Update - Election advertising blackout periods | ACMA

Update - Election advertising blackout periods

NSW state election

From 12 am Thursday 21 March, radio and TV licensees are prohibited by the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 from showing any election advertisements ahead of the NSW state election of Saturday 23 March 2019. The blackout lasts until the polls close at 6 pm that Saturday.

The election advertising blackout applies to broadcasters whose services broadcast into the radio and TV licence areas which cover NSW, including:

  • commercial television broadcasting licensees
  • commercial radio broadcasting licensees
  • community broadcasting licensees
  • subscription television broadcasting licensees providers of broadcasting services under class licences.

Maps of radio and television licence areas that cover NSW can be accessed here

The election advertising blackout only applies to broadcasters. It does not include online services and print media.

The  ACMA may update blackout period information from time-to-time for federal, state, territory elections and federal by-elections but for state by-elections and local government elections, consult your state or territory electoral commission.

Find out more about the regulation of political matter on radio and television broadcast services.

Last updated: 31 October 2017