Review of the anti-siphoning scheme—Proposals paper

We're seeking feedback on proposals for reform of the anti-siphoning scheme and list, which operate to support free access to televised coverage of events of national importance and cultural significance.

Why we want your input

The media landscape has changed significantly since the anti-siphoning scheme was introduced in 1994. The proposals paper (located below under Relevant documentation) presents a range of reform options to update the scheme for the modern media environment.

How you can voice your opinion

Click on the ‘Have your say’ button below to provide your input to the consultation. You can do this in two ways: provide a short comment; and / or make a ‘formal submission’. All Submissions (other than private submissions) will be published on the website. Comments will not be published but will inform the consultation process in the same manner as submissions.

What will be the outcome of this consultation?

Comments and submissions will inform the Government’s consideration of reform to the anti-siphoning scheme and list.

The Issue

The Albanese Government committed to a review of the anti-siphoning scheme in the context of the 2022 Federal election.

The anti-siphoning scheme—set out in the Broadcasting Services Act 1992—prevents subscription television broadcasters from acquiring the right to televise an event on the anti-siphoning list until a free-to-air television broadcaster has acquired a right. Events are generally removed from the list 26 weeks prior to their commencement.

We are seeking feedback on specific proposals for reforms to the anti-siphoning scheme and updates to the anti-siphoning list.

Relevant documentation

Anti-siphoning review Proposals paper

Anti-siphoning review Proposals paper August 2023—PDF (1.05 MB)

Anti-siphoning review Proposals paper August 2023—DOCX (374.63 KB)

Outcome

Submissions received in response to the proposals paper (other than those that are private or confidential) are available below.

Comments received were generally supportive of free coverage of major sporting events and the addition of more sports to the anti-siphoning list, particularly international soccer. Some comments requested including events featuring national representative teams regardless of where they were played, while others called to expand the list to include international tournaments in their entirety. Proposed reforms to the anti-siphoning scheme were also raised and there was some support for requiring listed events to be shown live, free and in full (coupled with a reduction in the anti-siphoning list).

On 29 November 2023, the Government introduced legislation to reform the anti-siphoning scheme into Parliament. Alongside introduction, the Government published a draft anti-siphoning list to aid the Parliament's consideration of the anti-siphoning framework as a whole.

Documentation

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19 Aug 2023 00:01 AEST
17 Sep 2023 17:00 AEST
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Australian Privacy Principle 5 Notice

Review of the anti-siphoning scheme

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts (the Department) is collecting information for the purposes of a review of the anti‑siphoning scheme and list, in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988.

The Department will use this information to inform consideration of issues associated with the anti‑siphoning scheme and list and will store this information securely. It may be used by the department to make further contact with you about the review.

The Department will not disclose information to third parties, except in the circumstances outlined below.

Submissions, in part or full, including the name of the author may be published on the department's website unless the submission is confidential. Confidential submissions (including the author's name) will not be published. Private addresses and contact details will not be published or disclosed to any third parties unless required by law.

Submissions will only be treated as confidential if they are expressly stated to be confidential. Automatically generated confidentiality statements or disclaimers appended to an email do not suffice for this purpose. If you wish you make a confidential submission, you should indicate this by ensuring your submission is marked confidential.

Confidential submissions will be kept securely and will only be disclosed in the following circumstances:

  • in response to a request by a Commonwealth Minister
  • where required by a House or a Committee of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia
  • where required by law.

The department may also disclose confidential submissions within the Commonwealth of Australia, including with other Commonwealth agencies, where necessary in the public interest.

Please note that in order to protect the personal privacy of individuals in accordance with the Privacy Act  any submissions containing sensitive information, personal information or information which may reasonably be used to identify a person or group of people may not be published, even if not marked as confidential.

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Submissions