In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ACMA has continued to respond to industry requests for regulatory relief and other actions. The ACMA has recently made the following decisions.
Mobile provider-COVID-19 has dramatically reduced international travel while placing increased domestic demands on mobile providers. Accordingly, new obligations to enhance customer notifications and expenditure caps for mobile services will be temporarily delayed.
All mobile providers will be given regulatory relief until 31 December 2020 from the new notification and expenditure cap obligations introduced under the International Mobile Roaming Determination and revised Mobile Premium Services Code.
High and low power open narrowcasting markets are currently experiencing disrupted conditions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ACMA will exercise forbearance by not taking enforcement action for non-compliance with the following obligations for the period up until and including 31 December 2020:
- Parts 6 through 9 of the Broadcasting Services (Australian Content) Standard 2016 (ACS) and CTS8(1), CTS8(3), CTS13, CTS 14 and CTS18 of the Children’s Television Standard 2009 (CTS) by commercial television licensees.
- Division 2A of Part 7 (except for Subdivisions H and J) of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 by subscription television licensees.
Based on information from ACMA website.
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