ACMA Chair Nerida O’Loughlin
Tuesday 30 October 2018
Good morning and welcome everyone to RadComms 2018. It’s good to see so many familiar, and many new faces here today.
Firstly, I would like to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, as the traditional custodians of this land on which we meet today. I pay my respect to their elders, past, present and emerging.
Last year was my first RadComms, only a few weeks after I commenced as ACMA Chair. It has been a very full 12 months, so today I would like to:
- give you an update on new Authority arrangements and introduce Authority members who are all here today
- discuss the ACMA’s new strategic direction, vision and mission as encapsulated in our 2018–19 corporate plan
- identify a number of spectrum priorities and our current thinking.
Changes to the ACMA’s governance structure, including a move to more full-time Authority members was one of the key recommendations arising from the Review of the ACMA.
This year, the government appointed three and reappointed one Full-time Authority Members—all of whom will be here and chairing sessions throughout the two days at RadComms.
I would like to introduce you to them—Creina Chapman, the ACMA’s Deputy Chair and CEO, Fiona Cameron, James Cameron and Chris Jose.
And recently, Anita Jacoby has been appointed as an Associate Member of the Authority. As an Associate Member, Anita’s appointment relates to broadcasting and gambling matters and decisions.
As a new Authority, we have taken steps to provide more transparency about how we operate. This was another key recommendation arising from the ACMA Review.
We recently published on our website, our Code of Conduct for Authority Members and Associates.
The Code includes our new arrangements, whereby each member will be an Authority Lead in specific areas, enabling them to provide focus and additional expertise in those areas.
This will also involve engaging with stakeholders in the relevant area and representing the Authority in relevant external forums. Those of you who deal with our fellow regulator, the ACCC, will be familiar with such a model.
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