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Understanding our investigations

We regulate the broadcasting sector in Australia, including commercial and community radio, and free-to-air and subscription television. We can investigate code complaints first made to broadcasters, where the complainant remains dissatisfied with the broadcaster’s response.

The broadcast industry codes often use words such as 'accuracy' and 'impartiality' or 'decency'. These words can be interpreted in many different ways.

We have published three papers to give context and clarity around what these words mean, and how broadcasters can comply with them. The papers also show how the principles of broadcast regulation apply to the decisions we make.

We regularly update the papers so that they are current and useful, and welcome feedback from anyone.

Investigation concepts—Accuracy

Investigation concepts—Fairness, impartiality and viewpoints

Investigation concepts—Decency, classification, and harm and offence

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