Current regulation requires that a merit-based selection process is used to appoint non-executive directors to the boards of the ABC and SBS, including their Chairs.

An independent Nomination Panel (the panel) advertises vacancies and assesses applications against merit-based selection criteria. The panel provides the Government with a report nominating at least three people for each vacancy. The Government then makes a recommendation to the Governor-General who is responsible for appointing non-executive directors to the ABC and SBS Boards (other than the Managing Directors and the ABC staff-elected director).