Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
|Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy|
|Preceding Department||Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts|
|Superseding agency||Department of Communications|
|Jurisdiction||Commonwealth of Australia|
|Annual budget||A$113.190 million (2012/013)|
|Minister responsible||Stephen Conroy,
Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
|Department executives||Drew Clarke, Secretary
Ian Robinson, Deputy Secretary, Telecommunications Corporate and Business
Abul Rizvi, Deputy Secretary, Digital Strategy and Services
Nerida O'Loughlin, Deputy Secretary, Broadcasting, Digital Switchover and Legal
|Child agencies||Australian Communications and Media Authority
NBN Co Limited
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Postal Corporation
Special Broadcasting Service Corporation
The Australian Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy is a former department of the Government of Australia that was charged with the responsibility to help develop a vibrant, sustainable and internationally-competitive broadband, broadcasting and communications sector and, through this, promote the digital economy for the benefit of all Australians.
The department was formed in 2007 and dissolved in 2013. Its functions were assumed by the Department of Communications.
The origins of the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy were formed in 1999. The current name for the department was assigned in 2013 and replaced the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE), whose functions were essentially the same. The DBCDE was the primary department that superseded the former Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (DCITA) which was disbanded in 2007. When DCITA was dissolved, responsibility for the arts was transferred to the new Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts and the responsibility for sports was transferred to the Department of Health and Ageing.
In the Administrative Arrangements Order of 3 December 2007, the functions of the department were broadly classified into the following matters:
- Broadband policy and programs
- Postal and telecommunications policies and programs
- Spectrum policy management
- Broadcasting policy
- National policy issues relating to the digital economy
- Content policy relating to the information economy
- The Higher Bandwidth Incentive Scheme (HiBIS) was a strategy to provide registered Internet service providers with incentive payments to supply higher bandwidth services in regional, rural and remote areas at prices comparable to those available in metropolitan areas.
- The Australia Connected package was announced on 18 June 2007. Up to $958 million ($600 million from Broadband Connect Infrastructure Program funding and an additional $358 million in funding) was allocated towards a new national wholesale network which was stated to deliver high speed broadband to rural and regional Australia by June 2009.
- Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
- List of Australian Commonwealth Government entities
- "Corporate Plan 2011-13". About us. Commonwealth of Australia. 3 October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
- "Administrative Arrangement Order of 3 December 2007" (PDF). Government of Australia. 3 December 2007. p. 10. Archived from the original on 28 April 2013.