Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (2021 Measures No. 1) Bill 2021 [Provisions]

June 2021

© Commonwealth of Australia 2021
ISBN: 978-1-76093-242-8

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List of Recommendations

Chapter 1—Introduction

  Conduct of the inquiry
  Scope of the report
  Background to the bill
  Purpose of the bill
  Consideration by other parliamentary committees
  Note on references

Chapter 2—Key issues

  Reduction of the expenditure requirement under the New Eligible Drama Expenditure Scheme
  Subscription television caption rules as a disallowable ministerial instrument
  Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund
  Committee view

Labor Senators' additional comments

  The Government is dismantling Australia‚Äôs screen content rules
  Regional and Small Publishers Fund has been a dud
  Government has failed to consult with key sectors

Australian Greens' additional comments

  Reduction in the New Eligible Drama Expenditure Scheme
  Changes to captioning rules for subscription television
  Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund

Nationals Senators' additional comments

Appendix 1—Submissions and additional information

Appendix 2—Public hearing and witnesses

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
Fax: +61 2 6277 5818

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