About the Department


The Australian Government Department of Employment is responsible for national policies and programmes that help Australians find and keep employment and work in safe, fair and productive workplaces.

The Department of Employment works to one Minister, the Minister for Employment, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash.

Secretary Renée Leon PSM and the deputy secretaries are responsible for the delivery of the department’s services.

Organisation Chart

Corporate Plan

The 2016–17 Corporate Plan is the overarching performance reporting document which outlines the Department’s purpose, environment, performance, capability and risk management.

The plan, which is a requirement under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013, will be reported against in the Annual Report 2016–17 and updated on an annual basis.

Corporate plan

Department of Employment Strategic Plan 2014–2017

The Department of Employment Strategic Plan 2014–2017 sets the direction for how the Department works to help Australians find and maintain a job and work in a safe and fair environment.

Strategic Plan 2014 –2017 website

Strategic Plan 2014 – 2017

The Department of Employment Innovation Framework 2016-18 connects innovative people, ideas and resources to achieve our Strategic Plan 2014–2017 vision: More Jobs. Great Workplaces.

Innovation Framework 2016-18

In addition to the Department of Employment, a number of employment portfolio agencies help deliver the Australian Government’s workplace relations system.

Department of Employment Client Service Charter

The Client Service Charter is a statement of what the Department of Employment does and the standards of service you can expect from the department. This Client Service Charter is the overarching charter for the department. Some of the department’s programmes have specific charters or feedback or complaints channels which apply to their particular business activities.
Client Service Charter


The following is a list of all the news items that are associated with About the Department.

Important improvements to the Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner

News | 22 October 2014

Important improvements to the Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner and the Australian Government Building and Construction WHS Accreditation Scheme announced.