Services Act 1992 heralded a new, flexible regulatory
regime which set out a consultative role for the ABA
with respect to the way program content was to be regulated.
It allowed the various broadcasting industry sectors
to set their own programming guidelines, in the form
of codes of practice.
Broadcasting industry codes of practice
The ABA has registered codes of practice for all broadcasting
sectors, with the exception of the ABC and SBS codes
which are notified to the ABA. Section 123A of the Broadcasting
Services Act 1992 requires periodic review of the codes.
The ABA monitors complaints made to the broadcasters
to assess whether the codes of practice are in tune
with prevailing community standards and concerns. Most
codes require that complaints be made in writing.
Registration of codes of practice
Once an industry code of practice has been developed,
it is presented to the ABA for registration. In assessing
a code of practice for registration the ABA considers
three mandatory criteria. The ABA must register a code
of practice if it is satisfied that:
- the code of practice provides appropriate community
safeguards for the matters covered by the code;
- the code has been endorsed by a majority of the
providers of broadcasting services in that section
of the industry; and
- members of the public have been given an adequate
opportunity to comment on the code.
You can view the codes by selecting
from the menu to the right.