Digital radio services

Project overview


Digital radio services began in several state capital cities in 2009.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) allocated eight digital radio multiplex licences to joint venture companies representing commercial and community broadcasters. The joint venture companies 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.

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