Cost-Benefit Analysis and Review of Regulation


NBN Panel of Experts

On 12 December 2013, the Government announced the terms of reference for the Cost-Benefit Analysis and Review of Regulation of NBN. The review considered the economic and social costs and benefits arising from the availability of broadband of differing properties via various technologies and made recommendations on the role of Government support and regulation of the industry.

The Government appointed a Panel of Experts comprising Dr Michael Vertigan AC, Ms Alison Deans, Professor Henry Ergas and Mr Tony Shaw PSM to conduct the review. Dr Vertigan has been appointed as Chair.

Panel reports to Government

The Government released the following panel reports in July, August and October 2014:

Government response

On 11 December 2014, the Government released a policy paper setting out the Government's response to the Vertigan panel. The Government's responsepolicy paper sets out a practical plan for completing the rollout of the NBN as soon and as cost-effectively as possible, while also outlining the long-term strategy for supporting greater competition in the telecommunications sector. 

As part of its response, the Government also released a draft policy on infrastructure in new developments for comment. Details on how to download the policy and provide comments are available here.

In addition, on 14 December 2014, the Government released a new carrier licence condition declaration for owners of superfast fixed line broadband networks targeting residential customers. The declaration and explanatory statement are available on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments.

Consultation and working documents

As part of its deliberations, the panel released the following papers:

  • Cost-Benefit Analysis – Analytical Framework.
  • Regulatory Arrangements Paper
  • Regulatory Framing Paper
  • Forecasting Australian Per-Household Bandwidth Demand.
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