Inquiry into the competitive neutrality of the national broadcasters
An expert panel is examining whether our national broadcasters are operating in a manner consistent with the general principles of competitive neutrality.
26 April 2018
On 29 March 2018, the Australian Government launched an inquiry into Australia’s national broadcasters to examine whether they are operating in line with competitive neutrality principles.
Competitive neutrality principles provide that government businesses should not have a competitive advantage over any other market participant, simply by virtue of their public sector ownership.
Media landscapes across the globe are changing at a rapid pace and Australia is no exception. Organisations are experiencing a shift in challenges and opportunities, and are adapting to new consumer and market trends. This, combined with changes in technology and the rise of new market entrants, has significantly impacted the environment in which our national broadcasters, the ABC and SBS, operate. Within this context, it is timely to consider the competitive neutrality of our national broadcasters.
An expert panel has been appointed by the Government to conduct the inquiry and consult relevant stakeholders. The Panel is being supported by a taskforce within our Department.