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SBS has embarked on a review of its multilingual services (Feature in English)

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SBS has embarked on a review of its multilingual services (Feature in English)The Review will use the results of this year's Census to determine the make-up and content of SBS language programming for the next five years SBS reviews its language services every 5 years to ensure it reflects the needs of Australia’s diverse communities. The public consultation is now open for you to give your feedback on the criteria that will guide the language services review. Visit sbs dot com dot au slash consultation before the 12th of November and have your say.

What is the Language Services Review? 

 The Language Services Review is a process undertaken every five years in line with the national Census, as part of SBS’s ongoing commitment to continue evolving to meet the needs of Australia’s rapidly changing and increasingly diverse society.

 The Review considers factors such as the Australian Census data, audience listening habits, the migration to digital platforms, demographics and financial parameters, in order to ensure SBS’s language services are aligned to reflect today’s Australia. 


Our process

  The Language Services Review is a detailed process that occurs over a seventeen-month period, beginning with the Australian Census on Tuesday 10 August 2021.

 SBS is hosting a public consultation from 5th October to 12th November inviting audiences, communities and stakeholders to provide feedback on the draft Language Selection Criteria.

 This feedback informs the development of the Final Language Selection Criteria, which will be published ahead of the Census results being released in June 2022

 The census data provides a rich snapshot of the nation and will be used with the Language Selection Criteria to inform SBS’s Language Services Review.

 The results of the Language Services Review will be announced in October 2022 and any changes will be implemented by November 2022.


Public Consultation – Draft Language Selection Criteria

  The Language Selection Criteria is a set of guidelines that will be applied to the Australian Census 2021 data to determine which languages are part of SBS’s audio and language offering including radio, SBS On Demand, podcasting and other digital platforms.

 SBS provides the draft Selection Criteria and invites audiences and communities to provide feedback that will help determine the final Selection Criteria which will be shared before the 2021 Australian Census results are released.

 SBS is committed to ensuring the process of reviewing the SBS Language Services is objective, open and transparent. Finalising the Language Selection Criteria prior to the release of the 2021 Census data allows an independent framework to be in place to select languages, that is not skewed by the results.,

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