Consultation on Broadcasting Services Determination now open

Dept of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications

The Australian Government has released a consultation paper seeking views on a proposal to remake the Broadcasting Services (“Broadcasting Service” Definition-Exclusion) Determination 2019 for a finite period while broader regulatory reforms are progressed.

The Determination was last extended for three years in 2019 while the former Liberal National Government considered recommendations to harmonise media regulation but failed to realise lasting change.

This consultation paper initiates a program of work to modernise media regulations where the Government will:

  1. make a decision on whether to make a new instrument before the current Determination expires on 18 September 2022;
  2. progress the election commitments to implement a legislative framework for prominence and review the anti-siphoning scheme; and
  3. engage further with stakeholders in the coming months on a broader reform agenda, and the principles, priorities and process that could guide and shape this work.

The Albanese Government recognises that the current Determination underpins much of Australia’s media regulation architecture and that it is appropriate to provide industry and consumers with a continued period of stability.

However, there is a need for broader reform, including to resolve the issue of whether live-streamed television and radio services delivered over the internet should be regulated under the Broadcasting Services Act 1992.

The Government is committed to an open and transparent reform program and there will be multiple opportunities for interested stakeholders and individuals to contribute to these processes.

/Public Release. This material from the originating organization/author(s) may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. The views and opinions expressed are those of the author(s).View in full here.