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The Australian Press Council has 23 members, comprising
The independent Chair is chosen by the Council and has always been a judge or university professor. The public members and independent journalist members are appointed by the Council on the nomination of the Chair. The nominees of publishers are chosen by the media organisations which have agreed to support the Council and be subject to its complaints system. All members are expected to act and vote as individuals, not as representatives of any organisation or interest.
Information on appointment of a Public Member from New South Wales is available here.
Industry Nominee Members
Adjudication Panel Members
The members of the Council's Adjudication Panel are the Chair of the Council, all public and independent journalist members of the Council, three of the industry nominees on the Council (John Dunnet, Alan Kennedy and Bob Osburn) and the following people from community and media backgrounds who are not current Council members:
The Council secretariat is based in Sydney and is headed by an Executive Director appointed by the Council. The current staff members are:
The "constituent bodies" of the Council are publishers and other organisations in the media industry which have agreed to provide funding for the Council, to cooperate with the Council's consideration of complaints against them and to publish any resultant adjudications. They also select the industry nominees on the Council.
News Corp, Fairfax Media and the other publishers of newspapers and magazines that are members of the Council are responsible for about 90 per cent of all print media sales in Australia. Most of the major news websites are also members of the Council, as are a number of other online publishers and the principal union for employees in the media industry.
For further details, see Constituent Bodies and their Publications.