Department of Communications (Australia)
|Formed||18 September 2013|
|Preceding Department||Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy|
|Jurisdiction||Commonwealth of Australia|
|Annual budget||A$113.190 million (2012/013)|
|Ministers responsible||Malcolm Turnbull,
Minister for Communications
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications
|Department executive||Drew Clarke, Secretary|
|Child agencies||Australian Communications and Media Authority
NBN Co Limited
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Postal Corporation
Special Broadcasting Service Corporation
The Australian Department of Communications is a department of the Government of Australia 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 origins of the Department of Communications 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 The DBCDE was formed in 2007 and was the primary department that superseded the former Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (DCITA). 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.
- 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
- CA 9429: Department of Communications [III], Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 9 April 2014
- "Corporate Plan 2011-13". About us. Commonwealth of Australia. 3 October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
- "Administrative Arrangements Order" (PDF). Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Commonwealth of Australia. 18 September 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013.