1 March 2024

Meta’s news content announcement


Joint media release with
The Hon Michelle Rowland MP
Minister for Communications

Meta’s decision to no longer pay for news content in a number of jurisdictions represents a dereliction of its commitment to the sustainability of Australian news media.

The Government has made its expectations clear.

The decision removes a significant source of revenue for Australian news media businesses. Australian news publishers deserve fair compensation for the content they provide.

The Australian Government is committed to the News Media Bargaining Code and is seeking advice from Treasury and the ACCC on next steps.

We will now work through all available options under the News Media Bargaining Code. The Government will continue to engage with news publishers and platforms through this process.

The Albanese Government is committed to promoting a strong, sustainable and diverse media sector given its vital importance to our democracy and social cohesion.