23 December 2014
The Abbott Government will retain the oversight mechanisms established by the former government to review the provision of public information by government departments and agencies.
Proposed campaigns with expenditure in excess of $250,000 will continue to be considered by an Independent Communications Committee (ICC). The ICC was initially established in response to the recommendations of the Hawke Review in 2010 to ensure that campaigns comply with the Information and Advertising Campaign Principles.
The principles require that campaigns be:
Updated Guidelines on Information and Advertising Campaigns by non-corporate Commonwealth entities will be issued to replace the Short-term Interim Guidelines that have been in place since the 2013 election.
These changes to the campaign advertising framework are due to take effect on 1 February 2015. Appointments to the ICC will be made in due course.
The Government will also retain the Service Delivery and Coordination Committee of Cabinet that was established by the former government to oversee the provision of public information by government departments and agencies.
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