Communication policy


6 Sep 2018

Community Development Block Grants – Disaster Relief, or CDBG-DR, are allocated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to affected states and local governments to aid long-term recovery of community infrastructure following major disasters. This injection of funding is an opportunity for...

Discussion paper

25 Jan 2018

This issues paper looks at issues around the structure of the .au namespace, reserved or prohibited domain names, and eligibility for and allocation of domain names including what rules should apply to direct registration of .au domain names.

The auDA 2017 Policy Review Panel...


29 Sep 2017

The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Department of Communications and the Arts’ contract management of selected telephone universal service obligations.

Discussion paper

11 Sep 2017

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has used a recent ACMA spectrum tune-up to propose an accelerated process for considering releases in the millimetre wave spectrum for 5G broadband.


15 Apr 2017

This report proposes principles to guide contemporary media and communications policymaking in democratic countries seeking to improve the contributions those operations and systems make to society.

Journal article

6 Apr 2017

As members of the ‘fourth estate’, journalists have enjoyed certain limited protections for themselves and their sources under the laws of various countries. These protections are now uniquely challenged in the context of metadata retention and enhanced surveillance and national security protections. This article examines...


16 Dec 2016

This is the eleventh year that Ofcom has published the International Communications Market Report. The report benchmarks the UK communications sector against seventeem comparator countries.

UK communications sector revenues were the second highest in Europe, with people in the UK among the heaviest users...


26 Sep 2016

The Federal government will soon consider a draft National Action Plan that will articulate how the Coalition promises to promote open government and finalise membership to the Open Government Partnership (OGP), following a very tight public consultation period.

The OGP is a voluntary, multi-stakeholder...

Annual Report

22 Sep 2016

This report outlines the operations and performance of the Department of Communications and the Arts for the financial year ending 30 June 2016.

Discussion paper

5 Sep 2016

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has commenced a market study to examine a range of interrelated matters that have been raised by the industry that may affect the development of competition and efficiency in communications markets over the next five years or thereabouts....


31 Aug 2016

The Corporate Plan 2016–20 sets our course for the future, identifying our purpose, values, operating environment, strategic priorities, capability and risk oversight and management.


10 Jun 2016

The original Labor National Broadband Network would have delivered optic fibre to 93 per cent of homes and businesses, providing speeds of up to one gigabit per second on a network easily scalable to much higher speeds in the future.

In 2013, Malcolm Turnbull...


12 May 2016

The UK Government’s White Paper will determine the BBC's Royal Charter for the next decade. The Charter is the constitutional basis for the broadcaster - which is due to expire at the end of this year.

The proposals in the Royal Charter Review flow...



6 May 2016

A departmental review of the ACMA has recommended against Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's preferred UK-style super communications regulator, proposing a new commission agency and calling on the government to overhaul outdated communications regulation.

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Discussion paper

24 Mar 2016

This discussion paper considers the impacts of a rapidly changing communications environment on the existing communications accessibility framework.

Summary The Department of Communications has issued a consultation paper: 'Communications accessibility: 2016 and beyond' and seeks submissions on the future of accessible telecommunications options,...

Fact sheet

1 Mar 2016

The Government has announced the most significant reforms to Australia's media laws in a generation, supporting the viability of our local organisations as they face increasing global competition in a rapidly changing digital landscape.

Why are we changing the media laws?

Australia's media...


11 Nov 2015

This policy seeks to improve knowledge sharing across Australian emergency management organisations about the effective uses of social media for crisis communication. It suggests the establishment of a support framework that provides guidance and direction on methods to promote and maintain effective information flows, to...



11 Nov 2015

As the worst bushfires seen for generations in New South Wales raged across the Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands and the Central Coast two years ago, people urgently needed fast, reliable information – and many turned to their phones to get it.

The NSW Rural...


22 Oct 2015

The Department of Communications and the Arts promotes an innovative and competitive communications sector so Australians can realise the full potential of digital technologies and communications services. They are the Government’s pre-eminent advisor on communications, in particular digital technologies and communications services. This report outlines...


4 May 2015

Australia is one of the most digitally connected places on earth, yet our nation is lagging in terms of our digital maturity. At the same time, consumers rate their digital experience with governments as the worst across all sectors surveyed.

According to both consumers...



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