The Australian Government is seeking comments on possible amendments to telecommunications carrier powers and immunities.

How it works

Why we want your input
We want your feedback on whether the proposed changes to telecommunications carrier powers and immunities should proceed, and if so, in what form.
How you can voice your opinion
You can have your say by providing a written submission by 11pm Friday 21 July 2017.
What will be the outcome of this consultation?
Your submission will help the Minister decide whether possible changes to carrier powers and immunities should proceed, and, if so, what any amendments should look like.

Consultation Information

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The Issue
Consultation Period: 
June 09, 2017 09:30 AEST to July 21, 2017 17:00 AEST

The Australian Government is seeking comments on possible amendments to telecommunications carrier powers and immunities.

We need your feedback on proposals from telecommunications carriers to amend the Telecommunications (Low-impact Facilities) Determination 1997, the Telecommunications Code of Practice 1997 and potentially, Schedule 3 to the Telecommunications Act 1997 (the Act). The Government is seeking community feedback on the proposals to assist it in deciding on the way forward.

To help provide better telecommunications services more quickly and cost effectively, telecommunications carriers have powers and immunities under Schedule 3 to the Act. These powers and immunities help them install and maintain telecommunications network facilities.

Most aspects of carrier powers and immunities have been in place since 1997. Since then, communications technologies have evolved rapidly, and demand for services and data has increased dramatically.

Telecommunications carriers have proposed that powers and immunities should be amended to reflect new technologies and work practices and reduce regulatory costs. The proposed changes will ensure that carriers can better meet the needs of consumers at lower cost. They would clarify the operation of some existing powers and immunities, allow some new types of facilities, make changes to some existing facility types, and streamline land owner notification and objection rules.

Where carrier powers and immunities do not cover current technologies and work practices, carriers are typically required to seek planning approval for their activities under differing state and territory planning laws. These approval processes can significantly increase the time and costs for carriers to install facilities that are important for improving telecommunications services to the community and businesses.

Background information:

Relevant Documentation

Consultation paper: Possible amendments to telecommunications carrier powers and immunities

Published 9th Jun 2017

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This paper sets out possible amendments to the Telecommunications (Low-impact Facilities) Determination 1997, the Telecommunications Code of Practice 1997 and Schedule 3 of the Telecommunications Act 1997.

Mark-up of possible amendments to the Telecommunications (Low-impact Facilities) Determination 1997

Published 9th Jun 2017

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This document shows the Telecommunications (Low-impact Facilities) Determination 1997 if amended as proposed. This document does not meet WCAG 2.0 requirements. For an accessible copy please phone 02 6271 1569.

Mark-up of possible amendments to the Telecommunications Code of Practice 1997

Published 9th Jun 2017

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This document shows the Telecommunications Code of Practice 1997 if amended as proposed. This document does not meet WCAG 2.0 requirements. For an accessible copy please phone 02 6271 1569.

Submission template

Published 9th Jun 2017

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Please use this template when responding to this consultation. When you have completed this template, you can upload it through the 'Have your say now' button below.

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Started June 09, 2017 09:30 AEST
Ended July 21, 2017 17:00 AEST
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Formal Submission

We invite you to to tell us your views on this topic.

Please include:

  • contact name
  • organisation name, if applicable
  • contact details, including telephone number, postal and email addresses
  • confirmation whether or not your submission can be made public—published—or kept confidential.

All submissions to be made public need to meet the Digital Service Standard for accessibility. Any submission that does not meet this standard may be modified before being made public.

If your submission is to be made public, please ensure you do not include any personal information that you don't want to be published.

Please use the submission template document above then click on the 'Have your say now' button below to upload it.

The following formal submissions have been made public.

Adelaide Hills Council

Anonymous Submission - 1

Aurizon

Ausgrid

Australasian Railway Association

Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association

Australian Radiation Refuge

Brisbane City Council

Brookfield Rail

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