Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (2021 Measures No.1) Bill 2021

On 13 May 2021, the Senate referred the provisions of the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (2021 Measures No. 1) Bill 2021 to the Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 17 June 2021.

The closing date for submissions is 28 May 2021.

On 16 June 2021, the Senate granted the committee an extension of time to report to 18 June 2021.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3526

About this inquiry

The bill proposes to amend the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to ‘reduce the expenditure required by subscription television broadcasting licensees on new eligible drama expenditure from 10 per cent to 5 per cent; provide for subscription television captioning rules to be made by legislative instrument; remove the requirement that all frequency channels allotted or reserved in a digital radio channel plan be within the same frequency band; provide that a regional commercial radio broadcasting licensee does not breach a licence condition if it is only as a result of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) making a new licence area population determination; and extend the timeframe for the ACMA to make grants under the Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund beyond 30 June 2021’.

Past Public Hearings

07 Jun 2021: Canberra


Inquiry Status

Report tabled


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