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Online content service provider rules

Consultation closes: 10 May 2018

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Outcome of this consultation

The ACMA issued revised draft Online Rules for a second round of consultation on 12 July 2018.

The ACMA received fourteen submissions to this consultation, one of which was confidential. These can be accessed from the right hand side index box under 'Other submissions received'.




Consultation paper:
Draft online content service provider rules—Gambling promotional content provided in conjunction with live coverage of a sporting event

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Draft Broadcasting Services Online Content Service Provider Rules 2018 (made under the new Schedule 8 to the BSA)

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The ACMA is consulting on proposed new rules to restrict gambling advertising during live-streamed sport.

On 6 May 2017, the Australian Government announced a package of reforms that included restrictions on gambling advertising during live sporting events across broadcast and online platforms. The draft Broadcasting Services Online Content Service Provider Rules 2018 (draft Online Rules) are designed to enhance safeguards for child audiences of live sport.

The ACMA registered new codes of practice for radio and television broadcasting sectors on 12 March 2018, effective from 30 March 2018.

The intention is for the draft Online Rules to be as consistent as practicable with broadcasting rules. However, the operating environments for broadcasting and online content provision and advertising are not equivalent. So while the draft Online Rules are substantially similar to the broadcasting codes, there are areas where they are not expressed in identical terms.

Once finalised, the draft Online Rules will be a legislative instrument.

Opportunity to provide feedback
The ACMA welcomes comments from stakeholders on the draft Online Rules.