You can apply to us for an opinion:
- before you propose a transaction, contract, agreement or other arrangement
- on your existing situation
Once we have given an opinion, we are bound by that opinion.
If we give an opinion that you are not in a position to exercise control of a licence, newspaper or company, no action can be taken against you under the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (BSA) for being in a position to exercise control, provided that the circumstances advised to us in your application remain substantially the same.
The fee for providing an opinion is $15,150. It must be paid when the application is lodged.
What we must do
We may ask you for further information via a written request within 30 days of receiving your application.
We must provide our opinion within 45 days of:
- receiving your application
- receiving further information we asked for
If this does not happen, it means we have agreed with your opinion.
Request an opinion
We will send you a confirmation of receipt of your application.
You should provide your views on whether the person or company who has asked for our opinion, is in a position to exercise control of the licence, newspaper or company in question.