ACMA regulate communications and media to maximise the economic and social benefits for Australia.
An independent Commonwealth statutory authority responsible for the regulation of broadcasting, radiocommunications, telecommunications and online content. Its governance and functions are prescribed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005.
Following a 2016 review, the Government expects that the ACMA’s remit of responsibility will cover all layers of the communications sector: infrastructure, transport devices, content and applications.
Makes regulatory decisions through formal meetings/resolutions of the Authority, comprised of statutory officers, or through delegations by the Authority to its staff. The Authority has published a Code of Conduct for Authority and Associate Members which describes its intended operational arrangements.
Will use the full range of regulatory tools and measures available to it to ensure that regulated entities operate with a culture of compliance. These tools and measures range from education through to administrative or court-based enforcement.
The staff are part of the wider Australian Public Service (APS) and are covered by the Public Service Act 1999 (PS Act). Is committed to upholding the values of the APS – that is to be impartial, committed to service, accountable, respectful and ethical.
The staff have also committed to agency – specific values to be purposeful, curious and questioning and collaborative.
The ACMA Chair is the Agency Head for the purposes of the Public Governance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act).