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Broadcasting Licence Areas

The Broadcasting Services Act 1992 mandates that Commercial and Community broadcasting services are licensed to serve specific geographic areas. These geographic areas are referred to as Licence Areas, and are determined by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) in Licence Area Plans (LAPs). The ACM defines Licence Areas in terms of areas defined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) for the purposes of the Australian Census. The smallest areal unit currently defined by the ABS is the Collection District (CD).

This dataset comprises the collection of current broadcast Licence Areas, and is made available in five forms:

  • the list of Australian Bureau of Statistics CD numbers making up the Licence Area definition, distributed in a comma separated value (CSV) format text file;
  • a translation of the ABS CD numbers into the names of the Local Government Areas (LGAs) and Statistical Division (SDs) within the area boundary, known as the Licence Area Description, rendered as an HTML page;
  • a geographic map displaying the Licence Area, distributed as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file;
  • a spatial dataset for use in GIS software, distributed as a ZIP archive containing ESRI Shapefile Format data files; and
  • a Google Earth Placemark (.KMZ) file viewable in the Google Earth application and other software that can display Placemark data.

Data and Resources

Additional Info

Field Value
Title Broadcasting Licence Areas
Type Dataset
Language English
Licence Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia
Data Status active
Update Frequency infrequently
Landing Page https://data.gov.au/dataset/c97358f2-26d7-469c-a1d1-28951470fc35
Date Published 2013-05-12
Date Updated 2015-04-19
Contact Point
Australian Communications and Media Authority
data.gov@finance.gov.au
Temporal Coverage As at date of publication
Geospatial Coverage Australia
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Data Portal data.gov.au
Publisher/Agency Australian Communications and Media Authority
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