Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts
The Australian Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts has overall responsibility for broadcasting, the information and communications technology industry, the information economy, and telecommunications within Australia.
|Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts|
|Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications|
|Appointer||Governor-General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Australia|
|Inaugural holder||John Forrest (as Postmaster-General)|
|Formation||1 January 1901|
Senator the Hon. Mitch Fifield served as Communications Minister from 21 September 2015 until 23 August 2018, following criticism of the leadership of Malcolm Turnbull. On 28 August, he was reappointed to the post by Turnbull's successor Scott Morrison. Paul Fletcher was appointed in May 2019.
In the Government of Australia, the ministers administer the portfolio through the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications and a range of other government agencies.
On 26 May 2019 Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that Paul Fletcher would replace Fifield as Minister for Communications in the communications portfolio in the new Cabinet and the 46th Parliament of Australia with Fifield being recommended as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Australia to the United Nations.