21 June 2017
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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
and administrative authorities
regulatory and administrative bodies
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
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
- 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.
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
Information on print
circulation is available from Enhanced Media Metrics Australia (EMMA).
government and regulatory websites
- The European
Union imposes rules to ensure that audio visual media can circulate freely
and fairly in the single European market.
- The Federal Communications Commission is the American government agency charged with regulating interstate
and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and
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