The Australian Communications and Media Authority
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
is a statutory authority within the Australian Government,
responsible for the regulation of broadcasting, the internet,
radio communications and telecommunications.
The ACMA administers a hotline as part of a legislated ‘online
content co-regulatory scheme’ in place under the Broadcasting
Services Act 1992; Commonwealth legislation regulating the
provision of broadcasting services in Australia.
The co-regulatory scheme is underpinned by the National
Classification Scheme that applies to traditional media platforms
in Australia such as cinema, DVDs, computer games and
publications. The National Classification Scheme requires
assessment of material based on the impact of the classifiable
elements of sex, violence, nudity, themes, language and drug use.
The National Classification Scheme gives effect to certain
principles, including that adults should be able to read, hear and
see what they want and minors should be protected from
material likely to harm or disturb them.
Under existing legislative provisions, the ACMA must
investigate all valid complaints and take action when it
finds that content is prohibited. The ACMA prioritises
taking action in relation to child sexual abuse material
within a timeframe of two working days.
In addition to providing the ACMA hotline, the ACMA’s
regulatory role with regard to online content also includes
enforcing Australia's anti-spam laws and accepting complaints
about unsolicited commercial electronic messages sent by
email, SMS/MMS or instant message, and internet gambling
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