Abolition of BLF and datacasting charges | ACMA

Abolition of BLF and datacasting charges

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR COMMERCIAL BROADCASTERS

There have been some important changes to the fees paid by commercial broadcasters.

The enactment of the new Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Broadcasting Reform) Act 2017 has resulted in the abolishment of:

  • the broadcasting licence fees (BLF) paid by commercial broadcasters under the Television Licence Fees Act 1964 and the Radio Licence Fees Act 1964 (applicable from 1 January 2017)

  • the datacasting charges paid by commercial broadcasters under the Datacasting Charge (Imposition) Act 1998 (applicable from 1 July 2016).

In addition to these changes:

  • commercial broadcasters will not be required to complete and submit datacasting returns for the 2016–17 financial year

  • commercial broadcasters will not be required to complete and submit financial returns in relation to licence fees that were imposed under the Television Licence Fees Act 1964 and the Radio Licence Fees Act 1964 for the 2016–17 financial year.

At the same time, the Commercial Broadcasting (Tax) Act 2017, which commenced on 1 July 2017, has introduced a tax relating to transmitter licences that are associated with commercial broadcasting licences. The ACMA is preparing for the implementation of the new taxation arrangements.

Further information

You can contact the ACMA Revenue Assurance team at financialreturns@acma.gov.au or on (02) 6219 5355.

Last updated: 16 November 2017