D-Notices and DA-notices are merely a request and therefore not legally enforceable and consequently news editors can choose to ignore them without (in theory) official repercussions, although they are generally accepted by the media.
In 1971 all existing D-Notices were cancelled and replaced by standing D-Notices that gave general guidance on what could be published and what could not, and what would require further advice from the secretary of the Defence, Press and Broadcasting Advisory Committee (DPBAC). In 1993 the notices were renamed DA-Notices.
As of 2006 there are five DA-Notices:
Areas subject to a D-Notice in Australia included the whereabouts of the Soviet defector Vladimir Petrov and his wife, and the operations of the U.S.-Australian joint defence communications facility at Pine Gap. A review of D-Notices in 1974 and again in 1982 reduced the many original D-Notices down to four
The system in Australia is believed to now be moribund
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