Morrison's high expectations for cabinet

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced his new cabinet line-up.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced his new cabinet line-up.

Scott Morrison has placed "high expectations" on his new ministry and cabinet as he put his own stamp on the government's leadership team after his surprise election win.

The prime minister promoted key supporters Alex Hawke and Stuart Robert after they were instrumental in ensuring he defeated Peter Dutton in last year's leadership ballot.

He also wants to make it easier for Australians to deal with and access government services.

"I have high expectations of my ministry and clear goals for each of their roles," Mr Morrison told reporters in Canberra on Sunday.

"This will include congestion-busting on regulatory and bureaucratic roadblocks, making better use of technology and better integrating service delivery across portfolios."

The 22-member cabinet includes a record seven women.

Mr Robert was assistant treasurer but has been promoted to cabinet as Government Services Minister and will oversee the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

He will also have responsibility for Service Australia, a new agency to make it easier for citizens to use government services.

Mr Hawke will be International Development Minister and assistant Defence Minister, in a bid to build stronger defence and economic ties with the Pacific.

As expected, former environment minister Melissa Price - who had been unable to comfortably answer media questions about her portfolio - has been demoted from cabinet and will now be Defence Industry Minister.

"Melissa and I discussed her role. She asked to be given a new challenge and I was pleased to give her one," Mr Morrison told reporters in Canberra on Sunday.

Rural NSW Liberal MP Sussan Ley has replaced her as Environment Minister.

It's a return to cabinet for Ms Ley, who in 2017 was forced to stand down as health minister after revelations she purchased a Gold Coast apartment while on a work trip.

The prime minister also named Ken Wyatt as the first indigenous Australian to be Indigenous Affairs Minister in a historic move.

Former assistant treasurer Michael Sukkar, who quit his job in a bid to get Peter Dutton into the Lodge, has been put back in the role to oversee the first home loan deposit scheme.

Nationals MP David Littleproud has been given water resources, natural disasters, and emergency management, while Bridget McKenzie will become Australia's first ever female Agriculture Minister. Both will be in cabinet.

Alan Tudge will be Population Minister, while Richard Colbeck will take Aged Care, Youth and Sport.

Victorian senator Mitch Fifield will quit the Senate and go to the United Nations as ambassador, after asking to leave.

Paul Fletcher will take over as Communications Minister, and he said his priority was to complete the NBN rollout.

NSW senator Arthur Sinodinos will also replace Joe Hockey as ambassador to the United States.

Linda Reynolds will be Defence Minister, Peter Dutton will remain in Home Affairs and Dan Tehan will stay in Education.

Josh Frydenberg remains Treasurer, while Mathias Cormann stays on as Finance Minister.

Michaelia Cash will get Employment and Skills, but Attorney-General Christian Porter will take over her responsibility for Industrial Relations.

Australian Associated Press