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Broadcasting regulation

The ACMA plans the channels that radio and television services use, issues and renews licences, regulates the content of radio and television services, and administers the ownership and control rules for broadcasting services.

The regulatory regime for radio and television services, including digital services, is established by the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (BSA). All legislation relating to broadcasting regulations can be found on the ComLaw website.

Up-to-date lists of currently licensed television and radio broadcasters are available under lists of broadcasters. Details of ABC and SBS services are available on their websites.

Search by postcode to access a list of services that broadcast in your area.

The ACMA administers the ownership and control rules for broadcasting services

Most aspects of program content are governed by codes of practice developed by industry groups representing the various broadcasting sectors. Details of the codes and the ACMA program standards can be found under content regulation.

Details of channels assigned for digital TV and other information about digital TV and radio can be found under digital broadcasting.

Information about digital TV reception, retuning your VCR or set-top box, and what to do if you have poor or no reception of the local free-to-air commercial television services is contained in the reception and interference section.

Most complaints about the content of programs on radio and television, including ABC and SBS services, must first be made to the broadcaster concerned. Information about the broadcasting complaints process is available under Broadcasting complaints.

Last updated: 17 December 2012