Who’s who in the zoo: barring outside picks, here’s the list of top mandarins that PM Scott Morrison gets to choose who stays


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The Morrison government plans to reduce the total number of departments from 18 to 14, which means not all of the current top mandarins will still have a job once the dust has settled.

These are the current secretary-level positions as of this morning.

UPDATE: full details of today’s machinery of government changes has now been announced.

Portfolio Secretary-level appointment Title Date of first appointment
Prime Minister and Cabinet Philip Gaetjens Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 2 September 2019
Agriculture Daryl Quinlivan (to be replaced by Andrew Metcalfe) Secretary of the Department of Agriculture 10 June 2015
Attorney-General’s Chris Moraitis Secretary of the Attorney-General’s Department 1 September 2008
Communications (merges into Infrastructure) Mike Mrdak Secretary of the Department of Communications 7 September 2017
Defence Greg Moriarty Secretary of the Department of Defence 28 July 2017
Rebecca Skinner Associate Secretary of the Department of Defence September 2018
Education and Training Michele Bruniges Secretary of the Department of Education and Training 4 April 2016
Employment (merging into Education, Small Business functions merging into Industry) Kerri Hartland Secretary of the Department of Employment 7 September 2017
Environment & Energy (Environment merging into Agriculture, Energy merging into Industry) David Fredericks Secretary of the Department of the Environment & Energy 11 November 2019
Finance Rosemary Huxtable Secretary of the Department of Finance 22 December 2016
Foreign Affairs and Trade Frances Adamson Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 20 July 2016
Health Glenys Beauchamp Secretary of the Department of Health 7 September 2017
Brendan Murphy Chief Medical Officer for the Australian Government 13 July 2016
Human Services (becomes an executive agency in Social Services) Renée Leon Secretary of the Department of Human Services 7 September 2017
Home Affairs (formerly Immigration and Border Protection) Mike Pezzullo Secretary of the Department of Home Affairs 13 October 2014
Infrastructure and Regional Development Simon Atkinson Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities & Regional Development 11 November 2019
Industry Heather Smith (to be replaced by David Fredericks) Secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation & Science 7 September 2017
Social Services Kathryn Campbell Secretary of the Department of Social Services 7 September 2017
The Treasury Steven Kennedy Secretary to the Treasury 2 September 2019
Veterans’ Affairs Liz Cosson Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs 19 May 2018

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