14 Dec 2010

Australia Network contract out for competitive tender

by Mary Still, Toby Ryston-Pratt, Jim FitzSimons, Bruce Lloyd

On 23 November 2010, Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd announced that the Federal Government would put a 10 year contract for the Australia Network up for competitive tender.

Australia Network has been provided since 1993 and currently broadcasts a mix of current affairs, sport, entertainment and children's programming to over 44 countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region. As part of the ABC's International, Corporate Strategy and Governance Division, Australia Network aims to encourage regional awareness of Australia through its diverse programming.

The Australia Network service is currently provided by the ABC under a 5 year contract with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. This contract will expire in August 2011 and is worth approximately $20m a year.

The tender process and the shift toward a longer term contract is intended to provide greater certainty to the successful tender party and to ensure the Government receives the best value in return for its investment.

The tender process is expected to begin before the end of 2010.

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