Australian Government Departmental Changes 

On the 1st of June, following the swearing-in of the first Albanese Ministry, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet announced new Administrative Arrangements Orders. Administrative Arrangements Orders (AAOs) formally allocate executive responsibility among ministers. They set out which matters and legislation are administered by which department or portfolio. The full administrative orders can be accessed here

Key changes include:

  • A new Department of Employment and Workplace Relations will be established  
  • A new Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water will be established 
  • The Department of Health will be renamed the Department of Health and Aged Care
  • The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications will be renamed the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts.

In addition:

  • The Department of Finance will gain responsibility for data policy, including the Digital Transformation Agency
  • 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 complete Ministry list, divided by portfolio, is listed below. 

For more information, please contact Hawker Britton’s Managing Director Simon Banks on +61 419 648 587.

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Prime MinisterThe Hon Anthony Albanese MP
Minister for the Public Service Minister for Women
Vice-President of the Executive Council
Manager of Government Business in the Senate
Senator the Hon Katy Gallagher  
Minister for Indigenous AustraliansThe Hon Linda Burney MP
Cabinet SecretaryThe Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP
Assistant Minister to the Prime MinisterThe Hon Patrick Gorman MP
Assistant Minister for Indigenous AustraliansSenator the Hon Malarndirri McCarthy

Department of Defence

Minister for Defence Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Richard Marles MP  
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs The Hon Matt Keogh MP
Minister for Defence PersonnelThe Hon Matt Keogh MP
Minister for Defence IndustryThe Hon Pat Conroy MP
Assistant Minister for DefenceThe Hon Matt Thistlethwaite MP
Assistant Minister for Veterans’ AffairsThe Hon Matt Thistlethwaite MP

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Minister for Foreign Affairs
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Senator the Hon Penny Wong
Minister for Trade and Tourism
Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate
Senator the Hon Don Farrell
Minister for International Development and the PacificThe Hon Pat Conroy MP
Assistant Minister for TradeSenator the Hon Tim Ayres
Assistant Minister for Foreign AffairsThe Hon Tim Watts MP

Department of Finance

TreasurerThe Hon Dr Jim Chalmers MP
Minister for Small BusinessThe Hon Julie Collins MP
Assistant TreasurerThe Hon Stephen Jones MP
Minister for Financial ServicesThe Hon Stephen Jones MP
Assistant Minister for Competition, Charities and TreasuryThe Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP
Minister for FinanceSenator the Hon Katy Gallagher
Special Minister of StateSenator the Hon Don Farrell

Department of Employment and Workplace Relations

Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations
Leader of the House
The Hon Tony Burke MP

Department of Education

Minister for Skills and TrainingThe Hon Brendan O’Connor MP
Minister for EducationThe Hon Jason Clare MP
Minister for Early Childhood EducationThe Hon Dr Anne Aly MP
Minister for YouthThe Hon Dr Anne Aly MP
Assistant Minister for EducationSenator the Hon Anthony Chisholm

Department of Health and Aged Care

Minister for Health and Aged Care
(Deputy Leader of the House)
The Hon Mark Butler MP
Minister for Aged CareThe Hon Anika Wells MP
Minister for SportThe Hon Anika Wells MP
Assistant Minister for Health and Aged CareThe Hon Ged Kearney MP
Assistant Minister for Mental Health and Suicide PreventionThe Hon Emma McBride MP
Assistant Minister for Rural and Regional HealthThe Hon Emma McBride MP
Assistant Minister for Indigenous HealthSenator the Hon Malarndirri McCarthy

Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

Minister for Climate Change and EnergyThe Hon Chris Bowen MP
Minister for the Environment and WaterThe Hon Tanya Plibersek MP
Assistant Minister for Climate Change and EnergySenator the Hon Jenny McAllister

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts.

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local GovernmentThe Hon Catherine King MP
Minister for CommunicationsThe Hon Michelle Rowland MP
Minister for the ArtsThe Hon Tony Burke MP
Minister for Northern AustraliaThe Hon Madeleine King MP
Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and TerritoriesThe Hon Kristy McBain MP
Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and TransportSenator the Hon Carol Brown
Assistant Minister for Regional DevelopmentSenator the Hon Anthony Chisholm

Department of Social Services

Minister for Social ServicesThe Hon Amanda Rishworth MP
Minister for the National Disability Insurance SchemeThe Hon Bill Shorten MP
Minister for Government ServicesThe Hon Bill Shorten MP
Minister for HousingThe Hon Julie Collins MP
Minister for HomelessnessThe Hon Julie Collins MP
Assistant Minister for Social ServicesThe Hon Justine Elliot MP
Assistant Minister for the Prevention of Family ViolenceThe Hon Justine Elliot MP

Attorney General’s Department

Attorney-GeneralThe Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP
Assistant Minister for the RepublicThe Hon Matt Thistlethwaite MP

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

Minister for ResourcesThe Hon Madeleine King MP
Minister for Industry and ScienceThe Hon Ed Husic MP
Assistant Minister for ManufacturingSenator the Hon Tim Ayres

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and ForestrySenator the Hon Murray Watt

Department of Home Affairs

Minister for Home AffairsThe Hon Clare O’Neil MP
Minister for Cyber SecurityThe Hon Clare O’Neil MP
Minister for Emergency ManagementSenator the Hon Murray Watt
Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural AffairsThe Hon Andrew Giles MP

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