On 4 March 2015, the High Court of Australia handed down its judgment in Australian Communications and Media Authority v Today FM (Sydney) Pty Ltd (Today FM), in favour of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). Following the suicide of a London nurse who was the target of hoax call broadcast by Today FM in December 2012, the ACMA sought to investigate whether Today FM had breached a licensing condition, clause 8(1)(g) in Schedule 2 of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (Cth) (BSA), which requires it not to commit any criminal offences, being in this case, possible offences under the Surveillance Devices Act 2007 (NSW) and the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 (Cth). Today FM argued that the BSA did not allow the ACMA to investigate possible criminal offences that have not been admitted by the station and have not been proved in court. Rejecting this argument, the High Court unanimously held that the ACMA does have the power to make an administrative determination that a licensee has breached the relevant licence conditions, even in the absence of a finding by a court exercising criminal jurisdiction that the offence has been proven. The Court held that ACMA's role in taking administrative action is not to punish criminal guilt or exercise judicial power; rather, its powers relate to monitoring and regulating broadcasting services and taking action against a licensee that it determines does not comply with the licensing conditions, based on its investigations. "This decision is welcomed by the ACMA," said ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman. "It obviously provides clarity regarding the operation of the licence condition that prohibits broadcasters from using their broadcasting service in the commission of an offence." For more information, please contact Anne-Marie Allgrove , Toby Patten or Jarrod Bayliss-McCulloch.