Regulating radio broadcasters | ACMA

Regulating radio broadcasters

The Australian Communications and Media Authority’s (the ACMA) objectives in regulating radio broadcasting include:

  1. promoting program diversity

  2. limiting concentration of media ownership

  3. limiting foreign control of mass media

  4. helping media to foster an Australian cultural identity

  5. fair reporting of news

  6. respect for community standards.

The ACMA's role in the regulation of radio broadcasters includes:

  1. planning the radiofrequency spectrum used

  2. administering broadcast licences

  3. administering broadcasting codes of practice, standards and licence conditions.

The ACMA provides information to the public on:

  1. finding available radio channels

  2. radio reception.

The ACMA can act on complaints about the content of radio broadcasts, including ABC and SBS services, provided those complaints have first been made directly to the broadcaster.

Last updated: 13 February 2019