Commercial Television and Radio Broadcasting Service Licences - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require one or more of these licences if you intend to provide commercial radio and / or television broadcasting services, including broadcasting via land, satellite, digital or cable.

Commercial broadcasting services:

  • Provide programs that are intended to appeal to the general public (for example entertainment, sports, news, etc);
  • Provide programs that can be received using commonly available equipment (for example televisions and radios);
  • Are free to the general public; and
  • Are usually funded by advertising revenue and are operated for profit or as part of a profit-making enterprise.

Please note that an international broadcasting service licence requires special permission. Other transitional conditions may apply, including content of the service and the carriage of the signal.

Regional commercial radio broadcasting operations must broadcast a specific amount of content that is considered material of local significance. The amount of time that must be spent broadcasting material of local significance depends on the location of the radio broadcast.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • Be a company formed in Australia with a share capital;
  • Satisfy the Agency that your company is a suitable applicant and does not pose a risk of committing an offence under the Act, civil penalties or licence breaches; and
  • Submit the application in the approved form.

Ownership and control provisions apply regarding cross-media ownership and numerical market limits for television and radio and foreign ownership and national audience reach for television and related directorship limits.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Duration

Up to 5 years. This licence is renewable.

Fees

 TypeDescription
ApplyApplication

Broadcasting services band licences are determined by auction (price based system). Details of application fees will be provided when licences are advertised.

Forms

 Resources
Apply

Commercial Television and Radio Broadcasting Service Licence Application Form - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Administering agency

Department of Communications and the Arts
Australian Communications and Media Authority
Communications Infrastructure

Act(s) name

Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Enquiries, Licensing
Department of Communications and the Arts
Australian Communications and Media Authority
Communications Infrastructure


Mailing address:
PO Box 78
Belconnen
Australian Capital Territory 2616

Phone:

1300850115

Phone:

02 62195555

Fax:

02 62195353
licensing@acma.gov.au

Supporting information

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