Delivering a Better Government

Media release
01 Jun 2022
Prime Minister, Minister for Finance, Minister for the Public Service, Minister for Women

Following the swearing-in of the full ministry today we announce the following departmental and administrative changes that will help deliver better government for all Australians. These changes will take effect on 1 July 2022.

A new Department of Employment and Workplace Relations will be created to implement and administer the Government’s workplace relations, jobs, skills and training agenda.

A new Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water will be created to deliver the Government’s job-creating climate change and energy agenda and give Australia’s environment the protection it deserves.

Reflecting key priorities of the Government the Department of Health will be renamed the Department of Health and Aged Care and the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications will be renamed the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts.

The Department of Finance will gain responsibility for data policy, including the Digital Transformation Agency, as well as de-regulation.

The Department of Home Affairs will gain responsibility for natural disaster response and mitigation, including the National Recovery and Resilience Agency.

The Attorney-General’s portfolio will gain responsibility for criminal law enforcement and policy, including the Australian Federal Police.

The new Administrative Arrangements Orders will be published on Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet later today.