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BROADCASTING SERVICES ACT 1992 - SECT 84

Allocation of community broadcasting licences

             (1)  The Minister may give directions to the ACMA to give priority to a particular community interest or interests, whether generally or in a particular licence area, in allocating community licences that are broadcasting services bands licences.

             (2)  In deciding whether to allocate a community broadcasting licence that is a broadcasting services bands licence to an applicant or to one of a group of applicants, the ACMA is to have regard to:

                     (a)  the extent to which the proposed service or services would meet the existing and perceived future needs of the community within the licence area of the proposed licence; and

                     (b)  the nature and diversity of the interests of that community; and

                   (ba)  in the case of a community radio broadcasting licence--the extent to which the proposed service or services would provide material of local significance; and

                     (c)  the nature and diversity of other broadcasting services (including national broadcasting services) available within that licence area; and

                     (d)  the capacity of the applicant to provide the proposed service or services; and

                     (e)  the undesirability of one person being in a position to exercise control of more than one community broadcasting licence that is a broadcasting services bands licence in the same licence area; and

                      (f)  the undesirability of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory or a political party being in a position to exercise control of a community broadcasting licence.

             (3)  For the purposes of paragraph (2)(ba), material is of local significance if:

                     (a)  it is hosted in the licence area of the proposed licence; or

                     (b)  it is produced in the licence area of the proposed licence; or

                     (c)  it relates to the licence area of the proposed licence.



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