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Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice

Free TV Australia has developed a Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice that reflects Australia’s modern digital media landscape, upholds community standards and ensures appropriate viewer safeguards. It draws on extensive community consultation and has been registered by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). 

On 16 March 2018, Free TV announced changes to the Code of Practice to ban gambling advertising in live sport. Further information about this change can be found here.

A major review of the Code was undertaken in 2015. The changes to the Code made following that review:

Contained no change to the amount of advertising on commercial free-to-air television; 
•  More accurately reflected how Australians are actually consuming television content;
•  Maintained key community safeguards in the areas of classification, news and current affairs, advertisements, and effective complaints-handling;
•  Incorporated a range of protections to limit the exposure of children to potentially unsuitable material, including specific rules for content after 7.30pm and advertising placement restrictions;
Made it more concise and consumer-friendly; and
•  Ensured commercial television remains Australia’s safest and most heavily regulated content platform.

For more information about the Code of Practice, click here.

  Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice (2015)
  FACT SHEET: Overview of the Code of Practice