Improving captioning regulation

We have released a consultation paper that discusses potential reforms to captioning regulation for broadcasting services. 

Why we want your input

We want to work with stakeholders to improve the captioning regulatory framework for broadcasting services.

How you can voice your opinion

You can have your say by providing a written submission by Friday 29 January 2016, 5.00pm (AEST).

We will also contact key stakeholders to discuss the paper. If you would like to discuss the draft policy with us, we would be happy to hear from you.

What will be the outcome of this consultation?

Your submissions will be used to improve the captioning regulatory framework by considering aspects that have not been addressed by the Deregulation Act.

The Issue

We are seeking your feedback on potential reforms to the captioning regulatory framework for broadcasting services. This paper looks at parts of the framework that have been identified by stakeholders as needing reform, but were not addressed by the Broadcasting and Other Legislation Amendment (Deregulation) Act 2015 (Deregulation Act), passed in March 2015.

The Government is committed to reducing the regulatory burden on industry to encourage innovation and boost productivity across the economy. In March 2015, the Government passed the Deregulation Act, with the aim of reducing the regulatory burden on broadcasters and improving the captioning regulatory framework. While the Deregulation Act addressed some stakeholder concerns, a number of issues raised by stakeholders were not addressed.

This paper seeks to facilitate discussion on some of the aspects of the captioning regulatory framework previously identified as potentially needing reform, and not addressed by the Deregulation Act. 

Relevant Documentation

Captioning regulatory framework—policy consultation paper

Published 1st Dec 2015

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Captioning regulatory framework—policy consultation paper.


We are currently reviewing your submissions, which are now available on this page.


01 Dec 2015 09:00 AEDT
29 Jan 2016 17:00 AEDT
This consultation is closed.


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Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN)
Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA)
Deaf Australia
Free TV Australia
Ian (Cliff) Mitting
Media Access Australia
Special Broadcasting Service (SBS)