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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

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.

Relevant Documents

    Media Release
    Proposed Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015 and Explanatory Materials

Further information

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 contribute.

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.