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Australia seeks International Telecommunications Union Council re-election

Joint Media Release

The Hon Julie Bishop MP
Minister for Foreign Affairs

Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield
Minister for Communications

Australia will stand for re-election to the Council of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) later this year.

The ITU makes important decisions on the global communications networks Australians and our businesses rely on every time they use their smartphone, watch television or listen to the radio. As a specialised agency of the United Nations, the ITU brings together governments and industry to ensure efficient and affordable global telecommunication networks and services.

Australia has been an active member of the Council since 1959. We play a pivotal role in the ITU’s support for communications in our region, especially in addressing cyber security challenges. We will continue to support the ITU’s efforts to promote open, accessible and inclusive global communications.

As a Council member we promote a collaborative approach to the ITU’s activities and work to improve its efficiency and effectiveness. This supports Australia’s vital commercial and strategic interest in reliable, affordable and seamlessly interconnected global communications.

The Departments of Communications and the Arts, Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australian Communications and Media Authority will work together to campaign for Australia’s re-election.

Media Contact:

Foreign Minister’s Office: Lauren Gianoli | 0478 488 874

Communication Minister’s Office: Geraldine Mitchell | 0407 280 476