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The Prime Minister's Office was established on 1st January 1984 on the resumption of full independence and sovereignty of Brunei Darussalam. His Majesty Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Muizzaddin Wadaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan, announced a six-member Cabinet led by His Majesty himself who was concurrently Prime Minister, Home Affairs Minister and Finance Minister.

In October 1986, His Majesty reshuffled the Cabinet. His Majesty relinquished the ministries of Finance and Home Affairs, and took over the Defence portfolio which his late father had held since 1st January 1984. In the reshuffle His Majesty also appointed five new ministers and eight deputy ministers.

On May 24th 2005, His Majesty Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Muizzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam appointed a couple of new cabinet ministers in the Prime Minister's Office, including the post of a Senior Minister, Minister of Energy and a new deputy minister.

Currently there are 21 departments under the purview of the Prime Minister’s Office. The Office is led by His Majesty Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Muizzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam, as the Prime Minister. Under the Prime Minister is the Senior Minister who is His Royal Highness Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince, the Minister of Energy and a Deputy Minister. The Office has 6 Permanent Secretaries. All the Permanent Secretaries are in turn assisted by Deputy Permanent Secretaries and Head of Divisions.

Prime Minister’s Office is the central coordinating body for all Government Ministries and Agencies as it relates to national policies and for the implementation of those policies; it is also the central agency in the management and administration of the Government and the Civil Service.

The offices of the Prime Minister's Office are located at Jalan Kumbang Pasang and Istana Nurul Iman in the capital. The Energy Division is located at Bahirah Building at Jalan Menteri Besar.