Regional television trigger events | ACMA

Regional television trigger events

A trigger event occurs when a regional commercial television licensee becomes part of a group of television licences with a common controller that covers more than 75 per cent of Australia’s population (section 61CV of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992). Additional minimum broadcast quotas for local content apply to both aggregated and non-aggregated regional commercial television licensees if they are affected by a trigger event.

When a trigger event occurs for a licence, the local content broadcast obligations for regional commercial television licensees change as follows:

  • Licensees in regional ‘aggregated’ licence areas must increase their quota of material of local significance broadcast over a six-week period from 720 to 900 points.
  • Licensees in regional ‘non-aggregated’ commercial television broadcasting licence areas are required to provide a quota of 600 points of material of local significance over a six-week period.

'Material of local significance’ is defined in the Broadcasting Services Local Programming Determination 2018.

All trigger event-affected licensees also must submit two annual compliance reports (the interim and final compliance report).

The interim compliance report will need to record weekly details of quota points commencing 6 months after the trigger event occurs. The reporting period will be for 12 months.

The final compliance report will need to record weekly details of quota points commencing immediately after the interim reporting period concludes. The reporting period for the final report will be for 12 months.

Last updated: 04 June 2019