Department of Communications (2013–15)

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Department of Communications
Department overview
Formed18 September 2013 (2013-09-18)[1]
Preceding Department
Dissolved21 September 2015
Superseding agency
JurisdictionCommonwealth of Australia
Employees495 (30 June 2014)
Annual budgetA$113.190 million (2012/013)
Ministers responsible
Department executive

The Australian Government Department of Communications was a department responsible for helping to develop a vibrant, sustainable and internationally-competitive broadband, broadcasting and communications sector in Australia and promoting the digital economy.[2]

The head of the department was the Secretary of the Department of Communications, Drew Clarke, who reported to Malcolm Turnbull, then the Minister for Communications.


The Department of Communications replaced the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) in September 2013 after the Liberal-National Coalition won the 2013 election.

In September 2015, the Department was dissolved and replaced by the Department of Communications and the Arts.

Preceding departments[edit]

Operational functions[edit]

The Administrative Arrangements Order made on 18 September 2013 detailed the following responsibilities to the department:[3]


  1. ^ CA 9429: Department of Communications [III], Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 9 April 2014
  2. ^ "Corporate Plan 2011-13". About us. Commonwealth of Australia. 3 October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Administrative Arrangements Order" (PDF). Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Commonwealth of Australia. 18 September 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013.