To ensure the many unique operating conditions for community broadcasting licences are met by broadcasters, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (the ACMA) has a rigorous monitoring and review process. Read on for more information.
Community broadcasting licence holders must always operate in accordance with licence conditions and the code of practice. To ensure this happens, the ACMA will monitor licence holders for the duration of their licence. Monitoring occurs through progress reporting, reviewing what you broadcast, station visits and meetings.
When a breach is found, the ACMA can take measures to ensure you comply with relevant codes or licence conditions. You will be required to provide regular reports to the ACMA to demonstrate that you are meeting your obligations. These reports are assessed to determine whether you are complying, or further action is required. Enforcement actions arising from licence renewal reviews and breach investigations are available on the ACMA website.
The ACMA also plays a review and guidance role in community broadcasting. The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA), representing the community broadcasting sector, and the Australian Community Television Alliance (ACTA), which represents the community television broadcasting sector, are required to develop codes of practice in consultation with the ACMA.
The requirement for codes of practice and reviews are set out at Part 9 of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992, and are reviewed every three to five years. The codes of practice for community radio were reviewed in 2007-2008 and included by the ACMA in the Register of Codes of Practice in October 2008.