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Foreign ownership

Foreign stakeholders must tell us of their interests in Australian media companies.

A 'foreign person' with company interests of 2.5% or more (foreign stakeholder) in an Australian media company must tell us of that interest. (The Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975 defines a 'foreign person'.)

This is to allow increased scrutiny of foreign investment in Australian media companies. It also gives increased transparency as to the levels and sources of foreign investment in such companies.

Register of foreign owners

We maintain a Register of Foreign Owners of Media Assets. This includes information about foreign stakeholders and their interests in media assets.

These might include commercial TV and radio broadcasting licences, and newspapers associated with commercial broadcasting licence areas. We have listed the notification rules under Division 10A of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 below.

Initial disclosure period

Under new provisions, foreign stakeholders were required to notify us of their company interests of 2.5% or more by 28 February 2019.

Change of status

Foreign stakeholders who gain or release company interests of 2.5% or more in an Australian media company need to notify us within 30 days.

End of financial year reporting

Foreign stakeholders must tell us if they hold interests of 2.5% or more in an Australian media company. This must happen within 30 days of the end of each financial year.

Executors, administrators and liquidators

People acting for foreign stakeholders must tell us if notification rules apply to them. This includes executors, administrators and liquidators.

Notify us of foreign stakeholder status

Tell us about your foreign stakeholder status on this form.

Lodgement—notification of foreign ownership of media assets.

Identifying Australian media companies

Our website has information on Australian media companies, which include the owners of commercial television and radio broadcasting licences and the publishers of associated newspapers.

Search for foreign stakeholder records

You can access the Register of Foreign Owners of Media Assets from Media ownership and control registers.

Further information

If you require further information you can contact us at foreignmediaownership@acma.gov.au.

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