HammondCare congratulates new Minister for Social Services

HammondCare Chief Executive Dr Stephen Judd has welcomed the appointment of Christian Porter as the new Minister for Social Services following a Cabinet reshuffle announced by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull yesterday.

Dr Judd also welcomed confirmation the new Minister would be directly responsible for aged care which means this vital sector will now have a voice within Cabinet.

The previous Minister for Social Services, Scott Morrison, has been appointed Treasurer and the previous Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator Mitch Fifield, has been appointed Minister for Communications, Minister for Arts and Minister assisting the Prime Minister.

Dr Judd thanked Senator Fifield for his work with the aged care and disability sectors.

New Minister confirms responsibilities

Mr Porter confirmed today on ABC's AM program that his Ministerial role would include aged care and disability but that child care would move back to the Education portfolio.

Responding to criticism that there was not a specific minister for aged care or minister for disabilities, he said he was the minister responsible for those areas.

"You can have the titles of ministers that are a page and a half long, because they nominate every single word and topic that ends up in the portfolio and I don't really know that that particularly helps anyone."

Mr Porter said Social Services accounted for 36 per cent of budget expenditure or $154 billion per year. Immediately after being sworn in this morning, he would head into briefings with DSS Secretary Finn Pratt.