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Effective self- & co-regulatory arrangements

This is an update to the first edition of Optimal conditions for effective self- and co-regulatory arrangements, published in June 2010. It considers the conditions that are likely to lead to effective and efficient regulation, particularly in relation to industry self- and co-regulatory arrangements in which the ACMA has a role.

It builds on the 2010 paper by adding two new conditions to the ACMA's 'optimal conditions' framework for assessing self- and co-regulatory arrangements. It discusses the challenges and opportunities of convergence for self- and co-regulation, and sets out case studies that illustrate the ACMA's assessment framework and lessons learnt.

The four case studies in the 2011 edition provide perspectives on the application of co- and self-regulation in the context of:

  • current regulation—the Reconnecting the Customer case study
  • issues where the regulatory boundaries are being stretched—mobile premium services and mobile-phone based payment systems case study
  • issues that sit largely outside the boundaries of current regulation—video-sharing websites and cybersecurity case studies.

The paper aims to inform broader public policy discussions about effective regulatory mechanisms in a converged media and communications landscape.

Optimal conditions for effective self- and co-regulatory arrangements is available in PDF (702 kB) or Word (2.1 MB) formats. The revised edition was released in September 2011.

Last updated: 17 September 2014