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 Comments will not be published but will inform the consultation process in the same manner as submissions.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


19 Aug 2023 00:01 AEST
17 Sep 2023 17:00 AEST
This consultation is closed.