Review of options to support the national broadcasters' independence

The department is reviewing options to support the independence of the national broadcasters. Public submissions to the review closed on the 31 August 2023 at 5:00pm AEST.

Why we want your input

The department is reviewing options to support the independence of the national broadcasters—the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and Special Broadcasting Service (SBS)—to safeguard against funding cuts and political interference. Your input will ensure that we obtain a comprehensive understanding of the views on issues raised in the review’s terms of reference.

How you can voice your opinion

Submissions to the review closed on 31 August 2023 at 5:00pm AEST. Public submissions have been published below.

What will be the outcome of this consultation?

Your views will help inform recommendations to the government on options to support the national broadcasters' independence.

The Issue

The Australian Government has implemented 5-year funding terms for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), which commenced on 1 July 2023. As part of this decision, the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts (the department) is undertaking a review of options to support the independence of the national broadcasters.

The review will consider how best to provide greater certainty for announced funding. Funding certainty supports the stability and independence of the national broadcasters and guards against political interference.

The review will also consider governance arrangements to protect against political interference, such as examining the appointment processes for the ABC and SBS Boards. Strong governance will support the national broadcasters to fulfil their obligations to provide independent national broadcasting services for the benefit of all Australians.

A consultation paper, including terms of reference developed in consultation with the ABC and SBS, has been published below. The terms of reference outline includes issues relating to the funding and governance of the national broadcasters, including an examination of potential mechanisms to support 5-year funding terms and processes for making board appointments. Issues which are out of scope have also been published.

Relevant documentation

Outcome

The public consultation process for this review was open from 20 July 2023 to 31 August 2023.

Public submissions are available below. Confidential submissions and comments provided to the department during the consultation process will help inform the review in the same manner as submissions, but have not been published. Submissions which were outside the scope of the terms of reference for the review have not been published.

The department is considering the issues and views provided in during consultation to inform advice to the Government on options to support the national broadcasters’ independence.

The submissions on the discussion paper published below have been created by third parties and may not meet accessibility requirements. For accessible copies, please contact nationalbroadcasters@communications.gov.au.

Participate

20 Jul 2023 19:00 AEST
31 Aug 2023 17:00 AEST
Closed
This consultation is closed.

Australian Privacy Principle 5 Notice

Review of the options to support the independence of the national broadcasters

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts (the department) is collecting information for the purposes of the review of options to support the independence of the national broadcasters (the review), in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988.

The department will use this information to inform consideration of issues associated with the review 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.

The department's privacy policy contains information regarding complaint handling processes and how to access and/or seek correction of personal information held by the department. The Privacy Officer can be contacted on 02 6274 6495 or by email: privacy@infrastructure.gov.au.

Submissions

ABC Alumni
Document
ABC Friends
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ABC Friends (Northern Suburbs of Sydney)
ABC Friends (Northern Tablelands)
ABC Friends (NSW and ACT)
Document
ABC Friends (Queensland)
Document
ABC Friends (Southern Highlands)
Angela Williamson
Document
Anonymous
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Australian Broadcasting Corporation