Australia Network, originally Australia Television International and later ABC Asia Pacific, is a free-to-air international satellite television service operated by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for the last 5 years. The television and online service broadcasts 24 hours a day on 7 days a week, to approximately 44 countries in Asia, the Pacific and the Indian sub-continent. The channel broadcasts a mix of programming, including news and current affairs, English-language learning programs, international documentaries, lifestyle, drama, sports and children's programming. The current channel operating rights is due to be opened to a tender, with the incumbent ABC, and private channel operators competing for the rights.
The international television service's current incarnation launched on 1 January 2002. It is funded partially by Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, as well as some advertising. The channel is targeted at local audiences in 44 countries across parts of Asia, the Pacific and India. Australia network, along with international radio network Radio Australia, is a part of the ABC's International, Corporate Strategy and Governance division.