6. The classification framework should not impede competition and innovation, and not disadvantage Australian media content and service providers in international markets
The ALRC is interested in the extent to which the regulatory burden on industry can be minimised while giving effect to the other principles of reform outlined here.
A significant risk in reforming the National Classification Scheme is that regulations might be applied more strongly to domestic content providers simply because it is more do-able, while the regulatory complexities arising from media globalisation and convergence are not adequately addressed.
We are also interested in the question of how to ensure that the burden of regulation is not disproportionately applied to local content producers and distributors in increasingly globalised media markets.