Ministerial Arrangements

Media release
26 Aug 2018
Prime Minister

Today I am announcing a new generation Liberal National Coalition team to lead my Government forward and implement our plan to keep our economy strong, keep Australians safe and keep Australians together.

This is a team on the side of Australians; a team focussed on listening to Australians and engaging on the issues that are important to them, and acting on my Government’s priorities.

It will ensure we have the stability necessary and begin the work of healing that is needed after recent events. It will enable us to tackle the big challenges that are before us with some new ideas and a renewed emphasis.

More women have been appointed to Cabinet and the portfolios of Small Business and Industrial Relations have been returned to Cabinet level.

The foundation of this team is a stronger economy. The economic team is spearheaded by Treasurer the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP.

And it is my intention to advise the Governor-General to appoint the following members to the executive.

Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann will resume the role of Minister for Finance and the Public Service and will be re-appointed Leader of the Government in the Senate.

Together both Mr Frydenberg and Senator Cormann will build on the Coalition’s economic achievements - continued strong economic growth, record jobs growth and a path back to budget balance.

The Hon Christopher Pyne MP will be appointed Minister for Defence. Under his continued leadership we will build a stronger defence force. Mr Pyne will continue on as Leader of the House. Queensland MP the Hon Steven Ciobo MP will be appointed as the new Minister for Defence Industry, building the capability of our defence forces and rolling out the defence industry plan.

Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham will be appointed the new Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment. Senator Birmingham will also take on the role of Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate. The Hon Dan Tehan MP will be appointed Minister for Education, to further drive the Government’s agenda for better education.

The Hon Paul Fletcher MP will serve as the new Minister for Families and Social Services. Mr Fletcher is enormously qualified to take on this cabinet position to ensure Australians have continued access to an affordable and sustainable safety net.

The Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP, will become the new Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations, a key portfolio in ensuring that our economy is strong. Ms O’Dwyer will also continue to serve as Minister for Women.

Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash will take on the cabinet level position of Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education and continue to progress our positive small business agenda.

In addition to retaining his existing position as Minister for Communications and the Arts, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield will be appointed a member of the Expenditure Review Committee. Senator Fifield will also take on the role of Manager of Government Business in the Senate.

Three new faces will be added to the Cabinet. The Hon Melissa Price MP will serve as Minister for the Environment, an important focus both for our economy and for the quality of life and the land we love so much.

The Hon Karen Andrews MP will be appointed as Minister for Industry, Science and Technology.

And the Hon Angus Taylor MP will join Cabinet as Minister for Energy. Mr Taylor’s primary focus will be on continuing to get electricity prices down for Australian households and businesses.

The Hon Peter Dutton MP will remain in the key role of Minister for Home Affairs where he has served with distinction by continuing to protect our borders and keep Australians safe.

Unfortunately there isn’t a place for everyone in Cabinet. I thank the Hon John McVeigh MP for his service as the Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories. The Deputy Prime Minister will take on Regional Development among his existing portfolio responsibilities, while Deputy Leader of the Nationals, Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie will add the roles of Minister for Regional Services, Local Government and Decentralisation to her current responsibility as Minister for Sport.

As announced, the Hon Julie Bishop MP has decided to resign her position as Minister for Foreign Affairs. Ms Bishop will remembered as one of our greatest ever foreign ministers. I thank her for her tremendous service to our nation.

Senator the Hon Marise Payne will take on her previous role as the new Minister for Foreign Affairs. Senator Payne has served Australia with distinction as Defence Minister and is well respected internationally, and is well placed to fill Ms Bishop’s shoes.

I also thank the Hon Michael Keenan MP for his service to Cabinet. Mr Keenan will continue in the Ministry in his current role of Minister for Human Services with the additional responsibility of Minister for Digital Transformation.

Turning to changes elsewhere in the Ministry, the Hon David Coleman MP will take on the position of Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs.

The Hon Stuart Robert MP will be appointed as Assistant Treasurer.

The Hon Alan Tudge MP will be appointed Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population.

The Hon Alex Hawke MP will take on the role of Special Minister of State.

Senator the Hon Anne Ruston will move to the position of Assistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific.

Tasmanian Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck will take on the position of Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources.

Senator the Hon Zed Seselja will be appointed Assistant Minister for Treasury and Finance.

The Hon Sussan Ley MP will take on the role of Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories.

Senator David Fawcett will take on the role of Assistant Minister for Defence, Steve Irons MP will be appointed Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister, Andrew Broad MP will take on the responsibility of Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Senator Linda Reynolds CSC will be appointed the Assistant Minister for Home Affairs. Regional MP Scott Buchholz will take on the position of Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport. Sarah Henderson MP will be appointed as Assistant Minister for Social Services, Housing and Disability Services and Michelle Landry MP will be appointed as the Assistant Minister for Children and Families.

I am also pleased to announce the appointment of a special envoy.
The Hon Barnaby Joyce MP will be appointed as our Special Envoy for Drought Assistance and Recovery. Mr Joyce will be on the ground ensuring that our farmers and communities in drought affected regions are heard across government.

I thank those who served in the previous Coalition ministry for their contributions.