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Type: Government
Industry: Internet
Founded: Australia, 1999
Headquarters: GPO Box 2154
Canberra ACT 2601
Country: Australia
Employees: 773 (2006)
Website: dbcde.gov.au
Twitter: TwitterIcon.png@DBCDEgov
Key People
Senator Stephen Conroy, Minister for DBCDE

Peter Harris, Secretary of the DBCDE
Don Markus, General Counsel, Legal Group
Simon Ash, Chief Financial Officer, Finance and Budgets

The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) is an Australian government department responsible for Broadband, Digital Economy, Mobile Services, Online Safety and Security, Post, Radio, Telephone Services and Telivision.[1]

DBCDE was formerly known as the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (DCITA). DCITA was replaced with DBCDE after the Kevin Rudd led government came to power in 2007.

In the past, DBCDE has made some controversial decisions, such as monitoring blogs and filtering Internet content.[2]

Key Projects

  • NBN- In 2009, the Government announced it's plans to establish a new company to build and operate a new high-speed National Broadband Network (NBN)
  • HiBIS- A $157.8 million initiative to provide registered Internet service providers with incentive payments to supply higher bandwidth services in regional, rural and remote areas at prices comparable to those available in metropolitan areas.


  • Infrastructure group
  • Broadcasting and Digital Switchover group
  • Digital Economy and Services group

Portfolio Agencies

  • Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
  • Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
  • Special Broadcasting Service (SBS)
  • Australia Post
  • NBN Co Ltd

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