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The Authority

We have an Authority that makes decisions on important matters for the ACMA.

The Authority is made up of a Chair, a Deputy Chair, 3 full-time members and 3 associate members.

Members are appointed by the Governor-General. The minister may also appoint associate members.

The Authority makes its decisions at formal weekly meetings. It also works with our staff in committees that deal with:

  • content matters
  • telco consumer issues
  • compliance and enforcement
  • spectrum management.

The ACMA Code of Conduct for Authority members and associate members outlines the role of the Authority and the standards expected of members.

Authority members

Ms Nerida O'Loughlin PSM Chair

Ms Nerida O'Loughlin PSM 


Appointed Chair 14 October 2017 for 5 years
Re-appointed as Chair from 14 October 2022 for 2 years

Nerida O'Loughlin commenced as Chair of the ACMA on 14 October 2017. Nerida has been a Deputy Secretary in the Department of Communications since 2011. Nerida led the Digital Television Switchover Program until 2013 and has since been responsible for a diverse range of policy, program and project areas. She also served as interim CEO of the Digital Transformation Agency from 2016 to 2017. Nerida was a General Manager in the ACMA from 2006 to 2011. Prior to that she had held senior positions in the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments, predominantly across the technology and cultural sectors.

Nerida is also a part-time Associate Member of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) appointed on 6 April 2019 to 13 October 2022.

On 10 June 2019, Nerida was awarded a Public Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday honours for ‘outstanding public service through contributions to a more digital Australia and government’.

Ms Creina Chapman

Ms Creina Chapman, Deputy Chair

Appointed Deputy Chair and CEO for 5 years from 11 June 2018 until 10 June 2023

Creina Chapman has held a number of senior executive and strategic adviser roles at commercial media companies; Southern Cross Austereo, News Corp, Publishing & Broadcasting Limited and the Nine Network. Her experience in the media and communications sector is gained from organisations spanning television, radio, print, mobile services, podcasting and online services which serve metropolitan, regional and remote Australian markets.

Creina has also been a senior policy adviser to Federal members of Parliament including Senator Richard Alston, Minister for Communications and the Arts, and Treasurer Joe Hockey MP. 

Mr James Cameron

Mr James Cameron, Full-time Member

Appointed Part-time Member 5 August 2013 for 5 years
Appointed Full-time Member 9 July 2015 to 4 August 2018
Re-appointed Full-time Member 5 August 2018 to 4 August 2021 
Reappointed Full-time Member 5 August 2021 to 4 August 2023
Appointed Acting Deputy Chairman 26 February 2016 to 30 June 2017 
Appointed Acting Deputy Chairman 30 June 2017 to 30 September 2017
Appointed Acting Deputy Chairman 30 September 2017 to 31 March 2018
Appointed Acting Deputy Chairman 1 April 2018 to 8 June 2018

James Cameron has over 20 years Australian Government public policy experience, including senior executive roles in the telecommunications, radiocommunications, broadcasting and digital economy fields. James has held executive positions managing government policies and programs supporting Australia’s arts and sports sectors and, immediately prior to joining the ACMA, was Chief Executive Officer of the National Water Commission.

James has also represented government agencies in parliament, in the media, at conferences and internationally.

Ms Anita Jacoby

Ms Anita Jacoby AM, Associate Member

Appointed Associate Member from 5 August 2018 for 5 years
Appointed Part-time Member from 5 August 2013 for 5 years  

Anita Jacoby is a broadcast executive and company director with more than 25 years’ experience in media and communications. A creative with a background as a multi-award-winning television, current affairs and film producer, Anita has created hundreds of hours of original content across almost all genres, and for every free-to-air network and Foxtel. Most recently, she was Managing Director of ITV Studios Australia, responsible for the local operations of this global company.

Anita was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Australia Day 2019 Honours list for her significant service to broadcast and print media and to community mental health groups.

Anita’s work has been recognised with 6 AFIs/AACTAs, a Logie and various other industry awards. She is currently on the National Advisory Board of Women in Media and has been a non-executive director on a number of not-for-profit boards, including headspace and Arts Law Centre Australia.

Anita’s 5-year appointment as a Part-time Member concluded on 4 August 2018. She was subsequently appointed by the Minister for Communications as an Associate Member for a further 5 years. The appointment relates to matters and decisions under the Broadcasting Services Act 1992, the Interactive Gambling Act 2001, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 and the Special Broadcasting Service Act 1991.

Anna Brakey

Anna Brakey, Part-time Associate Member

Appointed on 6 May 2021 for 5 years or until the appointee ceases to be a member of the ACCC, whichever comes first.

Anna Brakey was appointed a Commissioner of the ACCC in December 2020.

Anna has extensive experience in regulatory economics and public policy with over 25 years of experience working with regulators, government and within the private sector. She has had broad exposure to a wide range of infrastructure industries, including energy, water and transport. She has also worked on economic reform to social policy. Prior to starting at ACCC, Anna worked as an economist at Frontier Economics and held a number of roles at IPART, including being a deputy Tribunal Member, the Executive Director of Strategy and Economic Analysis and the Chief Operating Officer.  

Anna chairs the ACCC’s Infrastructure Committee, Communications Committee, Electricity Markets Inquiry Board and East Coast Gas Market Board, and is a member of the ACCC’s Competition Exemptions Committee and Agriculture Board.

Anna holds a Bachelor of Economics from Australian National University and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


To contact an Authority member, please contact the Authority Secretariat.

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