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The ACMA overview

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (the ACMA) is a statutory authority within the federal government portfolio of Communications and the Arts.

The ACMA is Australia's regulator for:

  • broadcasting
  • the internet
  • radiocommunications
  • telecommunications.

It was formed was in July 2005 when the Australian Communications Authority (ACA) merged with the Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA).

The Authority

The Authority comprises:

  • the Chair
  • the Deputy Chair
  • three full-time Members
  • one Associate Member.

Find out more about Authority members.

Dates for Authority meetings.

Corporate structure

The ACMA's day-to-day activities are managed by an executive team comprising:

  • the Chair
  • the Deputy Chair
  • the full-time Members
  • four general managers
  • 10 executive managers.

General managers are currently responsible for four broad areas:

  • Communications Infrastructure
  • Content, Consumer & Citizen
  • Corporate & Research
  • Legal Services.

These areas are divided into branches and sections with specific business functions. The ACMA employs around 500 people.

Service, accountability and reporting

The ACMA regularly reports on its performance through annual reports and other formal documents including the ACMA's Client Service Charter and freedom of information procedures.

Statement of Intent

View the ACMA’s Statement of Intent, which responds to the Australian Government’s Statement of Expectations outlining its expectations relating to the ACMA’s role and responsibilities.

Compliance and enforcement

The Australian media and communications landscape is diverse and complex. Obligations are placed on industry to ensure that:

  • community interests are met
  • consumers are protected
  • industry growth is encouraged.

The ACMA’s approach to compliance and enforcement is set out in the ACMA compliance and enforcement policy (Word and PDF).  

More information

Job opportunities

Working at the ACMA, including the opportunities and benefits available to our employees.


Requests for tenders are listed in this section. 

Last updated: 27 March 2019