This is the report of the review done by us on the effectiveness of section 593 of the Telecommunications Act 1997 (Telco Act). The review had a particular focus on grants funding allocated to the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN), which is the only body to receive funding under section 593 since 2009.
The Government is reforming the telecommunications market to promote competition and to improve access to broadband services for all Australians, especially those in regional, rural and remote areas. The Government is introducing a reform package with three major components.
The Australian Government will establish new statutory infrastructure provider (SIP) obligations on NBN Co Ltd (nbn) and other wholesale network providers to ensure that all people in Australia, no matter where they live, have access to high speed broadband network infrastructure.