Department of Communications and the Arts
|Formed||21 September 2015|
|Jurisdiction||Commonwealth of Australia|
The head of the department is the Secretary of the Department of Communications, currently Heather Smith, who reports to Senator the Hon. Mitch Fifield, who is currently the Minister for Communications and Minister for the Arts
The department was created in September 2015 following Malcolm Turnbull becoming prime minister, replacing the Department of Communications, and transferring responsibility for the arts from the Attorney-General's Department.
The Administrative Arrangements Order made on 21 September 2015 detailed the following responsibilities to the department:
- 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
- Cultural affairs, including movable cultural heritage and support for the arts
- Minute Paper for the Executive Council, Executive Council Meeting No. 21 (PDF), Federal Executive Council, 21 September 2015
- "Administrative Arrangements Order". Commonwealth of Australia. 21 September 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2015.