It closes on the 3rd of August 2018 at 17:00 AEST.
The terms of reference are very broad, seeking to assess the reach of Australia's media in the region, and covering many distribution platforms - they mention television, radio and online.
The striking thing that's changed in recent years is the increased output from China which has in some cases taken over frequencies that used to be used daily by Radio Australia (which of course they have every right to do).
Technical things have changed too:
- Digital Radio Mondiale has been rolled out in India (although receivers are still not very good)
- Smartphones and mobile data are much more available in the region
- Use of home satellite receivers has declined globally as more content moves online
- Use of shortwave AM radios has diminished but it's interesting to note that there are many new models of radio available.
There are many benefits arising from broadcasting into our region from Australia, perhaps the best defence against Fake News is just the provision of consistent, quality, regular news. Tecsun Radios Australia has a great article on the value of shortwave in the region.
You can find out more by joining the Facebook group "Supporters of Australian Broadcasting in Asia and the Pacific".