Turnbull relieves Brandis of copyright responsibilities

As part of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's Cabinet reshuffle, he has also shifted around portfolio responsibilities, including copyright and classification.

Newly appointed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has not only made changes to the Cabinet, but has made changes to the responsibilities of certain portfolios.

The biggest one is relieving Attorney-General George Brandis from copyright and classification responsibilities, which will be handled by the country's newest communications minister, Mitch Fifield, who was appointed to the role as part of Monday's Cabinet reshuffle.

Under former PM Tony Abbott, Brandis was an avid leader in cracking down on piracy, having described Australia at one point as "the worst offender anywhere in the world" for copyright infringement. As a result, he oversaw the passing and introduction of piracy site-blocking laws.

Brandis had previously said the legislation was of "very great importance" to creative industries.

"They're entitled to the fruits of their labour like anyone else, and their capacity to be fully remunerated for the fruits of their labour has been very significantly eroded by piracy," Brandis said. "We hope to have that legislation through the parliament before parliament rises for the winter recess."

Meanwhile, despite being appointed as prime minister, Turnbull will continue to hold on tightly to the whole of government service delivery policy -- a responsibility he had when he served as the minister of communication -- under the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Public data, including Gov 2.0 and related matters, will also be another responsibility the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet will handle, a matter previously dealt with by the Department of Finance.

The Department of Finance will continue to be responsible for the whole of government information and communications technology -- just excluding Gov 2.0 and related matters.

Another change Turnbull has made is handing over the Department of Industry, Innovation, and Science's renewable energy technology development responsibility to the Department of the Environment.