SENATOR Marise Payne has been appointed Minister for Human Services.
"I look forward to being part of a government that creates a strong economy, encouraging enterprise and reward for effort, but one that also takes care of our most vulnerable," she said.
"I will bring my long parliamentary experience to this role, most recently having been shadow minister for indigenous development and employment and shadow minister for housing for the last three years.
As minister, she will oversee the Department of Human Services, covering Centrelink, Medicare and the Child Support Agency.
Ms Payne has made her first official visit to Penrith Centrelink and Medicare branches, meeting staff and outlining the department's plans to improve efficiency and customer service.
She was accompanied on the visit by the secretary of the Department of Human Services, Kathryn Campbell, and the MP-elect for Lindsay, Fiona Scott.
"I was impressed by the knowledge and dedication of the staff and am confident that, with their help, we can deliver on our commitments for Western Sydney residents and all Australians," Ms Payne said.