On 1 July 2005 the Australian Communications & Media Authority (ACMA) was formed by the merger of the Australian Communications Authority (ACA) and the Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA).
The ACMA, along with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is responsible for regulating the broadcasting industry, the Internet, the telecommunications industry and the radiocommunications industry.
The primary legislation includes:
- the Australian Communications & Media Authority Act 2005
- the Radiocommunications Act 1992
Other Acts have also been passed to complement the primary legislation including:
- the Radiocommunications (Transmitter Licence Tax) Act 1983
- the Radiocommunications (Receiver Licence Tax) Act 1983
- the Radiocommunications (Spectrum Licence Tax) Act 1997
- the Radiocommunications Taxes Collection Act 1983
- the NRS Levy Imposition Act 1998.
The ACMA's Legislation
The ACMA also makes delegated legislation, including Radio- and Telecommunications Determinations, Declarations and Notices.
There are also other Acts which are related to the ACMA such as the Telecommunications Act 1997, the Broadcasting Services Act 1992, and the Telstra (Dilution of Public Ownership) Act 1996.
More information on the activities of the ACMA and the communications industry is available from the ACMA.