Digital Australia & Emergent Asia


Keith Besgrove

First Assistant Secretary, Department of Broadband, Communications and Digital Economy

Keith Besgrove is the First Assistant Secretary, Digital Economy Services Division in the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) in Canberra, Australia.

Keith provides advice to the Australian Government on strategic, legal and regulatory issues relating to communications and the digital economy.

Within Australia, Keith has responsibility for spectrum policy, postal services, regional and indigenous communications, and consumer issues such as spam. He also manages the National Broadband Network trials for education, healthcare and local government and is a member of the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce. In 2010–11, he chaired a public-private taskforce which examined the public policy implications of cloud computing. The report is available at

Keith has represented Australia in various international groups including the OECD, APEC and ITU.  He was the Chair of the OECD Working Party on Information Security and Privacy (WPISP) for five years until 2010.

Keith has a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Sydney University and has completed the Advanced Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.