The paper is accompanied by an ACMA occasional paper 'Converged legislative frameworks: international approaches' that examines the approaches to date of a number of overseas jurisdictions in the move to a converged legislative framework for media and communications.
This latter paper concludes that there is no single approach to dealing with these issues, saying that converged legislation demands an evolutionary approach to regulating for communications and media.
ACMA chairman, Chris Chapman, said: "The ACMA deals on a daily basis with the rapidly changing communications and media environment. Its current responsibilities cover 26 Acts and more than five hundred pieces of subordinate legislation. And yet the majority of the legislation the ACMA administers was made before the Internet was even in use in Australia."
Both papers have been provided to the Government's Convergence Review Committee to help inform its consideration of the design of future regulatory frameworks. The papers and an interactive presentation of the changing digital landscape are available on the ACMA's Engage website (http://engage.acma.gov.au).
The ACMA says it has observed seven broad regulatory consequences of convergence. These are listed on page 2.
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