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And the new administrative arrangements are…

By johnboy - 18 September 2013 17

Public servants wanting to understand their future in the shortish term need look no further than today’s Administrative Arrangements Order.

What are your highlights dear reader?

Here are the matters, with the Legislation left out:

PART 1 THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Matters dealt with by the Department

Agricultural, pastoral, fishing, food and forest industries
Soils and other natural resources
Rural adjustment and drought issues
Rural industries inspection and quarantine
Primary industries research including economic research
Commodity marketing, including export promotion and agribusiness
Commodity-specific international organisations and activities
Administration of international commodity agreements
Administration of export controls on agricultural, fisheries and forestry industries products
Food security policy and programmes


PART 2 THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT

Matters dealt with by the Department

Law and justice including –
Administrative law
Alternative dispute resolution
Bankruptcy
Censorship
Constitutional law
Copyright
Courts and tribunals
Human rights
International law
Law reform
Legal assistance
Legislative drafting
Marriage and family law
Personal property securities
Legal services to the Commonwealth
Criminal law and law enforcement
National security, protective security policy and co-ordination
Protective services at Commonwealth establishments and diplomatic and consular premises in Australia
Commonwealth emergency management
Natural disaster relief, recovery and mitigation policy and financial assistance including payments to the States and Territories and the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment
Administrative support for Royal Commissions and certain other inquiries
Critical infrastructure protection co-ordination
Privacy
Freedom of Information
Cultural affairs, including movable cultural heritage and support for the arts
Management of government records


PART 3 THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

Matters dealt with by the Department

Broadband policy and programmes
Postal and telecommunications policies and programmes
Spectrum policy management
Broadcasting policy
National policy issues relating to the digital economy
Content policy relating to the information economy


PART 4 THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE

Matters dealt with by the Department

Defence, including –
international defence relations and defence co-operation
defence scientific research and development
defence procurement and purchasing
defence industry development and co-operation


PART 5 THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Matters dealt with by the Department

Schools education policy and programmes, including vocational education and training in schools, but excluding migrant adult education
Schooling transitions policy and programmes including career pathways
Education and training transitions policy and programmes
Youth affairs and programmes, including youth transitions
Early childhood and childcare policy and programmes
Co-ordination of early childhood development policy and responsibilities
Higher education policy, regulation and programmes
Policy, coordination and support for international education


PART 6 THE DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT

Matters dealt with by the Department

Employment policy, including employment services
Job Services Australia
Labour market programmes for people of working age
Workplace relations policy development, advocacy and implementation
Promotion of flexible workplace relations policies and practices, including workplace productivity
Co-ordination of labour market research
Occupational health and safety, rehabilitation and compensation
Equal employment opportunity
Work and family programmes
Migrant adult education


PART 7 THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT

Matters dealt with by the Department

Environment protection and conservation of biodiversity
Air quality
National fuel quality standards
Land contamination
Meteorology
Administration of the Australian Antarctic Territory, and the Territory of Heard Island and McDonald Islands
Natural, built and cultural heritage
Environmental information and research
Ionospheric prediction
Co-ordination of sustainable communities policy
Population policy
Urban environment
Development and co-ordination of domestic climate change policy
Renewable energy target policy, regulation and co-ordination
Greenhouse emissions and energy consumption reporting
Climate change adaptation strategy and co-ordination
Co-ordination of climate change science activities
Renewable energy
Greenhouse gas abatement programmes
Community and household climate action
Water policy and resources


PART 8 THE DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE

Matters dealt with by the Department

Budget policy advice and process, and review of governmental programmes
Government financial accountability, governance and financial management frameworks, including grants and procurement policy and services
Shareholder advice on Government Business Enterprises and commercial entities treated as GBEs
General policy guidelines for Commonwealth statutory authorities
Superannuation arrangements for Australian Government civilian employees and members of parliament and retirement benefits for Federal Judges and Governors-General
Asset sales
Commonwealth property policy framework, legislation and policy for the management of property leased or owned by the Commonwealth, including acquisition, disposal and management of property interests
Management of non-Defence Commonwealth property in Australia, including construction, major refurbishment, sustainability, acquisition, ownership and disposal of real property
Electoral matters
Administration of Parliamentarians’ entitlements
Administration of the Australian Government’s self-managed general insurance fund (Comcover)
Government on-line delivery and information technology and communications management
Policy advice on the Future Fund and Nation-building Funds and authorisation of payments from the Nation-building Funds to Agencies
Co-ordination of Government Advertising
Official Establishments, ownership and property management of the Prime Minister’s official residences


PART 9 THE DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE

Matters dealt with by the Department

External Affairs, including –
relations and communications with overseas governments and United Nations agencies
treaties, including trade agreements bilateral, regional and multilateral trade policy
international trade and commodity negotiations
market development, including market access
trade and international business development
investment promotion
international development co-operation
diplomatic and consular missions
international security issues, including disarmament, arms control and nuclear
non-proliferation
public diplomacy, including information and cultural programmes
International expositions
Provision to Australian citizens of secure travel identification
Provision of consular services to Australian citizens abroad
Overseas property management, including acquisition, ownership and disposal of real property
Tourism industry (international)
International development and aid
Development and co-ordination of international climate change policy
International climate change negotiations


PART 10 THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Matters dealt with by the Department

Public health, including health protection, and medical research
Health promotion and disease prevention
Primary health care
Hospitals funding and policy, including relationships and linkages within the continuum of health care
Implementation of the National Health and Hospitals Network
Health research
Pharmaceutical benefits
Health benefits schemes
Hearing services policy and funding
Specific health services, including human quarantine
Sport and recreation
National drug strategy
Regulation of therapeutic goods
Notification and assessment of industrial chemicals
Gene technology regulation
Medical indemnity insurance issues
Private health insurance
Blood and organ policy and funding
Health workforce capacity
Mental health policy and primary mental health care


PART 11 THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES

(Part of the Social Services Portfolio)

Matters dealt with by the Department

Development, delivery and co-ordination of government services, and development of policy on service delivery
Monitoring and management of service delivery arrangements involving social security, child support, students, families, aged care, health programmes, disability employment services, superannuation release and Australian Hearing Services


PART 12 THE DEPARTMENT OF IMMIGRATION AND BORDER PROTECTION

Matters dealt with by the Department

Entry, stay and departure arrangements for non-citizens
Border immigration control
Citizenship
Ethnic affairs
Customs and border control other than quarantine and inspection


PART 13 THE DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRY

Matters dealt with by the Department

Manufacturing and commerce including industry and market development
Industry innovation policy and technology diffusion
Promotion of industrial research and development, and commercialisation
Biotechnology, excluding gene technology regulation
Marketing of manufactures and services
Enterprise improvement
Construction industry, excluding workplace relations
Small business programmes
Business entry point management
Provision of B2G and G2G authentication services
Facilitation of the development of service industries generally
Trade marks, plant breeders’ rights and patents of inventions and designs
Country of origin labelling
Weights and measures standards
Civil space issues
Analytical laboratory services
Science policy
Science engagement and awareness
Promotion of collaborative research in science and technology
Co-ordination of research policy
Creation and development of research infrastructure
Commercialisation and utilisation of public sector research relating to portfolio programmes and agencies
Research grants and fellowships
Information and communications technology industry development
Food processing industry policy
Skills and vocational education policy regulation and programmes
Training, including apprenticeships and training and skills assessment services
Foundation skills for adults
Support for introduction of a national occupation licensing system
Energy policy
Mineral and energy industries, including oil and gas, and electricity
National energy market
Energy-specific international organisations and activities
Administration of export controls on rough diamonds, uranium and thorium
Minerals and energy resources research, science and technology
Geoscience research and information services including geodesy, mapping, remote sensing, groundwater and spatial data co-ordination
Radioactive waste management
Renewable energy technology development
Low emissions fossil fuel energy
Industrial energy efficiency
Energy efficiency
Tourism industry (domestic)
Anti-dumping


PART 14 THE DEPARTMENT OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Matters dealt with by the Department

Infrastructure planning and co-ordination
Transport safety, including investigations
Land transport
Civil aviation and airports
Transport security
Maritime transport including shipping
Major projects office, including facilitation and implementation of all non-Defence development projects
Administration of the Jervis Bay Territory, the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands, the Territory of Christmas Island, the Coral Sea Islands Territory, the Territory of Ashmore and Cartier Islands, and of Commonwealth responsibilities on Norfolk Island
Constitutional development of the Northern Territory
Constitutional development of the Australian Capital Territory
Delivery of regional and territory specific services and programmes
Planning and land management in the Australian Capital Territory
Regional development
Matters relating to local government
Regional policy and co-ordination


PART 15 THE DEPARTMENT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET

Matters dealt with by the Department

Advice to the Prime Minister across Government on policy and implementation
Assistance to the Prime Minister in managing the Cabinet programme
National security policy co-ordination
Counter terrorism policy co-ordination
Cyber policy co-ordination
Intergovernmental relations and communications with State and Territory Governments
Co-ordination of Government administration
Australian Government employment workplace relations policy, including equal employment opportunity and administration of the framework for agreement making and remuneration and conditions
Australian honours and symbols policy
Government ceremonial and hospitality
Commonwealth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander policy, programmes and service delivery
Promotion of reconciliation
Native Title
Community development employment projects
Reducing the burden of government regulation
Women’s policies and programmes


PART 16 THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES

Matters dealt with by the Department

Ageing research
Income security and support policies and programmes for families with children, carers, the aged, people with disabilities and people in hardship
Income support policies for students and apprentices
Services for families with children, people with disabilities and carers
Services for older people, including their carers
Policy for and promotion of active ageing, other than employment policy
Community mental health
Community support services
Family relationship, Family and Children’s Support Services
Social housing, rent assistance and homelessness
Child support policy
Housing affordability
Services to help people with disabilities obtain employment
Arrangements for the settlement of migrants and humanitarian entrants, other than migrant child and migrant adult education
Non-profit sector and volunteering
Multicultural affairs


PART 17 THE DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Matters dealt with by the Department

Economic, fiscal and monetary policy
Taxation
Borrowing money on the public credit of the Commonwealth
International finance
Foreign exchange
Financial sector policy
Currency and legal tender
Foreign investment in Australia
Superannuation and retirement savings policy
Business law and practice
Corporate, financial services and securities law
Corporate insolvency
Competition and consumer policy
Prices surveillance
Excise
Census and statistics
Valuation services
Commonwealth-State financial relations
Consumer credit
Housing supply policy
Small business policy


PART 18 THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS’ AFFAIRS

(Part of the Defence Portfolio)

Matters dealt with by the Department

Repatriation income support, compensation and health programmes for veterans, members of the Defence Force, certain mariners and their dependants
Commemorations
War graves
Defence Service Homes

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17 Responses to
And the new administrative arrangements are…
poetix 10:14 pm 18 Sep 13

Masquara said :

I see “programmes” is back. Dratty.

There’s no ‘me’ in programmes…

Oh, yes there is.

maxblues 8:22 pm 18 Sep 13

Thanks to your comprehensive post I am now aware and cognisant of “Egg Industry Service Provisions (transitional and consequential provisions) Act 2002. Since 2002, have been in a transitional period attempting to some servicing without being consequential on eggs.

Masquara 8:07 pm 18 Sep 13

I see “programmes” is back. Dratty.

jazzamac 8:02 pm 18 Sep 13

Customs moving from AG’s to Immigration (DIBP now).

deepsouf 7:14 pm 18 Sep 13

Objectively, these are sensible. A return to what it was like when I was in the APS 15-20 years ago. I mean, seriously, “Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education”; climate change in a different agency to environment/sustainability/water; resources/tourism separated from industry; buzzwords like “Digital Economy”; everything had become rather silly.

p1 7:09 pm 18 Sep 13

Everything appears consistent with long established Liberal Party ideology. Aged care, for example, is now no longer associated with health, but simply about giving them pocket money, like dole bludgers, single mums and others who don’t contribute to the economy.

johnboy said :

I think uniformity of naming and putting paid to treasury’s airs and graces in one go is no bad thing.

+1

Primal 7:08 pm 18 Sep 13

Roundhead89 said :

Also the old, convoluted name Department of the Treasury has been brought back after many years of just being called The Treasury. Strange for a new government which trumpeted that it was simplifying the names of departments.

Treasury is referred to as The Department of the Treasury in all previous AAOs that are still on the PM&C website. Business as usual I suspect.

johnboy 5:10 pm 18 Sep 13

I think uniformity of naming and putting paid to treasury’s airs and graces in one go is no bad thing.

Roundhead89 4:43 pm 18 Sep 13

No mention of the Royal Australian Mint in Treasury’s listing. Also the old, convoluted name Department of the Treasury has been brought back after many years of just being called The Treasury. Strange for a new government which trumpeted that it was simplifying the names of departments.

johnboy 4:25 pm 18 Sep 13

Government News have a hefty analysis.

c_c™ 4:17 pm 18 Sep 13

caf said :

Trade marks and Patents are at Industry, but Copyrights are at A-Gs?

That’s how the responsibilities are already divided. IP Australia is an agency of the current industry portfolio and deals with patents, trademarks and designs, while copyright is over at AG.

Kerryhemsley 4:16 pm 18 Sep 13

caf said :

Trade marks and Patents are at Industry, but Copyrights are at A-Gs?

No change there. It has been that way for a long time.

caf 3:50 pm 18 Sep 13

Trade marks and Patents are at Industry, but Copyrights are at A-Gs?

JessP 2:53 pm 18 Sep 13

No comments because everyone is reading and trying to wrk out what it means for them….

Genie 2:26 pm 18 Sep 13

Strange that Renewable Energy sits under Environment, but the Australian Renewable Energy Agency ACT sits under Industry.

Although the Renewable Energy Target always sat with Climate Change, while ARENA sat under Energy

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