Issue for comment 26/2013
As required by the Broadcasting Services (Material of Local Significance – Regional Aggregated Commercial Television Broadcasting Licences) Direction 2013, the ACMA is investigating the operation and effectiveness of current local content requirements, including whether they should be extended to other regional areas of Australia.
As part of this investigation, on 9 July 2013 the ACMA released a consultation paper which sought submissions regarding the provision of local content by commercial television broadcasters in regional Australia. The closing date for submissions was 20 August 2013.
The ACMA received 24 submissions in response to the consultation paper. The submissions are available below:
The Ministerial Direction requires the ACMA to complete its investigation by 29 December 2013.
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The Australian Communications and Media Authority has released a Consultation paper and is seeking submissions on local content requirements for regional commercial television broadcasters.
Currently commercial television broadcasters in regional Queensland, regional Victoria, Tasmania and parts of regional NSW to broadcast minimum levels of local content.
As required by the Broadcasting Services (Material of Local Significance – Regional Aggregated Commercial Television Broadcasting Licences) Direction 2013, the ACMA is investigating the operation and effectiveness of the current local content requirements, including whether they should be extended to other regional areas of Australia.
Individuals and organisations are encouraged to comment on a range of issues, including the importance of local information in regional Australia, the availability of local information across media platforms in regional Australia and particular issues faced by television broadcasters in providing local content in regional Australia.
In addition to public consultation, as part of the investigation the ACMA will be consulting with regional commercial television broadcasters and undertaking research, including a survey of people in regional Australia and economic analysis.
Making a submission
The ACMA invites interested parties to make submissions to the regional television local content investigation. Submissions should be made:
By email: email@example.com
Television Local Content Investigation
Content Monitoring and Review Section
Australian Communications and Media Authority
PO Box Q500
Queen Victoria Building NSW 1230
The closing date for submissions was 20 August 2013.
Electronic submissions in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format are preferred.
The ACMA is working to enhance the effectiveness of its stakeholder consultation processes, which are an important source of evidence for its regulatory development activities. To assist stakeholders in formulating submissions to its formal, written consultation processes, it has developed the following guide: Effective consultation: A guide to making a submission. This guide provides information about the ACMA’s formal written public consultation processes and practical guidance on how to make a submission.
Publication of submissions
In general, the ACMA publishes all submissions it receives. The ACMA prefers to receive submissions that are not confidential. However, the ACMA accepts that a submitter may sometimes wish to provide information in confidence. In these circumstances, submitters are asked to identify the material over which confidentiality is claimed and provide a written explanation for the claim.
The ACMA will consider each confidentiality claim on a case-by-case basis. If the ACMA accepts a claim, it will not publish the confidential information unless authorised or required by law to do so.
Release of submissions where authorised or required by law
Any submissions provided to the ACMA may be released under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (unless an exemption applies) or shared with other Commonwealth Government agencies or certain other entities under Part 7A of the Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005. The ACMA may also be required to release submissions for other reasons including for the purpose of parliamentary processes or where otherwise required by law (for example, under a court subpoena). While the ACMA seeks to consult submitters of confidential information before that information is provided to another party, the ACMA cannot guarantee that confidential information will not be released through these or other legal means.