In December 2017, the Australian Government announced changes to establish a new Jobs and Innovation Portfolio. As part of these changes, the Department of Employment became the Department of Jobs and Small Business.
The department gained responsibility for reducing the burden of Government regulation from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and small business policy and programs from The Treasury. As part of the small business function, the department now supports the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman.
The department collaborated with the Treasury and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to effectively manage these machinery-of-government changes with minimal disruption to staff, and policy and program delivery.
While the department has not lost any functions under the changes, the Workplace Gender Equality Agency has moved to the Prime Minister and Cabinet Portfolio to align with the Office for Women.
The department has created a new Deregulation and Small Business Branch within the existing Economic Policy Group to deliver the small business and regulatory reform functions.