Australian Government guidance on the Optus data breach

2016 ACMA Review—final report

The Australian Government has released the Final Report of the review of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

The review makes recommendations in relation to the ACMA's remit, objectives, functions, governance, performance and resource base to ensure that it is a modern, agile and responsive "fit-for-purpose" communications regulator.

Australian Government response

The Australian Government supports, or supports-in-principle, all 27 recommendations of the report.

The Government will also strengthen the Deputy Chair position to take on the function of the ACMA's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with primary carriage of day-to-day management and operational issues. This will allow the Chair more time to focus on strategy, stakeholder management and decision‑making.

Implementing the Review's recommendations

We've already commenced the implementation of the Government's response to the Final Report alongside the ACMA.

For example, the Australian Government has introduced legislation to amend the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 to empower the ACMA to handle complaints, conduct investigations and enforce civil penalties in relation to online gambling (Recommendation 8).

The ACMA is also working with the Attorney-General's Department on transferring select cybersecurity functions so that they can be better integrated with the Australian Cyber Security Centre. This will contribute to a coordinated Commonwealth outreach strategy and clear messaging on cybersecurity awareness (Recommendation 2).

Further work is being undertaken to implement the remaining recommendations.

Links to documents relevant to the review

The issues paper and submissions made in response to the issues paper.

The draft report of the review and submissions made in response.

Review of the Australian Communications and Media Authority—final report

Published 22nd May 2017

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The final report of the ACMA Review makes recommendations on the objectives, functions, performance, governance and resource base of the ACMA to ensure it remains fit-for-purpose for both the contemporary and future communications regulatory environment.