Update - Election advertising blackout periods | ACMA

Update - Election advertising blackout periods

The  ACMA may update Blackout Period information from time to time in relation to federal, state, territory elections and federal by-elections but for state by-elections and local government elections, you are advised to consult your state or territory electoral commission.

Bennelong by-election

From 12 am Thursday 14 December, radio and TV broadcasters are prohibited by the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 from showing any election advertisements ahead of the Bennelong by-election of Saturday 16 December 2017. The blackout lasts until the polls close at 6 pm that Saturday.

The election advertising blackout applies to broadcasters whose services broadcast into the license areas across the Bennelong Electorate, 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 overlap with the electoral district of Bennelong can be accessed here

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

More information about the regulation of political matter on radio and television broadcast services is available here.

Last updated: 03 December 2017