Radio content regulation | ACMA

Radio content regulation

The main responsibility for ensuring radio programs reflect community standards rests with radio stations themselves through the system of industry-developed codes of practice. Other matters are dealt with in licence conditions or program standards.

A local content licence condition requires most regional commercial radio stations to broadcast a certain amount of material of local significance on business days. Some regional commercial radio stations must also meet the minimum service standards for local news and information set out in the Broadcasting Services Act 1992.

Other licence conditions under the BSA regulate matters such as tobacco and therapeutic goods advertisements, sponsorship announcements on community radio and the broadcast of political and election matter.

Program standards regulate matters such as the disclosure of commercial arrangements on commercial radio current affairs programs.

Specific radio content regulation information

Last updated: 13 March 2019