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Call for submissions - have your say about Children's Rights in Australia May 14, 2018

Australia is currently preparing for its appearance before the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. This Committee monitors Australia’s progress in fulfilling its obligations under: the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Sale read more »

Read the latest E-Bulletin May 3, 2018

The ACCM E-Bulletin 3 May 2018 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 »

Read the latest E-Bulletin April 23, 2018

The ACCM E-Bulletin 19 April 2018 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 »

New Adelaide research: Children watching TV for 80 minutes a day see 800 junk food ads per year April 17, 2018

The research, led by the University of Adelaide’s Associate Professor Lisa Smithers and funded by the Heart Foundation, showed that children were exposed to twice as much unhealthy food advertising as healthy food advertising. Junk food ads are shown more frequently on TV at times when many children are watching.  read more »

Senate inquiry finds current Australian laws ‘adequate’ to penalise serious cyber-bullying offenders April 3, 2018

A SENATE inquiry has made nine recommendations to reduce the incidences of cyber-bullying and ensure that serious offenders are adequately pursued.  read more »

Read the latest E-Bulletin March 29, 2018

The ACCM E-Bulletin 29 March 2018 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 »

It's crunch time for the Australian film industry. March 29, 2018

More than 200 of Australia’s most renowned actors, directors, screenwriters, producers and production crew – including 15 Oscar winners – have penned an open letter calling on the nation’s parliamentarians to protect the local screen industry and to act now to ensure it thrives into the future. They include actors Cate read more »

ACMA releases new sports betting Code March 20, 2018

The Australian and Communications Media Authority has approved and issued a new Code (for FreeTV stations) governing betting ads in live sports programs. Click here for details. ACCM initial view is that the new Code on gambling is unlikely to satisfy parent’s concerns about the exposure of their children to read more »

Read the latest E-Bulletin March 15, 2018

The ACCM E-Bulletin 15 March 2018 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 »

Read the latest E-Bulletin March 1, 2018

The ACCM E-Bulletin 27 February 2018 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 »

Read the latest E-Bulletin February 15, 2018

The ACCM E-Bulletin 13 February 2018 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 »

Julie Gale: a pioneer campaigner against the sexualisation of children February 13, 2018

Julie Gale has lost her long battle with cancer. She was a co-campaigner with ACCM for many years,in raising public consciousness about the sexualisation of children in and by the media. Julie was a much loved, warm, very funny, and perceptive woman who entertained while she educated us all about read more »

Safer Internet Day - 6 February 2018 February 5, 2018

Safer Internet Day (SID) is an annual, worldwide event held on Tuesday 6 February 2018 to help encourage a better internet. This year’s theme is ‘Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you’. The Office of the eSafety Commissioner is the official Committee for Safer Internet Day in Australia—responsible read more »

International group calls on Facebook to scrap Messenger Kids February 1, 2018

Child development experts and advocates are urging Facebook to discontinue Messenger Kids, its new messaging app aimed at children in the 6-12 age group.  Led by the Boston-based Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC), the group of over 100 people, which includes psychiatrists, pediatricians and educators, sent a letter to read more »

Read the latest E-Bulletin January 30, 2018

The ACCM E-Bulletin 30 January 2018 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 »