The Corporate Plan 2018–19 sets our course for the future, identifying our purpose, values, operating environment, strategic priorities, capability and risk oversight and management.
On 4 December 2014, the Senate referred the Local Content Bill to the Committee for inquiry and report. The Bill seeks to amend the Charter of the ABC to include requirements for the production and dissemination of local content. The Bill is also in response to a ‘centralisation’ of the ABC in recent years, as many of its state and territory based production, journalism and broadcasting services have been rolled into the main offices in Sydney and Melbourne.
The Bill was introduced by Senator Nick Xenophon on 13 February 2017. On 16 February 2017, the Senate referred the Bill to the committee for inquiry and report by 10 May 2017. This was later extended to 9 August2017. The Bill proposes to amend the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 to require the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) to restore its shortwave transmission services. The ABC ceased shortwave transmission services in the Northern Territory and to international audiences from 31 January2017.
The Rural and Regional Bill Advocacy was first introduced by Senator Bridget McKenzie in December 2015 and a second time on 15 September 2016. The bill was referred on both occasions to the Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee for review and report....
On 21 March 2013, the Senate referred the following matters to the Committee for inquiry and report: The effectiveness of current regulatory arrangements in dealing (under the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and the Copyright Act 1968) with the simultaneous transmission of radio programs using the broadcasting services bands and the Internet (‘simulcast’), including: the impact of current regulation on stakeholders, including broadcasters, copyright holders, including both publishing and performance rights holders and the audience; and any related matter.
On 20 November 2012, the Managing Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Mr Mark Scott AO, announced his proposal to close the ABC’s Hobart television production unit. On 27 November 2012, following the ABC’s announcement, the Senate referred the matter of the ABC’s commitment to reflecting and representing regional diversity in Australia to the Committee.
The Determination sets out the amount for the purposes outlined in paragraph 15(1)(d) of the Act (i.e. the amount determined to be ‘the estimated total amount of grants likely to be made during the financial year under section 593 of the Telecommunications Act 1997’) at $2,261,000 for 2017-18 financial year. A copy of the Determination can be found at https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2018L00060
Australian Government response to the Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee report on Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer) Bill 2017 [Provisions] and Telecommunications (Regional Broadband Scheme) Charge Bill 2017 [Provisions]. The Government supports the recommendations of the Senate Committee’s Majority Report. The Telecommunications Reform Package will promote competition and improve access to broadband services for all people in Australia, especially those in regional, rural and remote areas.