Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

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Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts
Department overview
Formed 21 October 1998[1]
Preceding Department Department of Communications and the Arts
Dissolved 3 December 2007[1]
Superseding agency Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Ministers responsible Richard Alston (politician), Minister (1998‑2003)
Daryl Williams, Minister (2003‑04)
Helen Coonan, Minister (2004‑07)
Department executives Neville Stevens, Secretary (1998‑2001)
Ian Watt, Secretary (2001)
Helen Williams, Secretary (2001‑07)
Patricia Scott, Secretary (2007)[2]

The Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts was an Australian government department that existed between October 1998 and December 2007.


Information about the department's functions and/or government funding allocation could be found in the Administrative Arrangements Orders, the annual Portfolio Budget Statements and in the Department's annual reports.

At its creation, the Department was responsible for:[3]

  • Postal and telecommunications services
  • Management of the electromagnetic spectrum
  • Broadcasting services
  • Management of government records
  • Centenary of federation
  • Cultural affairs, including support for the arts
  • National policy issues relating to the information economy
  • Information and communication industries development, electronic commerce and business on-line and Year 2000 issues
  • Government on-line delivery and information technology and communications management, excluding IT outsourcing


The Department was an Australian Public Service department, staffed by officials who were responsible to the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.[1]


  1. ^ a b c CA 8611: Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 5 December 2013 
  2. ^ Scott, Patricia, "Chapter 12: Our custodial role for the quality of advisory relations at the centre of government", in Wanna, John; Vincent, Sam; Podger, Andrew, With the Benefit of Hindsight: Valedictory Reflections from Departmental Secretaries 2004-11, pp. 117–123 
  3. ^ Administrative Arrangements, 21 October 1998, National Archives of Australia, 21 October 1998, archived from the original on 27 April 2013