Digital radio services

Project overview


Digital radio services commenced in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney in July 2009 after the ACCC accepted undertakings for metro areas from the eight joint venture companies (JVCs) in April 2009. The JVCs represent commercial and community broadcasters and are responsible for multiplexing together the separate streams of content from individual broadcasters and transmitting a combined stream to end users in each licence area.

The ACCC administers the access regime for the digital radio access service under section 118 of the Radiocommunications Act 1992 (Radiocommunications Act). The access regime ensures that individual broadcasters are able to access the digital radio access service for transmission of their content services on reasonable terms and conditions. The access regime is set out in an access undertaking that was put in place in 2009 and the ACCC is responsible for monitoring compliance with the access undertaking and approving any variations.

On 30 October 2018, the ACCC received three new access undertakings in relation to the commencement of Digital Radio services in Canberra, Darwin and Hobart. The ACCC accepted these proposed access undertakings on 13 March 2019, pursuant to section 118NF of the Radiocommunications Act 1992.

Information on key developments in relation to the digital radio service and the access regime are available on this page.