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TV content regulation

Commercial television code of practice

The current Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice (the code) was registered on 10 November 2015 and came into effect on 1 December 2015.

The code covers the matters set out in section 123 of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992, and other matters relating to program content that are of concern to the community. The code is intended to operate alongside the Authority's standards which regulate programs for children and the Australian content of programs and advertisements.

The matters covered by the code include:

  • program, commercials, and program promotion classification;

  • advertising time on television;

  • accuracy, fairness and privacy in news and current affairs;

  • disclosure of commercial arrangements in factual programming;

  • loudness of advertisements; and

  • complaints handling;

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

Last updated: 14 April 2016

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