Our purpose | ACMA

Our purpose


To make communications and media work in Australia’s public interest 

We achieve our purpose by fostering an innovative communications and media environment that balances the needs of industry and the Australian community through regulation, education and advice.

Our functions include:

  • administering licensing regimes covering television and radio broadcasters, telecommunications carriers and users of radiofrequency spectrum
  • registering industry codes and standards for broadcasting and telecommunications, and monitoring compliance.

We also possess a range of enforcement powers, including:

  • issuing directions to comply with codes and standards
  • accepting enforceable undertakings
  • revoking or suspending broadcasting, carrier and radiocommunications licences
  • instituting Federal Court proceedings seeking injunctions or pecuniary penalties for contraventions of legislation the ACMA administers.

We aim to deliver public interest outcomes with the minimum regulatory burden necessary, while managing risks and protecting the interests of the community. As a regulator, our four desired performance outcomes are that:

  • we are an agile, timely and informed decision-maker
  • our actions are accurately targeted and commensurate with risk
  • we deliver continuous improvements in regulatory frameworks
  • we have the trust and confidence of stakeholders.

For further information on the ACMA's Portfolio Budget Statements, Regulatory Performance Framework and key legislation, please download the full version of the 2017–21 corporate plan.


Last updated: 01 September 2017