Department of Communications and the Arts

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Department of Communications and the Arts
Department of Communications and the Arts (Australia) logo.png
Department overview
Formed 21 September 2015 (2015-09-21)
Preceding Department
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Headquarters Canberra
Minister responsible
Department executive
Child agencies

The Australian Department of Communications and the Arts is a department of the Government of Australia charged with responsibility for communications policy and programs and cultural affairs.

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.[1]

Preceding departments[edit]

Operational functions[edit]

The Administrative Arrangements Order made on 21 September 2015 detailed the following responsibilities to the department:[2]

See also[edit]