Update - Election advertising blackout periods | ACMA

Update - Election advertising blackout periods

Advertising blackout periods will apply ahead of the upcoming by-elections for the federal electorates of Braddon, Fremantle, Longman, Mayo and Perth.

Blackout times

From 12 am, Thursday 26 July, radio and TV broadcasters are prohibited by the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 from showing any election advertisements ahead of the by-elections until the polls close at 6 pm, Saturday 28 July 2018.

Who does it apply to?

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

  • commercial television broadcasting licensees

  • commercial radio broadcasting licensees

  • community broadcasting licensees

  • subscription television broadcasting licensees

  • providers of broadcasting services under class licences.

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

Maps of radio and television licence areas

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: 30 May 2018