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Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Foreign Minister Marise Payne during a meeting at the Commonwealth Parliament Offices. Several positions have become available in the Prime Minister's 'to-be-announced' cabinet (AAP Image/Joel Carrett) 

Scott Morrison is getting back to work after his election victory over the weekend.

The coalition's leadership group met on Monday morning and the national security committee of cabinet will have a phone hook up in the afternoon with defence and intelligence chiefs.

On Tuesday the prime minister will meet with treasurer and deputy Liberal leader Josh Frydenberg to look over the economic state of the nation.

"It is very much a back-to-work day, which enables Australians to get back to work," Mr Morrison told reporters in his Sydney office.

"We've got a lot to do."

His victory - coming as a surprise to most - gives him the authority to refresh his frontbench in coming days.

Several gigs are up for grabs after ministers retired at the election, including industrial relations, jobs, indigenous affairs, women, human services and defence.

Christian Porter is staying on as attorney-general and will also take on the key strategic role of Leader of the House.

The prime minister made that decision prior to the federal election, after Christopher Pyne announced his retirement.

"I'd like to see that role executed in a way that is as collegiate as possible and makes for a parliament that is co-operative and works as well as it can do in the interests of the Australian people," Mr Porter told reporters in Perth on Monday.

Ken Wyatt is being tipped to become indigenous affairs minister, which would make him the first indigenous person to take on the role.

It will be an important portfolio as the government looks at options for a Voice to Parliament and works towards holding a referendum on constitutional recognition of indigenous people.

There will be much continuity between Mr Morrison's last cabinet and his next, with the leader saying in the final weeks of the campaign that his clutch of national security and economic ministers will stay on.

That means Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann will keep their jobs.

The prime minister has also said Health Minister Greg Hunt, Education Minister Dan Tehan and Environment Minister Melissa Price would remain on deck.

That comes despite Ms Price coming under fire for being nearly invisible in her portfolio and throughout the election, and calls for the government to do more on climate change.

Junior defence minister Linda Reynolds - a former Army brigadier - was also promised she would take on the full Defence portfolio after the election.

Others who could be elevated include Mr Morrison's confidante throughout the campaign WA MP Ben Morton, the driving force behind the "retiree tax" attacks Tim Wilson, and former ministers Arthur Sinodinos and Sussan Ley.

Mr Morrison will also have a few more women to choose from for the posts, with women making up at least seven of the coalition's newcomers for the 46th parliament.

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