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Community safeguards inquiry

Issue for comment 24/2013

Submissions received to the Issues paper

The submission period on the Issues Paper closed on Monday 15 July 2013 (with the ACMA granting extensions to submitters on request). Copies of submissions to the issues paper are available below in PDF format:

1. Advertising Standards Bureau

2. Keith Anderson (954kb)

3. Australian Association of National Advertisers (852kb)

4. Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

5. Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF)

6. Australian Christian Lobby

7. Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN)

8. Australian Community Television Alliance (ACTA)

9. Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM)

10. Australian Human Rights Commission

11. Australian Narrowcast Radio Association (ANRA)

12. Australian Privacy Foundation

13. Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA)

14. Susan Bates

15. Brewers Association

16. Commercial Radio Australia

17. Commissioner for Children and Young People, Western Australia

18. Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) (790kb)

19. Bruce Connery

20. Adelle Elhosni & Sharley Mesbah Amin

21. Joshua Ebert

22. Mark Ellis

23. Sylvia Else

24. Family Voice Australia

25. Free TV Australia (713kb)

26. Saad Khan

27. Tiffany Lau

28. Kankana McPherson

29. Media Access Australia

30. Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance

31. Kozo Morimoto

32. Kozo Morimoto

33. National Alliance for Action on Alcohol

34. Obesity Policy Coalition

35. Morgan Parkinson

36. Joe Public

37. Real Media Real Change

38. Stuart Ryan

39. Special Broadcasting Service (SBS)

40. Women’s Health Victoria

Other informal submissions received

The ACMA has an open and consultative approach to the inquiry. Therefore, in addition to the formal submissions that were invited for the Issues paper, the ACMA also welcomed short, informal submissions on the issues raised throughout the inquiry. Copies of informal submissions to received by the inquiry to date are available below in PDF format:


The ACMA launched the Contemporary community safeguards inquiry to establish the core principles that should guide the broadcasting industry’s development of codes around content.

There have been considerable technological shifts within the broadcasting sector and the media environment in the two decades since codes were introduced. Community values and expectations have also altered over time, in line with changing societal norms. These developments have caused—and continue to cause—major paradigm shifts.

Industry codes are regularly but separately reviewed to ensure that the matters they cover remain relevant and continue to address community concerns. The separate review process is valuable but tends to be incremental because it is undertaken on a code-by-code basis.

For these reasons, the ACMA considered it timely to examine what contemporary codes of practice really need to address.

We are assessing what principles and safeguards are important in a number of ways, including:

  • undertaking attitudinal and economic research
  • calling for submissions from the public and industry
  • hosting several Citizen conversations.

Issues Paper

In June 2013, the ACMA released an issues paper (Word and PDF) asking if broadcasting regulation is keeping up with the rapid changes in society.

The ACMA asked citizens and industry participants about what should be included in contemporary broadcasting codes of practice (the rules about what you see and hear on radio and TV).

The Contemporary community safeguards inquiry issues paper underscores the imperative that Australia’s broadcasting codes of practice keep pace with changing community expectations and changing broadcasting business models. The ACMA invited public submissions to the paper during a consultation period which concluded on 15 July 2013.

Publication of submissions

In general, the ACMA publishes all submissions that it receives. However, the ACMA will not publish submissions that it considers contain defamatory or irrelevant material. The ACMA prefers to receive submissions that are not claimed to be confidential. However, the ACMA accepts that a submitter may sometimes wish to provide information in confidence. In these circumstances, submitters are asked to identify the material over which confidentiality is claimed and provide a written explanation for the claim.

The ACMA will consider each confidentiality claim on a case-by-case basis. If the ACMA accepts a claim, it will not publish the confidential information unless authorised to do so by law.

Last updated: 07 October 2016