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Registrations open for Australian content conversation

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With the communications landscape almost unrecognisable from 20 years ago, the Australian Communications and Media Authority will hold a two-day conference in May to explore the challenges of regulating and supporting the Australian content we see on our screens and devices.

The conference—to be held 16–17 May at Sydney’s International Convention Centre—is being organised in conjunction with the Department of Communications and the Arts and Screen Australia. This will be a wide-ranging discussion about the value and importance of Australians seeing Australian stories and how we ensure those stories continue to be told.

‘It is timely to have this conversation,’ said acting ACMA Chairman Richard Bean. ‘The Australian content sector, government and regulators face challenges and opportunities arising from abundant content, constant innovation and rapidly evolving audience consumption patterns. This is a dynamic media environment.’

The conference will feature representatives from the major broadcasters, key local production houses, Google, Netflix and YouTube, as well as high-level Australian and international government speakers.

‘We'll explore themes including the importance of Australian content, diversity of local voices, the content development process and the business of content-making, as well as the regulatory challenges and opportunities that arise when citizens expect access to the content they want, when and where they want it,’ Richard Bean said.

Register now! Additional information and registration details are available. View the full list of confirmed speakers.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact: Blake Murdoch, on (02) 9334 7817, 0434 567 391 or

Media release 2/2017 - 23 February


Conference format

  • An open ‘conversation’ with a focus on panel sessions.
  • The conference will feature an interactive format and mix of sessions intended to maximise audience interaction and discussion.

Conference narrative

Day one sets the scene:

  • The value of Australian content (cultural and economic).
  • Current regulation and funding interventions.
  • New technologies and how these affect the creation and consumption of content.
  • The economics of the production of Australian content.

Day two has a future focus:

  • Interventions that could and should be made.
  • In thinking about this, we will see what lessons we can learn from other jurisdictions.
  • We will also broaden the conversation to look at regional/local voices and kids’ TV.

Last updated: 15 April 2019