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


  • The Australian Government will provide more than $160,000 over four years to promote Australian authors and illustrators through a strong Australian presence at the pre-eminent global Children’s Book Fair in Bologna, Italy.
  • A repatriation ceremony was held at the Australian Embassy in Berlin last night to respectfully acknowledge the unconditional return of three Indigenous ancestral remains from German institutions.
  • The Australian Government is pleased to announce the reappointment of nbn CEO Bill Morrow to the company’s Board as executive director for a further three-year term, commencing 2 April 2017. Mr Morrow’s appointment as CEO remains ongoing.
  • The Turnbull Government is pleased to announce that Mr Justin Milne has been appointed as the Chairman and a non-executive director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Board.
  • The Turnbull Government today introduced the Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill 2017 to streamline and simplify the copyright framework for the disability, education, library and archive sectors while respecting the interests of copyright holders.
  • The Turnbull Government has announced three new appointments to the Screen Australia Board.
  • The Turnbull Government has announced changes to Arts portfolio funding arrangements, with the transfer of the majority of funds from Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund to the Australia Council.
  • The nation has lost a significant Australian and a talented artist whose mind and hand formed words and images that challenged our thinking and helped us make sense of events.
  • I extend my condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Ms Betty Amsden AO DSJ, who passed away peacefully at home in Melbourne over the weekend.
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