Key internet links on Communications and Media

Commonwealth Regulatory and Administrative Authorities

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) was created on 1 July 2005, following the merger of the Australian Broadcasting Authority and the Australian Communications Authority.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission site contains speeches, press releases and other policy material dealing with competition aspects of telecommunications policy.

The Department of Broadband, Communications, and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) site provides extensive access to media releases, policy documents and related sites.

The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) develops and coordinates information policy, including online services and information technology.

The Classification Board and Classification Review Board administers Australia's censorship and classification policy.

The Online and Communications Council comprises members of the Commonwealth, state/territory and local governments who are responsible for policy on online issues and the information economy. The site contains information on the activities of the Council as well as links to the relevant state and local government authorities.

    Commonwealth Legislation

    Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 provides for the establishment and operation of the ABC.

    The Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005 establishes the ACMA for the regulation of broadcasting, radiocommunications and telecommunications.

    The Australian Film, Television and Radio School Act 1973 provides for the establishment and operation of the School.

    The Broadcasting Services Act 1992 provides for the regulation of broadcasting services by the Australian Broadcasting Authority.

    The Radiocommunications Act 1992 establishes the radiocommunications regulatory regime.

    The Special Broadcasting Service Act 1991 provides for the establishment and operations of the SBS.

    The Telecommunications Act 1997 provides for the regulation of telecommunications.

    The Telstra Corporation Act 1991 provides for the ownership and operations of Telstra.

    Research sites

    The Australian Centre for Independent Journalism, based at the University of Sydney, is an organisation that aims to stimulate the production of high quality investigative journalism.

    The International Institute of Communications is an organisation for international debate about communications.

    The Australian Children's Television Foundation develops and produces high quality television programs for children.

    Australian Council on Children and the Media is a community based organisation that deals with issues concerning children and the media.

    The Communications Law Centre is a public interest, research and education organisation specialising in media and communications law and policy. The site contains an extensive range of material and links relevant to the subject.

    The Information and Telecommunications Needs Research Group site has information on the group and its work.

    The Convergent Communications Research Group is a virtual research centre.

    The OECD provides information about Information and Communication Technologies.

    Australian TV ratings are compiled by OzTAM which conducts television audience measurement (TAM), covering the five city metropolitan areas and nationally for Subscription TV.

    Key National Bodies

    Screen Australia is a government agency which ensures the creation, preservation and availability of Australian audiovisual content.  It manages Get the Picture, a comprehensive collection of media statistics.

    The Australasian Performing Rights Association / Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society work to ensure music publishers and writers receive royalties.

    The Advertising Standards Bureau administers a national system of advertising self-regulation through the Advertising Standards Board and the Advertising Claims Board.

    The Australian Interactive Media Industry Association is the peak body for interactive content and digital media in Australia.

    Broadcast Australia owns and operates the most extensive multimedia transmission infrastructure in Australia, and provides analogue and digital television and analogue radio for the ABC and SBS.

    Commercial Radio Australia is the national industry body representing Australia's commercial radio broadcasters.

    Free TV Australia (formerly Commercial Television Australia) is the industry body that represents Australia's commercial free-to-air televisionl licencees.

    The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia is the peak body for community radio and television stations.

    The Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance is the union and professional organisation for people in the media, entertainment, sports and art industries.

    Nielsen Media Research provides statistical information about television and radio.

    Telstra Corporation

    ASTRA is the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association. ASTRA is responsible for the development of the codes of practice for the subscription television industry in consultation with the Australian Communications and Media Authority. ASTRA represents the industry on regulatory and policy issues.


    The Australian Press Council  is responsible for promoting standards of media practice, community access to information of public interest and freedom of expression through the media. The Council is the principal body with responsibility for responding to complaints about Australian newspapers, magazines and associated digital outlets.     


    Overseas Government Sites

    British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) 

    The UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport provides information about policies and programs.

    The Office of Communications OFCOM is the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries.

    The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is an independent agency responsible for regulating Canada's broadcasting and telecommunication systems.

    The Communications Research Centre is the Canadian federal government's centre of excellence for communications R&D.

    The Federal Communications Commission is the American government agency charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable.