Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Convergence Review and Other Measures) Bill 2013

Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
Originating house
House of Representatives
Parliament no

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Part of a package of six bills in relation to the media sector, the bill amends the: Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: provide that no additional commercial television broadcasting licences will be made available to enable a fourth commercial television network; impose an Australian content transmission quota on commercial television broadcasting licensees; enable Australian content sub-quotas to be satisfied by any transmission by a licensee; provide that one hour of a first release Australian drama program counts as two hours for the purposes of a transmission quota; enable the minister to direct the Australian Communications and Media Authority in relation to its program standards making powers; and remove the requirement for a review of content and captioning rules applicable to multi-channelled television broadcasting services; Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 to: include digital media services in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC) charter; prohibit certain advertising on the ABC’s digital media services; and provide that the ABC or its prescribed companies are the only providers of Commonwealth-funded international broadcasting services; and Special Broadcasting Service Act 1991 to: require the minister to have regard to the need to ensure that at least one of the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) non-executive directors is an Indigenous person; and include digital media services in SBS’s charter.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 14 Mar 2013
Second reading moved 14 Mar 2013
Second reading debate 19 Mar 2013
Second reading agreed to 19 Mar 2013
Consideration in detail debate 19 Mar 2013
Third reading agreed to 19 Mar 2013
Introduced and read a first time 20 Mar 2013
Second reading moved 20 Mar 2013
Second reading debate 20 Mar 2013
Second reading agreed to 20 Mar 2013
Committee of the Whole debate 20 Mar 2013
Third reading agreed to 20 Mar 2013
Text of bill as passed both Houses 20 Mar 2013
  • Act no.: 29
  • Year: 2013
30 Mar 2013

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Text of bill

Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments

House of representatives


Schedules of amendments

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Text of bill

  • First reading: Text of the bill as introduced into the Parliament
  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
  • As passed by both houses: Final text of bill agreed to by both the House of Representatives and the Senate which is presented to the Governor-General for assent.

Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and provides an explanation of the content of the introduced version (first reading) of the bill.
  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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