One week left to have your say on anti-siphoning scheme and list

The Albanese Government is calling for final submissions to the review of the anti-siphoning scheme and list, with just one week until the consultation process closes.

The anti-siphoning scheme aims to give free-to-air broadcasters an initial opportunity to buy the television rights to major events included on the anti-siphoning list.

The scheme prevents subscription television broadcasters from acquiring the right to televise an event on the anti-siphoning list unless a free-to-air television broadcaster has a right.

The current list is due to expire in April 2023 and includes key sporting events across the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, AFL, rugby league, rugby union, soccer, tennis, netball, motorsports, horse racing and cricket.

The consultation process, which began in October, is seeking feedback from individuals, industry, sports clubs and other interested groups to ensure the scheme reflects the needs of Australian society, including changes in viewing habits.

Since the scheme commenced in 1994, technology has evolved, the viewing habits of Australians have changed, and newer platforms, including streaming services, are not subject to the rules.

The review will consider the case for amendments to the scheme and list to ensure that they remain fit-for-purpose and continue to support coverage of iconic events available free to the general public.

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Consultation closes on Tuesday, 6 December 2022.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Communications, The Hon. Michelle Rowland MP:

“Every Australian deserves the chance to enjoy live and free coverage of events of national significance regardless of where they live or what they earn.

The future of sport on TV in Australia is a matter of public interest and the review is an opportunity for people to have their say on reform of the anti-siphoning scheme and list.”

“The televising of key sports competitions helps to create shared experiences, foster a collective Australian identity, and contributes to grassroots community-based sports participation.”