An FFA spokesman told The World Game that the broadcast rights for tonight's qualifier were decided by the Asian Football Federation (AFC) and their marketing agency Lagardere.
SBS's free-to-air broadcast deal for the Socceroos' road to Russia 2018 expired at the end of the last round of AFC qualifying after Australia's 5-1 win over Jordan in Sydney on March 29.
SBS were interested in acquiring the rights for tonight's clash in Perth along with a number of other free-to-air broadcasters but a full explanation for the lack of a deal has not yet been given.
Tonight’s match will now only be shown on pay television - leaving the majority of football fans in the dark.
It is more than four years since a competitive Socceroos match was last played without any free-to-air coverage, with the 2014 FIFA World Cup, including qualification, the 2015 AFC Asian Cup and 2018 World Cup qualifiers shown on SBS or ABC.
Pitted in a tricky group including Japan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Thailand, tonight's home clash with Iraq shapes as a vital clash for the Socceroos, with the two teams from Group B automatically qualifying for Russia 2018.