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 three undertakings lodged by the joint venture companies (JVCs) in each licence area (i.e. Canberra, Darwin and Hobart) are essentially identical.
On 19 November 2018, the ACCC released a consultation and position paper to seek stakeholders’ views on the degree to which the undertakings meet the legislative requirements, and pursuant to those, the decision-making criteria developed by the ACCC. The due date for submissions was 17 December 2018.
After consultation with stakeholders the ACCC invited subsequent submissions from the commercial broadcasters and the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia in February 2019.
On 13 March 2019 the ACCC accepted, pursuant to section 118NF of the Radiocommunications Act 1992, the proposed access undertakings for Canberra, Darwin and Hobart.