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UTS Faculty of Law, UNE School of Law

Grant round: 2017-18

Amount: $50,603

In its recent Final Report on ACMA, the Department of Communications suggested that a converged regulatory framework for the communications industry should ‘revitalise’ self-regulation. This raises the issue of consumer and public interest participation in the processes the converged industry will use to formulate rules. However, research into consumer and public interest participation in industry rule-making is very limited, and there is no analysis of how such participation can best be deployed to ensure self- and co-regulation within the converged sector is responsive and effective. This project commences that analysis with reference to frameworks governing telecommunications, media and online services.