COINCIDING with the Coalition’s pre-election promise to deliver a ‘more efficient government’, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced a significant departmental restructure streamlining government business management and accountability.
In a statement released last week, the Coalition introduced the Department of Industry, combining resources, energy and domestic tourism in an effort to reach Coalition goals of increasing Australia’s appeal as an investment destination.
While policies for small business will reside with the Treasury, the Department of Industry will be responsible for the execution of related programs and initiatives.
Additionally, the Department of Industry will no longer accommodate climate change policy decisions, which have instead become the responsibility of the Environment Department.
The Environment Department will be charged with the abolition of the carbon tax, the establishment of the Green Army, the creation of a one-stop-shop for environmental approvals and implementation of the Coalition’s Direct Action plan.
A Department of Employment has been established away from education to hone focus on workplace relations policy and labour market initiatives to stimulate job creation and workforce participation.
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship is now recognised as the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, but settlement services for migrants and humanitarian entrants will be the responsibility of the Social Services Department.
Indigenous affairs, deregulation and the Office for Women will fall under the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to emphasise their collective whole-of-government impact.
For a copy of the revised Administrative Arrangements Orders, click here.