Update - Election advertising blackout periods | ACMA

Update - Election advertising blackout periods

Tasmania state election

From 12 am Thursday 1 March, radio and TV broadcasters are prohibited by the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 from showing any election advertisements ahead of the Tasmanian state election of Saturday 3 March 2018. 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 Tasmania, 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 Tasmania can be accessed here

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

South Australia state election

From 12 am Thursday 15 March, radio and TV broadcasters are prohibited by the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 from showing any election advertisements ahead of the South Australian state election of Saturday 17 March 2018. 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 South Australia, 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 South Australia can be accessed here.

Batman by-election

From 12 am Thursday 15 March, radio and TV broadcasters are prohibited by the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 from showing any election advertisements ahead of the Batman by-election of Saturday 17 March 2018. 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 Batman 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 Batman 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 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.

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

Last updated: 12 February 2018