News media bargaining code

Project overview


On 20 April 2020, the Australian Government asked the ACCC to develop a mandatory code of conduct to address bargaining power imbalances between Australian news media businesses and digital platforms, specifically Google and Facebook.

On 31 July 2020 the ACCC released a draft code for public consultation and a series of questions and answers (Q&As) about the draft code.

Following consultation, the ACCC made recommendations to Government based on the views put forward by stakeholders. Government has now considered these recommendations and developed its final legislation.

The Bill was introduced to Parliament on 9 December 2020 and is available at:
Treasury Laws Amendment (News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code) Bill 2020.

A joint media release from the Treasurer and the Minister for Communications, published on 8 December 2020, is available on the Treasury Portfolio Ministers website.


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