AUSTRALIA, 1 JUNE
Following the swearing-in of the new Labor Federal Government ministry in Canberra yesterday, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has announced significant departmental and administrative changes that he says will help deliver better government for all Australians.
The Prime Minister said 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.
These changes will take effect on 1 July 2022.