The Convergence Review Committee has released an emerging issues paper as part of its next step in reviewing the Australian media and communications regulation.
Formed by the Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, the Committee is charged with reviewing Australia's communications and media regulations.
This has been prompted by rapid technological innovations that have significantly changed the communications and media landscape.
The paper finalises a set of principles, highlights key issues raised in submissions and consultations and forms a basis for further discussion with stakeholders.
The consultation process resulted in two new principles and refinements to a number of others.
The committee released a framing paper for public comment in April that proposed principles to guide consideration of issues relevant to the review.
The Convergence Review Committee chair, Glen Boreham, said the changes to the principles were made based on these submissions.
“We received some very high-quality submissions from many stakeholders which helped us finalise a set of principles that will be an important framework for us throughout the review,” Boreham said.
He added that the committee intended to make the deregulatory nature of the review clearer in the principles and added a principle relating to a dynamic Australian production industry.
The paper also addresses issues brought up by the committee as important and require further consideration over the course of the review. These include: local and Australian content, media ownership and diversity, content rights acquisition and community standards.
Stakeholders will be able to make comments on the emerging issues or suggest other ideas for regulatory reform as part of the paper.
Submissions close on October 28 and can be made either online through the review website or by email to the Convergence Review Secretariat.
The committee will soon conduct a nationwide public consultation program and release a number of detailed discussion papers on key issues.
It most recently engaged with social media by launching online discussion pages to promote public engagement with the committee framing paper.