Commercial Radio Music Code

For many years the Australian Music Performance Committee (AMPCOM) was comprised of representatives of Commercial Radio Australia (CRA), the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), the Australian Music Publishers’ Association Ltd, the Musicians’ Union of Australia and the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance. AMPCOM published annual reports on the compliance of the commercial radio industry with the Commercial Radio Codes of Practice (the Code), specifically in relation to the section of the Code which related to the playing of Australian music on commercial radio. Those reports can be accessed below.

In March 2017 the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) registered an updated Code which eliminated the requirement for AMPCOM.

Section 5 of the revised Code sets out provisions which require commercial radio stations to play a certain proportion of Australian music. The Code can be viewed here.

ARIA will still make available the compliance reports (ie ‘content return’) prepared by CRA annually, together with the information on the production of new Australian music. As they become available, those reports will be accessible from this page.

The data relating to the 2018 financial year is as follows:

Australian Music Content Return (as provided by CRA).

Production of New Australian Music

The figures for the AMPCOM 2018 report are as follows:


  This Year % Last Year %
Aust tracks released        
Ambient 98 0.5 194 1.4
Childrens 70 0.4 246 1.7
Classical 1036 5.7 964 6.8
Comedy / Spoken word 14 0.1 42 0.3
Country / Folk 2468 13.5 2020 14.2
Easy / MOR / Nostalgia 136 0.7 202 1.4
Jazz 276 1.5 322 2.3
Rock, Pop, Dance 13830 75.5 9698 68.3
Soul / R&B 200 1.1 362 2.5
Traditional 186 1 154 1.1
Total 18314 100 14204 100
Aus release schedule        
Australian v Overseas 16.60%   16.60%  
Tracks released 18314   14204  
Total tracks released 82814   85580  


The figures were calculated on the same basis as previously - 6 tracks on each single, 14 per album, 30 per multiple and 20 per compilation.


Genre classifications are determined by the record companies in their catalogue updates. There was a significant number of items with no genre allocations. They amounted to 22.5% of the total single albums & 82.7% of the singles. They were added to the “rock,pop,dance” genre as in previous years.


The figures do not include all digital only releases and are largely physical product.


To see previous AMPCOM Reports, see the following:



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