We are seeking views on whether Australia’s national broadcasters (ABC and SBS) are operating in line with competitive neutrality principles.

How it works

Why we want your input
This is your opportunity to inform the dialogue about whether the national broadcasters are operating in a manner consistent with the principles of competitive neutrality.
How you can voice your opinion
You can voice your opinion by providing responses to any or all of the questions in the submission form below. Responses are due by 22 June 2018.
What will be the outcome of this consultation?
Your responses will inform the inquiry and contribute to our examination of how the national broadcasters compete with the private sector.

Consultation Information

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The Issue
Consultation Period: 
April 26, 2018 09:00 AEST to June 22, 2018 17:00 AEST

Australia’s media landscape continues to evolve rapidly in response to shifting global and consumer trends and this has forced changes to how our national broadcasters operate.

It is timely to consider how the ABC and SBS operate within the market and the basis on which they are competing with the private sector.

Competitive neutrality principles provide that government businesses activities should not enjoy net competitive advantages by virtue of their public sector ownership.

The Inquiry will examine whether the ABC and SBS are operating in a manner consistent with these principles.

The Government announced the appointment of an expert Panel to conduct the Inquiry and released the terms of reference on 29 March 2018. The Panel’s membership is Mr Robert Kerr (Chair), Ms Sandra Levy AO and Ms Julie Flynn.

The Panel will consult relevant stakeholders during the Inquiry and be supported by a Taskforce in our Department.

The Panel have prepared an Issues Paper outlining the consultation process and encouraging participation in the Inquiry. A number of specific questions are included throughout the paper and are available to respond to online.

Click here to have your say on these issues through our online submission form.

Responses to the questions in this Issues Paper and submissions to this Inquiry will be made publicly available on the Department’s website. If you would like to make a confidential submission or include information that is commercially sensitive, please clearly indicate this in your response.

If you have any queries in relation to this Issues Paper or the inquiry or wish to make a more in-depth submission please contact the Department using the details below.

Email:
competitiveneutralityinquiry [at] communications.gov.au (subject: Inquiry%20into%20the%20competitive%20neutrality%20of%20the%20national%20broadcasters)

Post:
Competitive Neutrality Inquiry
Department of Communications and the Arts
GPO Box 2154
CANBERRA  ACT 2601

Relevant Documentation

Inquiry into the competitive neutrality of the national broadcasters - Issues Paper

Published 26th Apr 2018

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Issues Paper on the inquiry into the competitive neutrality of the national broadcasters.This Inquiry will explore the practices of the national broadcasters and advise the Government on whether they are operating in a manner consistent with the general principles of competitive neutrality.

Inquiry into the Competitive Neutrality of the National Broadcasters - Terms of Reference

Published 26th Apr 2018

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Terms of Reference for the Inquiry into the Competitive Neutrality of the National Broadcasters

FAQs

Published 26th Apr 2018

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Frequently asked question on Competitive Neutrality of the National Broadcasters Inquiry

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