About content and advertising regulation | ACMA

About content and advertising regulation

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) regulates radio and television content through:

Other advertising on commercial television, commercial radio and pay TV is covered by the Advertising Standards Bureau code of practice.

The ACMA also administers the national regulatory scheme for internet content. The scheme was established under the Broadcasting Services Act 1992, and is designed to address community concerns about offensive and illegal material on the internet.

The ACMA's main responsibilities for content and advertising regulation are grouped below.


  • General information about spam, including FAQs.
  • Codes of conduct and advice on making complaints about spam.


  • Information on broadcasting content regulation for television and radio, including advertising, codes and standards, children's television and local content.
  • Procedures for lodging complaints with the broadcaster or with the ACMA.


  • Information on online content controls, including internet gambling, complaint statistics and sample investigation reports.
  • Advice for parents and carers to ensure that children and teenagers enjoy a safe and productive experience on the internet.


  • Information on phone advertising and content controls, including premium services and complaint mechanisms.
  • Details of the Do Not Call Register.

Last updated: 05 July 2016