Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice
Free TV Australia has developed a new Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice that
reflects Australia’s modern digital media landscape, upholds community
standards and ensures appropriate viewer safeguards.
The new Code:
- Contains no change to
the amount of advertising on commercial free-to-air television;
- More accurately
reflects how Australians are actually consuming television content;
- Contains key community
safeguards in the areas of classification, news and current affairs, advertisements, and effective complaints-handling;
- Is simplified,
more concise and consumer-friendly; and
- Ensures commercial
television remains Australia’s safest and most heavily regulated platform.
The consultation period for public comment is now closed. Free TV will be reviewing
the submissions received before submitting the Code to the Australian
Communications and Media Authority for registration.
Proposed Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015 and Explanatory Materials
Commercial free-to-air television content is regulated under the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice, which is developed by Free TV Australia in
consultation with the public and registered with the Australian Communications and
Media Authority (ACMA).
The Code regulates content in accordance with community
standards; assists viewers in making informed choices about their own
television viewing and that of children in their care; and provides effective
measures for receiving and handling viewer complaints.
The Code was last reviewed in 2009 and its current
provisions came into effect on 1 January 2010. For a copy of the 2010 Code of Practice, click here.
The commercial free-to-air television industry has updated
the Code for the modern media era, taking into consideration practical
experience and external research into community attitudes, standards and expectations
about content regulation, and how consumers interact with various media. The
call for public comment offers the viewing public the opportunity to
Additional Political Advertising Time During An Election Period
Under the current Code of Practice, stations are required to provide Free TV Australia with a summary of additional political advertising time used during an election period. For more information, please click here.