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AUSTRALIAN COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA AUTHORITY ACT 2005 - SECT 10

ACMA's broadcasting, content and datacasting functions

             (1)  The ACMA's broadcasting, content and datacasting functions are as follows:

                     (a)  to regulate broadcasting services and datacasting services in accordance with the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 ;

                     (b)  to plan the availability of segments of the broadcasting services bands on an area basis;

                     (c)  to allocate, renew, suspend and cancel licences and to take other enforcement action under the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 ;

                     (d)  to conduct investigations or hearings relating to the allocating of licences for community radio and community television services;

                     (e)  to conduct investigations as directed by the Minister under section 171 of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 ;

                      (f)  to design and administer price-based systems for the allocation of commercial television broadcasting licences and commercial radio broadcasting licences;

                     (g)  to collect any fees payable in respect of licences;

                     (h)  to conduct or commission research into community attitudes on issues relating to programs and datacasting content;

                      (i)  to assist broadcasting service providers and datacasting service providers to develop codes of practice that, as far as possible, are in accordance with community standards;

                      (j)  to monitor compliance with those codes of practice;

                     (k)  to develop program standards relating to broadcasting in Australia;

                      (l)  to monitor compliance with those standards;

                    (m)  to monitor and investigate complaints concerning broadcasting services (including national broadcasting services) and datacasting services;

                     (n)  to inform itself and advise the Minister on technological advances and service trends in the broadcasting industry, internet industry and datacasting industry;

                     (o)  such other functions as are conferred on the ACMA by or under:

                              (i)  the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 ; or

                             (ii)  the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (other than Schedule 5 or 7); or

                            (iii)  the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 ; or

                            (iv)  the Radio Licence Fees Act 1964 ; or

                             (v)  the Special Broadcasting Service Act 1991 ; or

                           (vii)  the Television Licence Fees Act 1964 ; or

                          (viii)  the Datacasting Transmitter Licence Fees Act 2006 ;

                     (p)  such other functions as are conferred on the ACMA by or under the following provisions of the Radiocommunications Act 1992 :

                              (i)  paragraph 102B(b), 109A(1)(g) or (ga), or 131ACA(b);

                             (ii)  subsection 106(6A), 109A(1A) or (1B), 114(3C) or (3E), or 128C(1);

                            (iii)  section 128D;

                     (q)  to report to, and advise, the Minister in relation to the broadcasting industry, internet industry and datacasting industry;

                      (r)  to monitor, and to report to the Minister on, the operation of each Act specified in paragraph (o) or (p), to the extent it is so specified;

                      (s)  to do anything incidental to or conducive to the performance of any of the above functions.

             (2)  An expression used in this section that is also used in the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 has the same meaning in this section as it has in that Act.



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