Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd has announced the Federal Government is putting a 10-year contract for Australia Network, the country's international television broadcasting service, up for tender.
The network is currently provided by the ABC under a five-year contract with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
"The Government has decided that the next Australia Network contract will be put to a competitive open tender process to ensure the best possible service in return for its investment," Mr Rudd said in a statement.
The contract period has been extended to 10 years to provide "greater certainty to the service provider".
Australia Network has been running since 1993.
The tender process is expected to open before the end of the year.