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Administered by: Prime Minister and Cabinet
Published Date 19 Sep 2013


Administrative Arrangements Order

The Administrative Arrangements Order specifies the Departments of State, the principal matters they deal with and the legislation administered by each Minister of State. 

On 18 September 2013, the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, acting with the advice of the Federal Executive Council, revoked all administrative arrangements previously ordered and made a new Administrative Arrangements Order.

The new Administrative Arrangements Order is available on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website at: http://www.dpmc.gov.au/parliamentary/index.cfm.





The Prime Minister gives notice that on 18 September 2013, the Governor-General in Council, acting on the Prime Minister’s recommendation under section 64 of the Constitution:

(a)       Abolished the following Departments of State:

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

The Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport

The Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism

(b)       Established the following Departments of State:

The Department of Education

The Department of Employment

(c)           Changed the name of each Department of State specified in Column 1 below to the name specified in Column 2 below opposite the first-mentioned name:

Column 1

Column 2

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Department of Agriculture

Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

Department of Communications

Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Department of the Environment

Department of Infrastructure and Transport

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Department of Finance and Deregulation

Department of Finance

Department of Health and Ageing

Department of Health

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Department of Social Services

Department of Immigration and Citizenship

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education

Department of Industry