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About the department

Ministerial arrangements

From 1 July 2018 to 29 May 2019, we were accountable to:

  • Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield
  • Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie

From 29 May 2019 to 30 June 2019, we were accountable to:

  • The Hon Paul Fletcher MP
  • The Hon Mark Coulton MP

Our role and functions

Our role is to provide an environment in which all Australians can access and benefit from communications services, creative experiences and culture. The Administrative Arrangements Order specifies the matters we deal with:

  • broadband policy and programs
  • classification
  • copyright
  • cultural affairs, including movable cultural heritage and support for the arts
  • postal and telecommunications policies and programs
  • spectrum policy management
  • broadcasting policy
  • content policy relating to the information economy

Our purposes

We have two purposes.

  • Connectivity
    Enabling all Australians to connect to effective communications services and technologies, for inclusiveness and sustainable economic growth
  • Creativity and culture
    Supporting inclusiveness and growth in Australia's creative sector, and protecting and promoting Australian content and culture

Outcomes and programs

In 2018–19, we administered two outcomes and two programs (Table 1.3).

Outcome and program structure




Outcome 1: Promote an innovative and competitive communications sector, through policy development, advice and program delivery, so all Australians can realise the full potential of digital technologies and communications services

Program 1.1:
Digital technologies and communications services


Market Reforms

Infrastructure and Consumer

Outcome 2: Participation in, and access to, Australia’s arts and culture through developing and supporting cultural expression

Program 2.1:
Arts and cultural development


The Corporate Division and the Strategy and Research Division (not included in Table 1.3) provide enabling functions to support the department to achieve its purposes.

Our structure

Mike Mrdak AO was Secretary of the department for the entire reporting period, having commenced in the role on 18 September 2017.

At 30 June 2019, our Deputy Secretaries were:

  • Richard Eccles, Deputy Secretary, Arts, Content, Strategy and Research
  • Richard Windeyer, Deputy Secretary, Market Reforms, Infrastructure and Consumer

Our organisational chart is at Our organisation chart at 30 June 2019.

Our organisation chart at 30 June 2019This is an organisational chart. It shows the department’s senior organisational positions at 30 June 2019.