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18 August 2017
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For nearly 30 years Australian content regulations have ensured broadcasters produce and screen a range of Australian programs. These policies recognise that Australian stories and faces deserve to be represented on our screens, and that Australian films and television programs are popular with local audiences. Regulations apply to the number of hours of locally produced content broadcast on free-to-air television, as well as quotas for drama, children's programming, documentaries and advertising. The AFC works actively with government and other industry partners to ensure Australian content standards continue to promote the production of Australian drama content.

Future Use of Unassigned Television Channels - Submission to ACMA April 2006

April 2006

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Future Use of Unassigned Television Channels - Submission to ACMA April 2006 (133 Kb)

Reforming Australia's Media in the Digital Age - Submission to DCITA April 2006

April 2006

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Meeting the Digital Challenge: Reforming Australia's Media in the Digital Age - Submission to DCITA April 2006 (298 Kb)

2005 House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Inquiry in to the uptake of digital television

May 2005

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House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Inquiry into the uptake of digital television: AFC Submission (171 Kb)

2004/05 DCITA Digital Television Reviews

February 2005

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Submission to DCITA reviews into Broadcasting Bands Spectrum and Underserved Regional Television Licence Areas, February 2005 (26 Kb)

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2004 DCITA Review into the provision of services other than simulcasting by free to air broadcasters on digital spectrum and the provision of commercial television broadcasting services after 31 December 2006: AFC Submission, November 2004 (166 Kb)

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2004 DCITA Review into the viability of creating an Indigenous broadcasting Service and the regulatory arrangements that should apply to the digital transmission of such a service using spectrum in the broadcasting bands: AFC Submission, November 2004 (158 Kb)

2004 ABA Draft Documentary Guidelines

November 2004

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2004 ABA Draft Documentary Guidelines: AFC Submission, November 2004 (91 Kb)

2004 Proposed variation to the Broadcasting (Australian) Content Standard

April 2004

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Variation to the Broadcasting (Australian) Content Standard: AFC Submission, April 2004 (113 Kb)

2003/04 Trading Regulatory Options for Broadcasters

January 2004

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Trading Regulatory Obligations for Broadcasters: AFC Submission, January 2004 (181 Kb)

2001/2002 ABA Review into the Australian Content Standard

February 2002

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2002 ABA Review into the Australian Content Standard: Main AFC Submission, February 2002 (196 Kb)

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AFC Australian Content Standard Workshop: Supplementary Submission - Part 1, April 2002 (180 Kb)

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AFC Australian Content Standard Workshop: Supplementary Submission - Part 2, April 2002 (239 Kb)

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2002 ABA Review into the Australian Content Standard: Supplementary AFC Submission: documentary, May 2002 (52 Kb)

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2002 ABA Review into the Australian Content Standard: AFC Response to the Amended Australian Content Standard, September 2002 (73 Kb)

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2002 ABA Review into the Australian Content Standard: AFC Comment on the FACTS Submission, September 2002 (46 Kb)

Lies and Statistics, 2001 Australian Financial Review
Article by Kim Dalton, Chief Executive Officer
November 2001
The Australian Film Commission recently released its drama production survey for 200/2001 and on the surface, things seem rosy for the Australian film and television production sector. But another look at the figures reveals a different story.

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Lies and Statistics, Australian Financial Review, AFC article, November 2001 (27 Kb)

1998 ABA Review into the Australian Content Standard

September 1998

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1998 ABA Review into the Australian Content Standard: Main AFC submission, September 1998 (143 Kb)

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1998 ABA Review into the Australian Content Standard: supplementary submission, September 1998 (5 Kb)

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1998 ABA Review into the Australian Content Standard: AFC response to draft standard, November 1998 (34 Kb)

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Related Speeches

29 April 2002
Speaker: Maureen Barron, AFC Chair
Event: ABA Conference - Canberra
Session: Launch of 'Changing Standards for Australian Content on TV'
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15 March 2002
Speaker: Kim Dalton, AFC Chief Executive
Event: Changing Standards for Australian Content on TV
Session: The Current Enquiry and State of Play
Download speech2 (pdf 40 Kb)

01 March 2002
Speaker: Kim Dalton, AFC Chief Executive
Event: Small Screen, Big Picture
Session: Time for Action - Australian Content in Review
Download speech2 (pdf 37 Kb)


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Related Media Releases

12 Jul 2002
AFC welcomes draft Australian Content Standard

29 Apr 2002
Launch of 'Changing Standards for Australian Content on TV'

15 Mar 2002
Local Content Standard a must for local production Industry

22 Feb 2002
AFC calls for strengthening of Australian Content Standard