News Media Assistance Program (News MAP)

We're seeking your feedback to help guide how government supports public interest journalism and media diversity in Australia.

Why we want your input

The department is seeking your views on the development of a principled and evidence-based Policy Framework under the News MAP. The Policy Framework will guide the implementation of measures supporting public interest journalism and media diversity in Australia.

All interested stakeholders across news media, digital platforms, academia and the wider community are encouraged to make a submission.

How you can voice your opinion

You can provide your input to the News MAP by uploading your submission using the ‘Have your say’ button or emailing us at

Please refer to the questions contained in the consultation paper as a guide for your response and feel free to discuss other matters relevant to the issues raised.

What will be the outcome of this consultation?

Your submission will help inform the design of the News MAP Policy Framework, which will guide the implementation of new measures in future to support public interest journalism and media diversity.

The Issue

A diverse and sustainable news media sector, producing quality news and journalism, is critical to a well-functioning democracy and informed society.

However, the business models that once supported the production of quality, public interest news and journalism have been fundamentally disrupted by technological, social and economic change.

Australian Government responses to these disruptions to date have predominantly focussed on short-term support through external shocks and the government has recognised the need to recalibrate its role.

The News MAP is a program of work to establish a robust evidence base and clear principles to guide future policy interventions that support public interest journalism and safeguard media diversity.

The consultation paper is structured in 3 parts. Part 1 discusses the framework and objectives, part 2 discusses potential support measures and part 3 discusses the evidence base.

There will be a number of opportunities to contribute to the development of the News MAP in future.

Relevant documentation

Written submission can be uploaded using the 'Have your say' button or can be sent to

Visit the News Media Assistance Program (News MAP) webpage for general information.


12 Dec 2023 16:00 AEDT
22 Feb 2024 23:59 AEDT
This consultation is closed.