In Victoria, ministerial officers and public sector employees fulfil different but complementary roles to serve the Government and its Ministers. Effective relationships between departments and ministerial officers are crucial to ensuring that Ministers have the information, advice and support they need to exercise their powers and meet their responsibilities to account to Parliament and the public for the performance of their portfolios.
Serving Government is not intended as the definitive guide to working as a ministerial officer. Rather it sets out some facts and answers some questions about the Victorian public sector that can help incoming ministerial officers to undertake their roles. It reflects the machinery of government changes that came into effect on 1 January 2019 following the 2018 Victorian State Election.