Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice - Australian Government

Service summary

You will be required to comply with this code if you broadcast commercial television programs.

The code applies to all television broadcasting licensees and covers:

  • Program, commercials, and program promotion classification
  • Advertising time on television
  • Special care protections to enable viewers to manage their own and children's viewing experience
  • Accuracy, fairness and privacy in news and current affairs
  • Disclosure of commercial arrangements in factual programming
  • Loudness of advertisements
  • Complaints handling


  • Dislike, contempt, or ridicule on grounds of age, colour, gender, national or ethnic origin, disability, race, religion or sexual preference.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

Other resources

Administering agency

Department of Communications and the Arts
Australian Communications and Media Authority
Content, Consumer and Citizen

Act(s) name

Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Enquiries, Licensing
Department of Communications and the Arts
Australian Communications and Media Authority
Content, Consumer and Citizen

Operating address:
Red Building, Benjamin Offices
Chan Street
Australian Capital Territory 2617
Mailing address:
Belconnen, Australian Capital Territory 2616


02 6219 5555


1300 850 115


02 6219 5353

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