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 is consulting relevant stakeholders during the Inquiry and is being supported by a Taskforce in our Department.

The Panel published an Issues Paper outlining the consultation process and encouraging participation in the Inquiry.

The public consultation period for the inquiry has now ended.

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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Started April 26, 2018 09:00 AEST
Ended June 22, 2018 17:00 AEST
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Submissions now public

Formal Submission

We received 139 submissions to the inquiry through the online submission form. Of this number, 38 did not give permission for their submission to be made public and 25 requested that their submission be published anonymously.

Where individuals have elected not to have their submission made public, or where organisations have provided confidential information, submissions have not been published.

In addition to the 139 submissions received through the online submission form, 6,669 submissions were received via email. A large number of these submissions were received via a campaign website operated by GetUp! and did not explicitly provide consent for the submission or their personal details to be published. These individuals may not have been fully aware of our intention to publish submissions. These submissions will therefore be de-identified in order to protect the privacy of the individuals and will be incrementally published as this de-identification process is completed.

If you require a copy of any submission below in accessible format please email us at competitiveneutralityinquiry1 [at] communications.gov.au.

The following formal submissions have been made public.

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