The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE)
- Commonwealth Department headed by the Minister for The Department of Broadband, Communications and Digital Economy.
- Responsible for advising the Minister and formulating major policy decisions for the broadcasting (radio and television), telecommunications, information technology and arts sectors.
- Relevant agencies under its jurisdiction include the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).
- DBCDE administers key legislation, such as the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (BSA) and the Radiocommunications Act 1992 (Radcoms Act).
GPO Box 2154, Canberra
ACT 2601 AUSTRALIA
Telephone: +61 2 6271 1000
Fax: +61 2 6271 1901
The Australian Communications and Media authority (ACMA)
- The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) was formed on 1 July 2005 from a merger of the Australian Broadcasting Authority and the Australian Communications Authority.
- ACMA is an independent statutory body and the main regulatory authority for the commercial radio sector. It has responsibility for regulating broadcasting, telecommunications, radiocommunications and online content.
- ACMA has broad powers under the BSA, including the power to implement government policy through regulation and administrative decisions.
- ACMA is responsible for planning how the range of frequencies known as the broadcasting services bands (BSB) are used, including the allocations of radio and TV licences to operate within the BSB. The BSB include the AM radio bands (i.e. 526.5 KHz to 1606.5 KHz inclusive) and the FM radio bands (i.e. 85 MHz to 108 MHz inclusive).
- ACMA has developed licence area plans (LAPs) which cover all geographic areas in Australia. Each LAP contains details such as the number of radio and TV channels that are to be available in that licence area and other technical criteria to which those broadcasters must adhere.
- ACMA is responsible for investigating and making legally enforceable findings about complaints relating to breaches of the BSA or the Commercial Radio Codes of Practice.
PO Box 78
Telephone: + 61 2 6219 5555
Fax: +61 2 6219 5353
PO Box Q500
Queen Victoria Building
Telephone: + 61 2 9334 7700
Fax: + 61 2 9334 7799
PO Box 13112
Law Courts PO
Melbourne VIC 8010
Telephone: + 61 3 9963 6800
Fax: + 61 3 9963 6899