The list below groups senior executive staff according to area of responsibility.
Drew Clarke was appointed Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Communications in 2013. The portfolio includes the ABC, SBS, Australia Post, the National Broadband Network Company (nbn), the Digital Transformation Office, and the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
Drew was previously Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism. His earlier roles included leadership roles in energy policy, AusIndustry and science agencies. He holds an MSc from Ohio State University and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. He was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2009 for his work in energy market reform and clean energy. Drew began his public sector career as a surveyor working in Australia and Antarctica.
We are committed to ensuring the provision of efficient and resilient communications networks.
We are working to promote productivity across the economy through the innovative use of data and digital technologies.
We are working to ensure equitable access to content and basic communications services and provide effective consumer safeguards.
We seek to identify, assess and explain developments in digital technologies, and communications networks and services to inform strategic policy linkages and directions.
Manage the preparation and delivery of high quality legal services and strategic advice to the Department and support the Executive Leadership Team on significant strategic issues
To develop and implement strategies and services to support the continuous improvement of the Department
Nerida O'Loughlin was appointed as Deputy Secretary in 2011 to lead the Digital Television Switchover Programme. She was also responsible for broadcasting, corporate and legal functions within the Department prior to its restructure in 2014. Nerida is currently Deputy Secretary, Strategy.
Nerida joined the Department from the Australian Communications and Media Authority. Prior to that she had held senior positions in the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments working on policy and programs, predominantly across the technology and cultural sectors.