Broadcasting Content Quotas — Appendix B

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Australia music content regulation timeline – radio

  • Wireless Telegraphy Act 1905 — federal government becomes responsible for broadcasting.
  • Federal government nationalizes transmission facilities and contracts programming to the Australian Broadcasting Company, a company nationalized under the Australian Broadcasting Commission Act 1932. A two tiered broadcasting system was finalized the same year — the ABC with 12 stations and the commercial sector with 43.
  • Content regulation introduced in the Broadcasting Act 1942 in respect of commercial radio — a 2.5 per cent quota for Australian-composed music.
  • In 1956, the music quota is increased to five per cent.
  • In 1973, an auxiliary ten per cent quota for Australian-performed music is introduced.
  • Australian-performed music quota increased to 20 per cent in 1976.
  • In 1987, compliance period changed from 24 hours a day to hours between 600 am and midnight.
  • The Broadcasting Services Act 1992 makes local content quotas part of a self-regulatory code for commercial and community broadcasters.
  • In 2004, the AUSFTA caps music quotas on radio at 25 per cent.
  • In 2010, the Australian Communications and Media Authority waived Australian content quotas for three years in respect of digital-only radio services
  • Today, Australian music quotas are capped at 25 per cent and have regard to the predominant music format of the station.
  • The future of quotas for Australian music on radio and radio-like services is being considered by the Convergence Review Committee which will report to the federal government in March this year.


Lynn Gailey. 20 March 2012.

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