Policies & Publications

SBS Statement on Orphan Works [1.0 February 2011]

SBS wishes to reuse archival SBS content in many platforms and projects. However, “orphan works” are a recurring issue.

Competition Terms and Conditions

All Lotteries and Games of Chance terms and conditions of entry.

SBS-Ipsos Immigration Nation Research - Summary

An Executive Summary of research into Australian attitudes towards immigration.

Freedom of Information (FOI) - Disclosure Log

SBS is subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1992 (Cth) (FOI Act), and is required to publish a disclosure log on its website (section 11C). The disclosure log lists information which has been released in response to a request for access to an SBS document under the FOI Act. This requirement has applied since 1 May 2011.

The SBS FOI Disclosure Log can be accessed here.

Go Back To Where You Came From - Research into Australian attitudes towards refugees

To coincide with SBS’s ground breaking documentary series Go Back To Where You Came From, SBS has released research into Australian attitudes towards refugees and asylum seekers.

Audience Engagement with SBS Documentary Content

Australian audiences reacted strongly to SBS's two flagship documentary series Go Back To Where You Came From and Immigration Nation according to research commissioned by SBS. The research is available from this link.

SBS Fourth Reconciliation Action Plan

SBS Fourth Reconciliation Action Plan March 2015 - March 2018

SBS Foundation Terms and Conditions

 Click here to read the SBS Foundation Application terms and conditions.

SBS Social Media Protocol

SBS embraces the opportunity to connect with audiences and communities through social media. To help SBS employees and those working on SBS projects understand their role and responsibilities when using social media, SBS has protocols which employees are expected to follow.

Elections and Referendums - SBS's Free Airtime Policy

SBS may allocate free airtime to qualifying political parties during federal and state government elections.

SBS Foundation Application Guidelines

Click here to view the application guidelines for the SBS Foundation

SBS Editorial Guidelines

The SBS Editorial Guidelines set out the principles and policies which guide SBS's editorial processes, including editorial responsibility, conflicts of interest, and commercial and external funding relationships. The SBS Editorial Guidelines work in conjunction with the SBS Codes of Practice.

Freedom of Information (FOI) - Information Publication Scheme

SBS is subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1992 (Cth) (FOI Act). Part II of the FOI Act establishes anInformation Publication Scheme (IPS) under which government agencies subject to the FOI Act are required to publish a range of information on their websites. SBS's IPS is available here.

Guidelines for the Sponsorship of SBS News Properties

These guidelines set out SBS's policy in respect of sponsorship of SBS news properties.

SBS policy on referencing gambling odds in sports broadcasts

 The Special Broadcasting Service Act 1991 provides that SBS may only broadcast advertisements and sponsorship announcements before or after programs and during natural program breaks. The SBS Codes of Practice and the SBS Editorial Guidelines require SBS to ensure that all decisions regarding commercial revenue are subject to the overriding principle that SBS’s editorial independence is paramount and is not to be compromised in any way.