Albanese’s department changes begin

By Melissa Coade

Wednesday June 1, 2022

Anthony Albanese and his new ministers. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

The Labor government has revealed six major MOG changes across federal departments, including two new departments dedicated to workplace relations and the environment. 

From new ministers to new departments

From July 1 there will be a new department of employment and workplace relations and a new department of climate change, energy, the environment and water.

New minister for the public service Katy Gallagher and prime minister Anthony Albanese announced the departmental changes after the new Labor ministry was sworn in on Wednesday.

Gallagher said both departments would help the government implement and administer its agenda for workplace relations, jobs, skills and training; and also job-creating climate change and energy policy. 

Agency swaps

Labor will make other changes to the finance, home affairs and A-G’s portfolio, with agencies being added to their respective remit. This will mean new MOG arrangements for the DTA, NRRA, and AFP.

“The department of finance will gain responsibility for data policy, including the Digital Transformation Agency, as well as de-regulation,” Gallagher said.

“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.”

What’s in a name?

A name change is also in order for two other departments under the new government. 

The department of health will now be known as the department of health and aged care.

And the department of infrastructure, transport, regional development and communications will now be known as the department of infrastructure, transport, regional development, communications and the arts.

“The new administrative arrangements orders will be published on the DPM&C website later today,” the minister said on Tuesday.


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