Department of Employment (Australia)
|Formed||18 September 2013|
|Preceding Department||Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations|
|Jurisdiction||Commonwealth of Australia|
|Ministers responsible||Eric Abetz,
Minister for Employment
Assistant Minister for Employment
|Department executive||Renée Leon, Secretary|
The Australian Department of Employment is a department of the Government of Australia charged with the responsibility for national policies and programs that help Australians find and keep employment and work in safe, fair and productive workplaces.
The head of the department is the Secretary of the Department of Employment, currently Renée Leon, who reports to the Minister for Employment, currently Senator the Hon. Eric Abetz and the Assistant Minister for Employment, currently the Hon. Luke Hartsuyker MP.
The department was formed by way of an Administrative Arrangements Order issued on 18 September 2013 and replaced the functions previously performed by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). DEEWR was formed in 2007 and absorbed the former Department of Education, Science and Training and the former Department of Employment and Workplace Relations.
The functions of the department are broadly classified into the following matters:
- Employment policy, including employment services
- Job Services Australia
- Labour market programs 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 programs
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- "Abbott Ministry" (PDF). Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Commonwealth of Australia. 18 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
- "Administrative Arrangements Order" (PDF). Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Commonwealth of Australia. 18 September 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013.