On 14 December, Senator Conroy released
draft Terms of Reference for a comprehensive review of
Australia's communications and media regulation in light of
increasing convergence in media platforms (Convergence
Government's stated intention is to fundamentally review
the policy and regulatory frameworks that apply to the media and
The final Terms of Reference and the members of the Review
Committee will be announced in the first quarter of 2011.
Comprehensive review of media and content
The Convergence Review will focus on media and content
regulation, rather than telephony services, and will involve a
wide-ranging review of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992
(Cth), the Telecommunications Act 1997 (Cth) and the
Radiocommunications Act 1992 (Cth).
The review is expected to cover the following items and policy
media ownership and diversity rules;
content regulation, including quotas, with the aim of
preserving of Australian content, voices and citizens' rights,
as well as children's content;
removal of competitive asymmetries caused by regulation;
examination of the underlying broadcasting and media policy
management of spectrum, including spectrum allocation;
classification, prohibited internet content and community
enabling diversity in the media sector to maximise consumer
consumer protection; and
the role of the Australian Communications and Media
The Government is explicitly excluding revisiting
telecommunications regulations which have recently been, or are in
the process of being, reformed as a consequence of the
Government's roll-out of the National Broadband Network.
Submissions on the draft Terms of Reference are due by 28
The Minister expects the Committee to deliver its draft report
in a year, so many industry participants will be preparing to place
detailed submissions before the Committee. Please call one of our
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