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ACMA reviewing access restrictions to certain online content

The Australian Communications and Media Authority is reviewing the Restricted Access System Declaration 2007 (the 2007 Declaration) for online content.

Under the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (the BSA), all R18+ content and certain commercial MA15+ content online is prohibited or potentially prohibited unless it is behind a valid restricted access system to help prevent under-age viewing.

‘The review may identify opportunities to reduce unnecessary costs and administrative burdens on industry, consistent with the Government’s de-regulation agenda,’ said ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman.

‘The discussion paper is also seeking comment on the effectiveness of the 2007 Declaration and suggestions for improvement,’ Mr Chapman added. ‘Any deregulatory amendments must obviously be balanced against the enduring need to keep effective community safeguards for Australians accessing online content.’

The ACMA’s 2007 consultation paper, and the submissions that the ACMA received, may be of interest to anyone intending to make a submission during the current consultation process. These documents are available here.

The closing date for submissions on the discussion paper is 5pm, 8 July 2014.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact: Blake Murdoch, on (02) 9334 7817, 0434 567 391 or

Media release 29/2014 - 10 June

Last updated: 11 August 2016