Phil Cullen

I work for the Department of Communications where I develop policy, manage programs and help promote awareness of Australian communications and media policy and regulatory settings. I currently manage the Online Safety Education team following on from prior assignments in National and Community Broadcasting, e-Safety Policy and Coordination, Indigenous Broadcasting, Security Strategy Policy, Broadcasting Content Policy, Digital Economy Policy and Online Content, Copyright and Trade.

Prior to joining the Department, I trained journalism and communications students at Canberra and Griffith Universities and taught media management, production and presentation skills for the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. As the communications manager and webmaster for interNATIONAL PARKtours I helped position the company through emerging and traditional media strategies, developed tours and walked for a living.

I was a senior manager at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation; managing facilities and resources, assembling and developing production teams, consulting with stakeholders and developing content and promotions strategies. I worked, at various times, as; Development Coordinator for ABC Radio, Manager ABC Coast FM, Manager 612 ABC Brisbane, Manager 105.7 ABC Darwin, Manager 774 ABC Melbourne, Manager Queensland, Manager Northern Territory and General Manager Triple J. I cut my teeth in media by helping kick start the community sector as a board member and broadcaster at 2ARM and program director and broadcaster at 4ZZZ; winning national awards for Documentary, News and Music features.

My core skills are in the strategic development and positioning of communications enterprises, including: governance, policy development and change management; team engagement, deployment and development; business, resource, content and facilities management; media production and presentation; stakeholder engagement, strategic communications and public relations; research and writing; negotiation and conciliation.

Personal Info

Name Phil Cullen
Address Canberra and Lower Beechmont. Australia.
Email contact(at)
Phone +61 2 6100 3770


  • December 2013 to Current

    Various Policy Management assignments in National and Community Broadcasting and Online Cybersafety Policy and Coordination, Department of Communications, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. Currently Manager Online Safety Education, leading the team producing and developing the Cybersafety Help Button and Easy Guide to Socialising Online. Working to establish the Children's e-Safety Commissioner and other current initiatives, including support for schools through the National Safe Schools Initiative. Liaise with industry on improved safety options on access devices and services.

    March 2013 to December 2013

    Manager Indigenous Broadcasting, Public Interest Broadcasting, Department of Communications, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. The section administers the Indigenous Broadcasting Program, which helps underwrite Indigenous radio broadcasters, peak bodies, content producers and training as well as Imparja Television and Indigenous Community Television. Manage the movement and transition of the programme to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

    November 2012 to March 2013

    Assistant Director, Security Strategy Policy, Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. The Security Strategy Policy Section provides policy advice on cybersecurity issues for small business and home-users, and manages Australia's engagement on communications and cybersecurity issues in the Asia-Pacific region.

    November 2011 to November 2012

    Assistant Manager, Broadcasting Content Policy, Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. The Broadcasting Content Policy Section provides policy advice on the regulatory framework that governs content broadcast on commercial television and radio.

    July 2010 to November 2011

    Lecture and convene Broadcast Journalism 1, University of Canberra. Teach in Media Industries and Audiences, Advanced Broadcast Journalism 2, Broadcast Journalism 2, Online News, Understanding Media and Communications Technology and Change.


  • Batchelor of Arts (Psychology and Sociology), University of New England (1975-1977).

Media Management

    Change management
    Project management
    Strategic management
    Business management

Production and presentation

    Research and writing
    Presentation (live and in media)
    Technical production (all media)
    Event presentation and production

Training and development

    Workplace induction and development
    Skills upgrade and extension
    Course preparation and presentation

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Contact Info

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Canberra and Lower Beechmont. Australia.

Email: contact(at)
Phone: +61 2 6100 3770