Media and communications resources and information: a quick guide

21 June 2017

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Dr Rhonda Jolly
Social Policy Section

This Quick Guide provides a listing of online information for sources relevant to Australian media and communications legislation, standards, policy and industry advocacy.

It also includes links to selected overseas regulatory bodies.

Australian legislation

Federal regulatory and administrative authorities

Non-government regulatory and administrative bodies

  • 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 also the principal body with responsibility for responding to complaints about Australian newspapers, magazines and associated digital outlets.
  • The Independent Media Council is an industry regulatory body funded by Seven West Media.
  • The Advertising Standards Bureau administers a national system of advertising self-regulation through the Advertising Standards Board and the Advertising Claims Board.
  • 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.


National broadcasters

  • According to its Charter, the ABC is required to provide informative, entertaining and educational services that reflect the breadth of the Australian nation.
  • SBS is ‘founded on the belief that all Australians, regardless of geography, age, cultural background or language skills should have access to high quality, independent, culturally-relevant Australian media’.

Government agencies and companies

Advocacy groups

Ratings and circulation information

  • Nielsen Media Research provides statistical information about television and radio audiences and programs.
  • Australian TV ratings are compiled by OzTAM which conducts television audience measurement (TAM), covering the five city metropolitan areas and nationally for subscription television
    • Regional TAM provides information on free-to-air and subscription television viewing in the five east coast aggregated regional markets (including sub markets) and the regional Western Australian market.
    • OzTAM’s VPM Report provides information on online video content streamed live or played on-demand from broadcasters who participate in its survey.
  • GfK surveys radio audiences in Australia across the five major mainland metropolitan markets—Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. It also surveys Newcastle, Canberra and the Gold Coast. Some surveys are also done of other regions by Xtra Insights.
  • Information on print circulation is available from Enhanced Media Metrics Australia (EMMA).


Selected overseas government and regulatory websites

European Union

  • The European Union imposes rules to ensure that audio visual media can circulate freely and fairly in the single European market.

United Kingdom


United States

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

New Zealand


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