About this inquiry

This bill would establish the legislation framework for a grant funding scheme, the Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund, to be administered by the Australia Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). ACMA would make a grant of financial assistance to the publisher of a newspaper, magazine or other periodical or a content service provider to assist regional and small publishers to transition, compete and innovate more successfully in a changing media environment.

Past Public Hearings




Communications Legislation Amendment (Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund) Bill 2017

12 February 2018

© Commonwealth of Australia 2018
ISBN 978-1-76010-710-9

View the report as a single document - (PDF 208KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Committee membership (PDF 21KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 53KB)

Conduct of the inquiry
Scope and structure of the report
Reports of other committees
Overview of the bill

Chapter 2 - Key issues (PDF 86KB)

Stakeholder views on the overall policy intent
Eligibility criteria
Advisory committee
Role of the ACMA
Committee view

Labor Senators' additional comments (PDF 15KB)
Australian Greens' dissenting report (PDF 18KB)
Appendix 1 - Submissions and answer to questions on notice (PDF 9KB)
Appendix 2 - Public hearing (PDF 8KB)

Thursday, 1 February 2018, Melbourne

Committee Secretariat contact:

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

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