Australia - Radio - Regulatory Overview

Synopsis

The Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA) and Australian Communications Authority (ACA) are responsible for regulating the broadcasting spectrum in Australia, which includes radio broadcasting. Analogue radio services must be planned in geographical terms, and licences allocating in relation to these Licence Area Plans (LAPs). Like TV, radio is subject to a co-regulatory regime governing content in the form of codes of practice and ABA standards. Different regulations apply to the niche narrowcasting services however. The ABA clarified its intentions for analogue planning in September 2003.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Analogue planning
  • 3. Licensing
  • 4. Narrowcasting
    • 4.1 Background – the AM-FM battles
    • 4.2 Overview
    • 4.3 High power and low power
    • 4.4 Regulatory environment
    • 4.5 HPON auctions
      • 4.5.1 Auctions – 1997
      • 4.5.2 Auctions – 1998
      • 4.5.3 Auctions – 1999
  • 5. Content
    • 5.1 Codes of Practice
    • 5.2 Standards
    • 5.3 Regional radio services
      • 5.3.1 Review into the adequacy of services
      • 5.3.2 Remote Commercial Radio Services (RCRS) scheme
  • 6. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Radio broadcasting transmitters and licences planned – 2002
  • Table 2 – Services and transmitters planned by state - 2002
  • Table 3 – Radio broadcasting licensees – 1997 - 2002
  • Table 4 – Commercial radio licences by state – 1997, 1999, 2002
  • Table 5 – Broadcasting and radio licence fees collected by the ABA – 1997 - 2002
  • Table 6 – HPON radio licences auctioned - 1997 - 2000
  • Table 7 – HPON radio licences issued by price range - 1997 - 2000
  • Table 8 – HPON and commercial licence price comparisons in selected markets – 1997 - 2000
  • Table 9 – The highest bidders for the commercial radio broadcasting licences - 1997
  • Table 10 – The highest bidders for the HPON licences - 1997
  • Table 11 – The highest bidders for the HPON licences - 1998
  • Table 12 – The highest bidders for HPON licences - 1999
  • Table 13 – Code breaches for radio – 1995 - 2002
  • Exhibit 1 – Registration and reviews of Radio Codes of Practice

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Last updated 25 Sep 2003
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Analyst: Kylie Wansink

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