1 August 2019

Public consultation on the ACCC Digital Platforms Report now open


Joint media release with
The Hon Paul Fletcher MP
Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts

The Coalition Government is committed to ensuring that our regulatory framework is fit-for-purpose in the digital age, today announcing that public consultation on all 23 recommendations of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC) Digital Platforms Report will commence on 1 August 2019.

This consultation is the next step in developing a Government response to the ACCC's substantial final report, which made recommendations on issues that have wide-ranging implications across society and the economy.

The final report made it clear that digital platforms are an important innovation that have fundamentally changed the way that media content is produced, distributed and consumed.
The recommended reforms that will be consulted on aim to better protect consumers, improve transparency, recognise power imbalances and ensure that substantial market power is not used to lessen competition in media and advertising services markets.

The precise form of the reforms and a Government response to the report's 23 recommendations will be informed by this consultation process, led by Treasury and involving the Department of Communications and the Arts as well as the Attorney-General's Department.

All interested parties are invited to submit their views during the consultation process.

Written submissions on the ACCC's recommendations can be made on the Treasury website.

Submissions will be accepted for a six week period and will be followed by targeted consultation meetings.

The public consultation process will conclude on 24 October 2019.