Turnbull's ministerial 'clarifications'

By The Mandarin

October 1, 2015

Yesterday the Turnbull government announced four small changes to the Commonwealth ministry — technically Malcolm Turnbull’s second ministry — clarifying which ministers were responsible for policy areas that were dropped (in name) in the earlier reshuffle.

  • Minister for Health and Minister for Sport the Hon Sussan Ley MP was given the additional role of Minister for Aged Care, bringing Aged Care into the Health portfolio from the Social Services portfolio
  • Assistant Minister for Health the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP was given responsibility of assisting the Minister for Health on Aged Care
  • Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister the Hon Alan Tudge MP was given the additional role of Assistant Minister for Social Services
  • Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP was re-sworn in with his responsibilities consolidated under the Industry, Innovation and Science portfolio

There were also minor changes to the departmental responsibilities.

  • Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet responsibilities were clarified to: “Public data policy and related matters”
  • Department of Finance AGICT responsibilities were clarified to: “Whole of government information and communications technology, other than that related to government service delivery”
  • Department of Health gains Medicare provider compliance, services for older people, including their carers, policy for and promotion of active ageing other than employment policy.
  • Department of Social Services loses responsibility for services and policy of older people, including their carers.
  • Department of Human Services responsibilities were clarified to: “Design, development, delivery, co-ordination and monitoring of government services, social security, child support, students, families, aged care and health programmes (excluding Medicare provider compliance), superannuation release and Australian Hearing Services”
  • Department of Industry, Innovation and Science gained Northern Australia policy and coordination.

The clarified language in the Finance and PM&C portfolios means there is now no longer a specific reference to Gov 2.0 in the administrative arrangements.

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