Ministers for the Department of Communications and the Arts

Senator the Hon

Mitch Fifield

Minister for Communications
Minister for the Arts
Manager of Government Business in the Senate

Senator the Hon

Fiona Nash

Minister for Regional Communications
Deputy Leader of the Nationals

Past Ministers

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP

Minister for Communications

(September 2013 to September 2015)

The Hon Paul Fletcher MP

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications

(September 2013 to September 2015)

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  • The Turnbull Government has reappointed Dr Ziggy Switkowski AO as Chair and Non-Executive Director of the Board of NBN Co Limited (nbn) for a further three-year term.
  • Australians with vision impairment now have greater access to a wealth of global books and published materials in accessible formats following the Marrakesh Treaty coming into force today.
  • Joint media release. The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister and the Hon Mitch Fifield, Minister For Communications, Minister for the Arts. Just one year on from the launch of nbn's fibre-to-the-node service, more than a quarter of a million Australian homes and businesses are now benefiting from high-speed broadband and 854,000 addresses can access the FTTN and FTTB service.
  • At an event today with the Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, and the Indian Minister for Culture and Tourism, the Hon Dr Mahesh Sharma, the National Gallery of Australia formally returned two statues from its Asian art collection to the Government of India.
  • The Turnbull Government has announced almost $1 million for eight tours to 117 locations around Australia through the Playing Australia Regional Performing Arts Touring Fund.
  • Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield today launched a new Internet of Things (IoT) community network at Barangaroo as part of the inaugural Internet of Things Alliance Australia (IoTAA) ‘State of the Nation’ workshop.
  • This week, hundreds of schools and libraries across Australia will participate in National eSmart Week – an initiative to encourage cyber safety and digital inclusion.
  • The Turnbull Government is inviting submissions on the ongoing operation of telecommunications conduct regulation following the release of proposed changes to general competition law.
  • The Turnbull Government has reintroduced much needed media reform legislation to support the viability of Australian media organisations as they face increasing competition from less regulated services.
  • The Turnbull Government has appointed Ms Claudia Karvan, Mr Richard King and Mr Michael Hawkins to the Screen Australia Board for three year terms.
  • 10:36am. But ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, today is in part a celebration of the ABC's commitment to quality children's programming. And today for all of us is a celebration of the wonder of youth. It's a celebration of what it's like to have that unbridled curiosity that the boys and girls who are with us today have. It takes us back to the core of who we are. So I think to open this exhibition, I couldn't do better than to say: Open wide, come inside. It's Play School.
  • Prysmian Cables & Systems, Dee Why Sydney 6 April 2016
  • 9.15am. Good morning everyone and particularly to Grahame and Petroc, thank you to you and your team for organising this CommsDay summit.
  • Melbourne Press Club Address Crown River Room, Crown Towers 30 March 2016 1.00pm
  • Speech at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
  • PM Agenda with David Speers SkyNews 4:25pm 29 September 2016
  • Subjects: Senate business, media reform.
  • ABC Lateline Parliament House, 1 September 2016, 9:30pm
  • RN Drive with Patricia Karvelas, 1 September 2016, 6:06pm
  • Subjects: Media reform, Senate crossbench, marriage plebiscite.
  • Bothwell residents will have improved mobile phone coverage after the Coalition Government delivered a new mobile phone tower to the community.
  • The Coalition's mix of technologies is delivering reliable, affordable, fast broadband to rural, regional and remote Australia, Minister for Regional Communications Fiona Nash said today.
  • Deputy Nationals Leader Senator Fiona Nash has welcomed her new role of Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Regional Communications and Minister for Local Government and Territories.
  • Minister for Regional Communications Fiona Nash has visited Albany to brief stakeholders on the rollout of 15 mobile base stations that will improve mobile coverage across Albany, Denmark and Plantagenet.
  • Minister for Regional Communications Fiona Nash has welcomed today's release by Vodafone of its construction schedule for the mobile phone base stations it is building under round 1 of the Coalition Government's $385 million Mobile Black Spot Programme.
  • Rural and Regional Australians will now be able to access up-to-date information on the rollout of round 1 of the Coalition Government’s $160 million Mobile Black Spot Programme.
  • Minister for Regional Communications and Nationals Deputy Leader Fiona Nash has welcomed stronger local content laws for regional television broadcasters announced by Communications Minister Mitch Fifield.
  • Even more rural and remote people will receive better mobile phone coverage thanks to Round 2 of the Coalition Government's Mobile Black Spot Programme, Minister for Regional Communications Fiona Nash announced today.
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