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SBS Language Services Review
Welcome to the SBS Language Services Review website.
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 occurs every five years in conjunction with the Australian Census and considers factors such as the public consultation feedback, Census data, audience listening habits, migration to digital platforms, demographics and financial parameters.
Why does SBS review its language services?
As part of SBS’s commitment to continue evolving to meet the needs of contemporary Australia, SBS undertakes a regular review of its audio and language offering including radio, podcasting and other digital platforms to ensure it continues to reflect the needs of communities in Australia today.
Regularly updating the services enables SBS to better service the largest communities with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and offer services to emerging high-needs communities.
Our process and timeline
The Language Services Review is a detailed process that began with the Australian Census on Tuesday 10 August 2021 and contains the following stages:
5th October - 12th November 2021: Public Consultation Period
SBS hosted a public consultation inviting audiences, communities and stakeholders to provide feedback on the draft Language Selection Criteria.
The Language Selection Criteria is a set of proposed guidelines and measures that will be applied to the Australian Census 2021 data to determine which languages are part of SBS’s audio and language offering.
Thank you for your submissions – the public consultation has now closed.
May 2022: Final Language Selection Criteria published
SBS wants to ensure the process of reviewing its audio and language offering is objective, open and transparent.
Finalising the Language Selection Criteria prior to the release of the 2021 Census data allows a framework that is not influenced by the Census results to be in place.
June 2022: Australian Census 2021 data released
The Census data provides a rich snapshot of the nation and will be used with the Final Language Selection Criteria to determine which languages are part of SBS’s audio and language offering.
The way in which those services will be delivered is determined by SBS, taking into consideration audience listening habits, migration to digital platforms, changing demographics and financial parameters.
October 2022: Changes to SBS Radio Services announced
Any revisions to the language schedule and how each language service will be delivered – e.g., via AM/FM, digital radio, digital television, online and/or podcast will be published.
November 2022: Changes to SBS Radio Services commence implementation
Any changes to SBS’s audio and language offering will commence implementation.
Please note: This website will next be updated in May 2022 when the Final Language Selection Criteria will be published.
Easy English Guide
Knowing our audience has a diverse range of communication needs, we’ve translated key information on the Language Services Review into Easy English. This is simple everyday language, supported with images.
To access the Easy English Guide please click here
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Frequently asked questions
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