Our role is to provide an environment in which all Australians can access and benefit from communications services, creative experiences and culture.
Our purposes are to enable all Australians to connect to effective communications services and technologies, for inclusiveness and sustainable economic growth; and to support inclusiveness and growth in Australia's creative sector, and protect and promote Australian content and culture.
Media Industry Programs
Information about programs to support a diverse and sustainable media broadcasting industry.
The Bureau of Communications, Arts and Regional Research undertakes research and provides economic and data analysis on communications, arts and regional portfolio issues to support evidence-based policy development and advice.
Copyright provides legal protection for people who express original ideas and information in mediums such as writing, visual images, music or moving images. The department develops Australian copyright policy and represents our interests in international copyright issues.
The Internet plays an important role in how people learn, communicate, do business and go about their daily lives. Learn how the department works to ensure all Australians have access to high-quality, reliable and affordable Internet services.
Media laws & regulation
Find out about Australia's media laws, media regulation, classification and how to make a complaint.
The phone is one of the main ways people stay in touch with friends, family and colleagues. Learn how the department provides advice to ensure all Australians can have reasonable access to a standard and reliable phone service.
Australia’s postal market is open for most services but only Australia Post delivers letters. The department advises the Australian Government about the postal industry, and develops policy and draft legislation.
Australians listen to the radio to be entertained and informed, and to keep up with developments in emergencies. The department provides advice to ensure all Australians can access radio.
From smartphones to satellites, tablets to television, most electronic devices we use today rely on electromagnetic spectrum frequencies to carry information via wireless signals. Find out how the department provides advice on how this scarce resource can be managed effectively.
People across Australia watch TV content via their television, computer or mobile device, both in real time and in catch-up. The department advises the Australian Government about the TV industry and its regulation and services.
We support inclusiveness and growth in Australia's creative sector, and we protect and promote Australian content and culture.
The department advises the Australian Government on matters relating to the national broadcasters: the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and Special Broadcasting Service (SBS).