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Ad Standards in its 15th year

Since its inception in 1998, the Advertising Standards Bureau has continued to grow and make milestone achievements which highlight the benefits of advertising self-regulation to the community and advertisers. One of the most obvious examples of the growth of self-regulation is the number of Codes and Initiatives now...

Universities drive indigenous educational equality

Ad Standards Board member and CEO of the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience ( AIME ) Jack Manning Bancroft features in the media release below. AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITIES DRIVE INDIGENOUS EDUCATIONAL EQUALITY WITH AIME PROGRAM Sixteen universities across Australia are helping to drive the educational achievement of...

Retirees from Ad Standards Board

JaneMaree Maher and Natasha Stott Despoja have retired from the Ad Standards Board after their five year tenure. Ad Standards values their contribution and continued efforts in maintaining community standards in advertising. JaneMaree Maher is Director of the Centre for Women’s Studies and Gender Research at Monash...

Queensland Government inquiry into sexually explicit outdoor advertising

Submissions are almost due for the Queensland Government’s Health and Community Services Committee inquiry into sexually explicit outdoor advertising and the Outdoor Media Association (OMA) is taking an active approach to illustrate the success of self-regulation in the Out-of-Home (OOH) industry. Outdoor media has a world...

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 .

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