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ASB's submission on food advertising to children

The ASB has made a submission to the Australian National Preventive Health Agency ( ANPHA ) in response to their Issues Paper on the draft frameworks for monitoring television marketing and advertising to children of unhealthy food and drinks. The submission includes statistics about the complaints and cases considered by...

Ethics, taste and decency in advertising

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is running a series of forums, the Citizen Conversations Series , to discuss issues relating to media and advertising. Advertising Standards Bureau CEO, Ms Fiona Jolly, spoke at yesterday’s session on ethics, taste and decency in advertising. Ms Jolly discussed the...

Increased work to stay independent of government regulation

Recent news articles have highlighted the Australian Government’s media reform , which many argue could significantly restrict the operations of the Australian press. The Government argument is that the reforms aim to protect community values. An article suggests that due to the Advertising Standards Bureau’s (ASB)...

Dialogue recommendations to move ahead

The APEC Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) met on 3-4 February 2013 to discuss its Work Program for the year. During this meeting the CTI noted the report by Australia on the outcomes of the 2nd ARCAM Dialogue on self-regulation in advertising held in Hanoi in November 2012. The CTI agreed further work and...

Statistics for 2012

We have finished compiling our stats for 2012 and as usual, interesting facts have emerged. Who is complaining? In 2012, the percentage of males represented among complaints increased almost nine per cent from 30.9 per cent in 2011 to 39.6 per cent in 2012. This reflects the highest percentage of males raising complaints...

10 most complained about ads for 2012

The Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) has released a report of the 10 most complained about ads in 2012. ASB CEO Fiona Jolly discusses these ads in a television interview .

APEC dialogue highlight

An article by Food Industry Asia outlines the highlights from the recent APEC- 'Advertising Principles and Practice' dialogue held in Hanoi.

Capacity building a key to self-regulation in Asia-Pacific

Ongoing development, refinement and capacity building of advertising self-regulation organisations in the APEC region was key to the dialogue and recommendations coming out of a recent Dialogue on Advertising Standards- Principles and Practice in Hanoi. The Dialogue was the second held under APEC’s Regulatory Cooperation...

Ad Standards represents international best practice

A review assessing the operation of the Australian Food and Grocery Council’s (AFGC) Responsible Children’s Marketing Initiative (RCMI) and Quick Service Restaurant Initiative (QSRI) also looked at the administration and operation of Australia’s advertising self-regulation complaints handling arm, finding the work of the...

Social media guidelines hit NZ

The use of advertising and marketing communications across social media platforms continues to be of great interest to industry, the community and media. Following social media guidelines for advertisers published by the Communications Council and information from Australia’s ACCC, New Zealand has developed a guidance note...

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