On 30 April 2012, the Final Report of the Australian Convergence Review Committee was handed down. The Review is one of the most ambitious and far reaching convergence reviews yet undertaken by any industrialised country in the world.
The Report proposes substantive changes to Australia’s media, telecommunications, Internet, and content regulatory landscape. For example:
- The Final Report proposes substantive amendments to Australia’s media ownership and control rules.
- The Final Report proposes the replacement of the Australian Media and Communications Authority (ACMA) with a new ‘Communications Regulator’ that has powers and functions rivalling those of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
- The Report proposes the repeal of telecommunications, broadcasting and radiocommunications legislation and their replacement with a single Communications Act.