The Australian Federal Government has welcomed the reappointment of Ms Nerida O’Loughlin PSM as Chair of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for a two-year term commencing 14 October 2022.
Ms O’Loughlin has extensive experience in communications and media policy and regulation and is well respected across the sector. Her reappointment provides continuity as the ACMA works with the Government and industry to deliver critical communications and media services for all Australians.
In her time as Chair, Ms O’Loughlin has overseen a reshaping of the Authority to improve its responsiveness, the strengthening of consumer safeguards, establishing the Scams Telecommunications Action Taskforce, and supported the rollout of 5G mobile infrastructure through spectrum allocations.
Ms O’Loughlin has led the ACMA into new areas of regulatory effort such as work on misinformation and disinformation on digital platforms, online gambling and media diversity. Ms O’Loughlin also led the ACMA in supporting the media and communications sector through the COVID pandemic to ensure it continued to deliver at a critical time for Australians.
The Government says it looks forward to continuing working with Ms O’Loughlin and the ACMA to support the contribution of the communications and media sectors to an inclusive, connected, productive and creative Australia.
Minister for Communications, the Hon Michelle Rowland MP, said, “I congratulate Ms Nerida O’Loughlin PSM on her reappointment as Chair of the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
“Since her appointment in 2017, Ms O’Loughlin has spearheaded Government responses to the challenges arising in our increasingly digitised and interconnected society – from misinformation and disinformation on digital platforms, through to helping protect Australians from scams. Her work to support media and communications organisations during the pandemic was invaluable.
“Ms O’Loughlin is a professional of great experience and is trusted both within Government and industry, and I look forward to working collaboratively with her in her capacity as ACMA Chair.”