The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy is the lead Australian Government agency working to support all Australians realise the full potential of the digital economy. On this page you'll find information about what we're doing to achieve this.
In May 2011 the Australian Government announced the National Digital Economy Strategy which outlines how the National Broadband Network (NBN) will help Australia become a leading global digital economy by 2020.
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A successful digital economy is essential for Australia's economic growth and ability to maintain its international standing.
Find out about Australian Government programs and initiatives designed to support innovative broadband and digital technology services and communications.
The department engages with industry, the community and government—in Australia and overseas—to ensure that we develop effective digital economy policy and programs. We also use a range of different digital economy tools as part of our public and industry engagement.
Broadband and the digital economy
The National Broadband Network (NBN) will provide vital digital infrastructure to enable Australia's digital economy.
The department has commissioned various research projects to assess the benefits of a digital economy enabled by the NBN.
The National Cloud Computing Strategy outlines the Government’s vision for Australians to create and use world class cloud services to boost innovation and productivity across the digital economy.
The Convergence Review was an independent review established by the Australian Government to examine the policy and regulatory frameworks that apply to the converged media and communications landscape in Australia.
The Convergence Review Committee was chaired by Glen Boreham with Malcolm Long and Louise McElvogue as committee members. The committee handed its final report to government on 30 March 2012.
Independent Media Inquiry
On 14 September 2011 the Australian Government established an independent inquiry into the Australian media to examine the pressures facing newspapers, online publications and their newsrooms as well as the operation of the Australian Press Council. The inquiry was led by former Justice of the Federal Court of Australia, Mr Ray Finkelstein QC. The inquiry reported to government on 28 February 2012.