Outgoing department secretary Patricia Scott

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy today thanked outgoing Department Secretary Patricia Scott for her significant contribution and efforts in the portfolio.

"Patricia has guided me through the challenging process of transition to Government, implementing new policy and the mysteries of Cabinet processes," Senator Conroy said.

"Patricia has worked tirelessly to assist the Government to deliver its policy agenda and election commitments."

"Establishing the company to rollout and operate the National Broadband Network has been a major feat and Patricia has played a strong part in its creation."

"She has also made a strong contribution to important policy achievements including the review and funding contributions for SBS and the ABC – the largest increase in history, the rollout of the digital television switchover strategy, the delivery of important cyber-safety and e-security programs and our responses to inadequate communications facilities in regional, rural and remote Australia."

"The Rudd Government set an ambitious agenda for the Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy portfolio and I would like to thank Patricia for her efforts ensuring those commitments were delivered.

"In her new role, Patricia will continue to pursue the Government’s important micro-economic reform agenda and I wish her every success in the future."