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Anti-terrorism standards (narrowcast television)

Open and subscription narrowcast television licensees are subject to anti-terrorism standards that prohibit the broadcast of terrorism related content and programming.

Under the anti-terrorism standards, terrorism related content means a program that:

  • would be reasonably understood as directly recruiting a person to join, or participate in the activities of, a listed terrorist; or
  • would be reasonably understood as soliciting funds for a listed terrorist; or
  • would be reasonably understood as assisting in the collection or provision of funds for a listed terrorist; or
  • advocates the doing of a terrorist act.
The anti-terrorism standards define ‘listed terrorist’ as:
  1. the list of terrorist organisations prescribed in the Criminal Code Regulations 2002 (this list is available at;
  2. those persons and entities listed in the Commonwealth Gazette by the Minister for Foreign Affairs for their association with the commission of terrorist acts (information about these persons and entities is available at
The ACMA has produced these Guidelines for the anti-terrorism standards (142 kb). The two anti-terrorism standards are: Citizens can complain directly to the ACMA if they believe a narrowcast TV operator has not complied with the anti-terrorism standards. The ACMA’s published narrowcast TV investigations are available here.

Last updated: 17 December 2012