Turnbull’s new administrative arrangements

Piece by piece we’re seeing a clearer picture of the priorities of the new federal Turnbull government. Yesterday the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet published the full administrative arrangements order for the machinery of government changes to match Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s frontbench overhaul.

Three departments get new names to match their ministers’ titles:

  • Department of Agriculture becomes Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR).
  • Department of Industry and Science becomes Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DIIS).
  • Department of Communications becomes Department of Communications and the Arts (DCA).

Beyond those three portfolio expansions, there were several other notable shifts in departmental responsibilities.

The Attorney General’s Department loses carriage of censorship (now renamed as classification) and copyright, which along with cultural affairs are moving to Communications and Arts.

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