Each G20 host country establishes a temporary secretariat or taskforce for the duration of its term to coordinate the group's work and manage its meetings. The following agencies had lead responsibilities under Australia's G20 host year.
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
The G20 Taskforce in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet oversaw the overall whole of government policy, security and operational arrangements for the G20 in 2014, including the Sherpas meetings and the Brisbane Leaders Summit.
The Treasury led the policy development and logistics for the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meetings (also known as the G20 finance track) and related preparatory meetings. The G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meetings were a critical part of the preparatory process to support the Leaders’ Summit which was held in Brisbane in November 2014.
The finance track composed of G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors who met regularly during the year to discuss the key global macroeconomic policy issues and take coordinated action towards their solutions. International organisations such as the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the United Nations also attended these meetings.
The finance track focussed on financial and economic issues including:
Chairing the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meetings in 2014 provided Australia with a unique opportunity to contribute to a healthy, growing and resilient global economy, which will also boost Australian jobs, living standards and long-term prosperity.
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade steered engagement and policy of Australia's development and trade agenda with the Development Working Group meetings and the G20 Trade Ministers meeting. International engagement activities under Australia's G20 host year were also supported by Australia's diplomatic network.
Department of Employment
The Department of Employment drove dialogue on employment issues and developed strategies for boosting workforce participation through the G20 Task Force on Employment meetings followed by the Labour and Employment Ministers meeting.