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Broadcasting Services Amendment (Community Radio) Bill 2022

Originating house
House of Representatives
Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts


Amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: provide for applications for renewals of an existing community broadcasting licence to be considered by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) as a current service and not a proposed new service; enable the ACMA to grant community broadcasting licences and temporary community broadcasting licences with effect from a specified future date; amend the criteria for new temporary community broadcasting licences; enable the ACMA to limit the number of temporary community broadcasting licences that can share a particular frequency; provide for deadlines for late applications for the renewal of a community licence; and provide for expedited timelines for the ACMA to commence a process to allocate new community broadcasting licences.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 27/10/22  
Second reading moved 27/10/22  
Second reading debate 29/11/22  
Referred to Federation Chamber 30/11/22  
Second reading debate 30/11/22  
Second reading agreed to 30/11/22  
Reported from Federation Chamber 30/11/22  
Third reading agreed to 30/11/22  
Introduced and read a first time 01/12/22  
Second reading moved 01/12/22  
Second reading debate 01/12/22  
Second reading agreed to 01/12/22  
Third reading agreed to 01/12/22  
Finally passed both Houses 01/12/22  
Assent 13/12/22 Act no: 91 - Year: 2022

Text of bill

  • First reading

  • As passed by both Houses


Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum


Second reading speeches

Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest

  • Considered by scrutiny committee (23/11/2022): Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills; Scrutiny Digest 1 of 2023
  • An electronic version of this Act is available on the Federal Register of Legislation (www.legislation.gov.au)