Department of Employment and Workplace Relations. DEWR oversees Workforce Australia, ParentsNext and the Transition to Work programs. Other employment services programs are administered by the Department of Social Services (Disability Employment Services) and the National Indigenous Australians Agency (Community Development Program). Where a reference is made to “the department” we are generally referring to DEWR. Previously the department responsible for employment services was known as the Department of Employment, Skills and Education. The employment minister is Tony Burke. The assistant minister responsible for employment services is Andrew Leigh.

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