Communications Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has issued a statement announcing his intention to conduct a comprehensive review of the Australia Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to ensure it remains 'fit for purpose for the future communications regulatory environment'.
Mr Turnbull noted that since ACMA's creation in July 2015 (with the merger of the Australian Broadcasting Authority and the Australian Communications Authority), the communications sector has experienced significant changes and advances, such as the rollout of the NBN, the introduction of digital multichannels, and the widespread use of smartphones and social media platforms.
The proposed ACMA review is part of a wider reform strategy across the communications portfolio, which will include reforms to Australia Post and the modernisation of Australia's spectrum management framework.
The ACMA review will be undertaken by the Commonwealth Department of Communications, who will call for submissions from stakeholders in the coming months and report to the Minister by the end of 2015.
For further information, please consult the terms of reference for the review.