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The main roles which the Australian Press Council may undertake when handling complaints include
Adjudications must be published by the publication in accordance with the Council’s specific requirements.
The Council has no power to order compensation, fines or other financial sanctions. Where a complaint is upheld, the adjudication may also include a reprimand or censure, and may explicitly call for (but not require) apologies, retractions, corrections or other specified remedial action by the publisher. The Council may also call for specific measures to prevent recurrence of the type of breach in question.
The Council’s procedures for handling of complaints can be divided into the following three stages:
The great majority of complaints are finalised at Level 1.