Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)

Established on 1 July 2005 by consolidating the Australian Broadcasting Authority and the Australian Communications Authority, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is an independent statutory authority whose responsibility is to ensure that all media and communication entities of Australia act according to the general public interest while maintaining their efficiency and effectiveness.

 

ACMA operates in the following four industries:

 

  • Telecommunications

  • Broadcasting

  • Radiocommunications and

  • The internet

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

 

  • Collect taxes on behalf of Australian government from the entities operating in the above mentioned industries

  • Foreseeing, planning and responding to the changes in industries of operation in Australia

  • Ensuring the operations of media and telecommunication entities in the public interest

  • Setting the required standards and codes of practice and regulations for media and telecommunication activities

  • Implementing the requirements of main legislative acts namely as the Telecommunications Act, the Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act, the Broadcasting Services Act, and the Radiocommunications Act and another 22 acts which deal with the spam, the Do Not Call Register (DNCR), interactive gambling and in consistent with the Portfolio Budget Statement (PBS)

  • Co-operating with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in monitoring prices, competition, accessibility in media and telecommunication industries

 

Significance:

 

  • Ranked the third largest tax collector in Australia after Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and the Australian Customs Service (ACS).

  • Acknowledged as the best converged communication regulator in the world

  • Held responsible for the media and telecommunication activities of the continent with more than 65 percent of its population living in cities accounting for just 0.5 percent of the total geographical area.