Latest News on Children and the Media

Australia’s first national children’s news and media report launched in Sydney November 20, 2017

News and Australian children: How young people access, perceive and are affected by the news was released today by Western Sydney University, Queensland University of Technology and Crinkling News. The report details how 8 -16 year-olds in Australia consume and interact with news and media. It underscores the need for a read more »

Trailers in cinemas: no changes to rules November 9, 2017

The Minister for Communications has today decided not to change the rules relating to the ways in which trailers for unclassified films can be shown in cinemas. The rules stand: all trailers for films which are, or are likely to be, a higher classification than the feature cannot be read more »

Advertising Standards Board determinations on movie trailer complaints November 9, 2017

The Advertising Standards Board has made 8 decisions (or Determinations) related to trailers for cinema films between July and October this year. The complaints lodged with the ASB related to the screening of trailers for M or MA15+ movies on free- to- air TV, and all except one related read more »

Read the latest E-Bulletin October 26, 2017

The ACCM E-Bulletin 24 October 2017 is now available. Read it here Sign up to receive the fortnightly E-Bulletin on Facebook or with the form on our Contact page read more »

National Children's Week October 21, 2017

21-29 October 2017 is National Children’s Week. Children's Week is an annual event celebrated in Australia around the fourth Wednesday in October. In 1996 it was decided to adopt a permanent theme: "A Caring World Shares" as a reflection of Children's Week aims A diverse range of events and activities are read more »

Adelaide Festival of Children's Books October 19, 2017

The Adelaide Festival of Children’s Books will give children the chance to meet the creators of some of their favourite books and learn about what inspires them to make their stories come alive. It is the first of what the organisers hope will be an ever-growing celebration of the diversity and creativity read more »

Classification review announced for the horror film Jigsaw October 17, 2017

The Classification Review Board has received an application to review the classification of the film Jigsaw which was classified R 18+ with the consumer advice 'High impact horror violence' by the Classification Board on 9 October 2017. The Classification Review Board will meet on 20 October 2017 to consider the application. The read more »

Read the latest E-Bulletin October 9, 2017

The ACCM E-Bulletin 9 October 2017 is now available. Read it here Sign up to receive the fortnightly E-Bulletin on Facebook or with the form on our Contact page read more »

Parents trash trailers October 3, 2017

ACCM's latest survey shows that 95% of parents want to be able "to choose a movie outing that will be age-appropriate for my children, and so trailers should only be for films that have the same classification as the feature". Read more about the results of the survey here read more »

Read the latest E-Bulletin September 25, 2017

The ACCM E-Bulletin 18 September 2017 is now available. Read it here Sign up to receive the fortnightly E-Bulletin on Facebook or with the form on our Contact page read more »

The 'TV Make It Australian' campaign launches today September 18, 2017

This is an Australia-wide campaign - the launch times and places are: Melbourne, 3pm, ACMI Cinema Perth, 3pm, East Perth/Fielder Street Creative Hub Adelaide, 5pm, Mercury Cinema Hobart, 5.30pm Fullers Bookshop Sydney, 6pm, AFTRS Brisbane, TBC You can register to attend here. This campaign is important as the government is running the Australian and Children's Screen Content read more »

Australian Reading Hour - stop what you’re doing for one hour and pick up a book September 12, 2017

On Thursday September 14, stop what you’re doing for one hour, pick up a book and read by yourself or with a child. Rediscover or introduce yourself to the joys of reading. More details from the reading hour website or Facebook read more »

Troubling trailers for cinemas?? September 5, 2017

Do you want M movies promoted to your children at a PG movie? Moves are afoot to allow that to happen. See our taking action page on this topic for more information And let us know what you think here   read more »

Professor Sonia Livingstone to visit Sydney August 29, 2017

International expert on children's and young people's digital practice, Professor Sonia Livingstone from the London School of Economics, will be visiting Sydney from 6-8 September. Events planned include: Public lecture: Children's rights in the digital age.Thursday 7 September 4pm-5.30pm, Parramatta City. Research symposium: Thinking the read more »

Children's Book Week 19-26 August 2017 August 21, 2017

Each year at this time across Australia, the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) brings children and books together to celebrate CBCA Children’s Book Week. During this time schools, libraries, booksellers, authors, illustrators and children celebrate Australian children's literature. This year's theme is Escape to everywhere. More information, including the read more »