Regulatory responsibility | ACMA

Regulatory responsibility

The ACMA is the government body responsible for the regulation of broadcasting, telecommunications, radiocommunications and online industries.

The ACMA's responsibilities include:

  • promoting self-regulation and competition while protecting consumers and other users
  • fostering an environment in which electronic media respect community standards and respond to user needs
  • managing access to the radiofrequency spectrum
  • representing Australia 's communications interests internationally.

Broadcasting regulation

The ACMA plans the channels that radio and television services use, issues and renews licences, regulates the content of radio and television services and administers the ownership and control rules for broadcasting services.

Online content regulation

The ACMA administers a co-regulatory scheme for online content through codes of practice and is responsible for regulating online content (internet and mobile content) and enforcing Australia's anti-spam laws.

  • Online regulation

Telecommunications regulation

The ACMA licences Australia's telecommunications carriers and regulates fixed line and mobile telecommunications. The Australian telecommunications industry is regulated through the application of industry codes, industry standards, and technical standards.

  • Telecommunications regulation
  • Carriers & service providers
  • Infrastructure
  • Submarine telecommunications cables

Radiofrequency spectrum management regulation

The ACMA plans and manages the radiofrequency spectrum in Australia. It is responsible for compliance with licensing requirements and investigating complaints of interference to services. The ACMA's involvement covers licensing, planning and the coordination of standards.

Last updated: 17 December 2012