Department of Communications (Australia)

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This article is about the present-day Australian Government Department of Communications. For the defunct 1980–87 Australian Government Department of Communications, see Department of Communications (1980–1987). For the defunct 1993–94 Australian Government Department of Communications, see Department of Communications (1993–1994).
For other uses, see Ministry of Communications.
Department of Communications
Department overview
Formed 18 September 2013 (2013-09-18)[1]
Preceding Department
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Headquarters Canberra
Employees 495 (30 June 2014)
Annual budget A$113.190 million (2012/013)
Ministers responsible
Department executive
  • Drew Clarke, Secretary
Child agencies

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.[2]

The head of the department is the Secretary of the Department of Communications, currently Drew Clarke, who reports to the Minister for Communications, currently the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP.


The origins of the Department of Communications were formed in 1999.[citation needed] 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 The DBCDE was formed in 2007 and was the primary department that superseded the former Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (DCITA).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.[citation needed]

Operational functions[edit]

The Administrative Arrangements Order made on 18 September, following the 2013 federal election, details the following responsibilities to the department:[3]

See also[edit]


  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. Retrieved 27 October 2013.