Public consultation on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC’s) 23 recommendations outlined within its Digital Platforms Report is now open.
The public consultation is the next step in developing a government response to the ACCC’s 619-page final, which identified the adverse effects of dominant digital platforms such as Google and Facebook on publishers and consumers. The ACCC’s recommendations span competition law, consumer protection, media regulations and privacy law.
The detail 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.
A joint statement from Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts Paul Fletcher said that the ACCC’s 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 Coalition Government is committed to ensuring that our regulatory framework is fit-for-purpose in the digital age.”Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts Paul Fletcher, joint statement
How to provide your feedback
All interested parties are invited to submit their views during the consultation process. 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.
Written submissions on the ACCC’s recommendations can be made on the Treasury website.