The BSA was set up under the Broadcasting Act 1989 (external) to oversee the broadcasting standards regime in New Zealand. We do this by deciding complaints that broadcasts have breached standards, by doing research, and also by providing information about broadcasting standards.
We come under the umbrella of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, and our Minister is the Hon Clare Curran. As we are an independent Crown entity, the government cannot direct us in our work.
The Authority board consists of four members who make the decisions about complaints and who govern the BSA itself. We have a small staff who provide support to the members and who run the day-to-day office services.
We are essentially an appeal body, which is why complaints generally go to the broadcaster first (with the exception of privacy issues and election advertisements). Our decisions can be appealed to the High Court.
Our Values Ko Mātou are important to the BSA. Read more about them here: BSA values (PDF 27.4kb)