian Parliament. The Ombudsman’s principal function is to enquire into or investigate administrative actions taken in any government department, authority, local council or public statutory body to which the Ombudsman Act 1973 applies. The Ombudsman may conduct an enquiry or investigation as a consequence of a complaint, on her own motion, or on referral from the parliament. The Ombudsman can also investigate a matter that involves corrupt conduct if IBAC refers a complaint or matter (including protected disclosures). The Ombudsman has the power to enquire into or investigate whether an administrative action is compatible with Victoria’s Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006.
Victorian Public Sector Commission
The (VPSC) provides advice and support on issues relevant to public administration, governance, service delivery and workforce matters. The VPSC’s objectives are to: strengthen the efficiency, effectiveness and capability of the public sector to meet existing and emerging needs and deliver high-quality services; and maintain and advocate for public sector professionalism and integrity.
Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission
Victorian Veterans Council
The is an independent statutory body established in 2006 under the Veterans Act 2005. The council reports directly to the Minister for Veterans on issues affecting the Victorian veteran community and is a conduit between the ex-service community and government. It also provides the Minister for Veterans and Director of Consumer Affairs with advice on matters relating to the regulation of patriotic funds and is responsible for distributing the ANZAC Day Proceeds Fund and the Victorian Veterans Fund.
Reviewed 17 September 2019