Second Morrison Ministry suggests substantial machinery of government changes

By Harley Dennett

Sunday May 26, 2019

Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks to the media during a press conference. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

Update (May 29): details of the Administrative Arrangements Order are now available.

Agriculture, Communications, Environment, Human Services, Indigenous Affairs and Social Services portfolios will have new federal ministers sworn in on Wednesday, May 29, after Australia’s Morrison government was re-elected to power.

Meanwhile, public servants in Energy, Environment, Home Affairs, Human Services, Indigenous Affairs, Industrial Relations all appear to be set for machinery of government changes, including new portfolio agencies.

Australia will have its first Indigenous cabinet minister when Ken Wyatt takes up the role of Minister for Indigenous Australians this week.

The 23-member cabinet will have seven women for the first time, the Prime Minister announced, while also revealing the nation will see its first female Minister for Agriculture in Nationals deputy leader Bridge McKenzie.

The musical chairs ministries of Women and Public Service have rotated again. Marise Payne adds Minister for Women to her existing Foreign Affairs portfolio. Greg Hunt adds Minister assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service to his existing Health portfolio.

Services Australia

Human Services, home to Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support agencies, will be replaced with a new structure called Services Australia, modeled on Service NSW, to drive greater efficiencies and integration of Government service delivery and making best use of technology and digital applications. Stuart Robert will be its cabinet minister, with the titles of Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Minister for Government Services.

Meanwhile, the senior department within the cluster will continue to be Social Services, now called Families and Social Services. Anne Ruston, another new face in cabinet takes over as minister.

Adding to the message delivered by the Prime Minister to department heads last week, Morrison said a key focus for all departments will be lifting performance on government service delivery. He articulated several priorities:

“This will include congestion busting on regulatory and bureaucratic roadblocks, making better use of technology and better integrating service delivery across portfolios. The goal is to make it easier to deal with and access the Government services Australians rely on.

“… Top of the list for improving services will be ensuring we deliver on the National Disability Insurance Scheme, working to our goal of the NDIS supporting 500,000 Australians by 2024/25. The NDIS is a major social reform and there is much work to do to improve the delivery of these services on the ground.”

Indigenous Australians

The Prime Minister announced a new National Indigenous Australians Agency, while also renaming the Indigenous Affairs ministry to Indigenous Australians.

No further details were announced, but the new agency would appear to be the existing Indigenous Affairs group, currently headed by Associate Secretary Ray Griggs, spun off as its own separate agency still within the PM&C cluster.

Industrial Relations

Machinery of government changes also look on the cards for Industrial Relations, which will now share a minister with Attorney General’s Department. The Australian Building and Construction Commission will also move into the AGD cluster.

Energy and Environment

There appears to have been some reshaping of responsibilities across the Energy and Environment portfolios, but we do not have enough clarity on what that is at this stage. Both portfolios remain within cabinet.

Energy will take on emissions reduction and meeting Australia’s 2030 emissions targets.

Warren Entsch has been named as Special Envoy for the Great Barrier Reef.

Curiously, as the PM announced Entsch’s new role, he added that this will be the only special envoy appointment, signalling the definitive end of two appointments in the previous term for Barnaby Joyce (Drought Relief) and Tony Abbott (Indigenous Affairs).

Second Morrison Ministry

Prime Minister The Hon Scott Morrison MP
Minister for the Public Service The Hon Scott Morrison MP
Minister for Women Senator the Hon Marise Payne
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service and Cabinet The Hon Greg Hunt MP
Minister for Indigenous Australians The Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP
Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister and Cabinet Mr Ben Morton MP
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development The Hon Michael McCormack MP
Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management The Hon David Littleproud MP
Minister for Regional Services, Decentralisation and Local Government The Hon Mark Coulton MP
Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport The Hon Scott Buchholz MP
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Gee MP
Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories Mrs Nola Marino MP
Treasurer The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP
Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure The Hon Alan Tudge MP
Assistant Treasurer The Hon Michael Sukkar MP
Minister for Housing The Hon Michael Sukkar MP
Assistant Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and Financial Technology Senator Jane Hume
Minister for Finance (Vice-President of the Executive Council) (Leader of the Government in the Senate) Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann
Assistant Minister for Finance, Charities and Electoral Matters Senator the Hon Zed Seselja
Minister for Agriculture Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie
Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries Senator Jonathon Duniam
Minister for Foreign Affairs Senator the Hon Marise Payne
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment (Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate) Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham
Minister for International Development and the Pacific The Hon Alex Hawke MP
Assistant Trade and Investment Minister The Hon Mark Coulton MP
Assistant Minister for Regional Tourism Senator Jonathon Duniam
Attorney-General (Leader of the House) The Hon Christian Porter MP
Minister for Industrial Relations The Hon Christian Porter MP
Minister for Health The Hon Greg Hunt MP
Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck
Minister for Youth and Sport Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck
Minister for Home Affairs The Hon Peter Dutton MP
Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs The Hon David Coleman MP
Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs Mr Jason Wood MP
Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts The Hon Paul Fletcher MP
Minister for Education The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships The Hon Steve Irons MP
Minister for Industry, Science and Technology The Hon Karen Andrews MP
Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Senator the Hon Matthew Canavan
Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction The Hon Angus Taylor MP
Minister for the Environment The Hon Sussan Ley MP
Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management Mr Trevor Evans MP
Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC
Assistant Defence Minister The Hon Alex Hawke MP
Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel (Deputy Leader of the House) The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Defence Industry The Hon Melissa Price MP
Minister for Families and Social Services (Manager of Government Business in the Senate) Senator the Hon Anne Ruston
Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme The Hon Stuart Robert MP
Minister for Government Services The Hon Stuart Robert MP
Assistant Minister for Children and Families The Hon Michelle Landry MP
Assistant Minister for Community Housing, Homelessness and Community Services Mr Luke Howarth MP


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