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|