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Draft captioning quality guidelines

We are seeking feedback on new draft captioning quality guidelines.

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  • 1

    Consultation opened

    30 Oct 2023
  • 2

    Consultation closed

    12 Jan 2024
  • 3

    Outcome and submissions published

    26 Mar 2024

Key documents


We received 6 submissions to this consultation. Following our consideration, we made the final Captioning quality guidelines. We thank everyone who contributed.

Previous consultation: The issue

We are seeking feedback on new draft captioning quality guidelines designed to give broadcasters and their viewers a clearer understanding of how the ACMA assesses the quality of television captioning. 

The draft guidelines address captioning quality matters where stakeholders have previously requested clarification. These matters include how we assess captioning provided on television shows that have distinct program segments – such as news or current affairs, whether captions must be in a particular font or colour, and how soon captions must appear on screen after the corresponding audio.

The draft guidelines have been developed in response to feedback the ACMA has received from broadcasters during investigations and audits, and in response to the recent consultation undertaken before the Broadcasting Services (Television Captioning) Standard was remade.

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