The Australian Government is seeking comments on proposed amendments to carrier powers and immunities laws, which include changes that will allow temporary facilities to be deployed as low-impact facilities.

How it works

Why we want your input
We have provided exposure drafts of the proposed changes to the legislation. This is your chance to have your say about these changes.
How you can voice your opinion
You can voice your opinion by providing a submission to this public consultation process. Submissions are due to the Department of Communications and the Arts by 23 December 2019.
What will be the outcome of this consultation?
Your submissions will be used to inform the proposed amendments to the Telecommunications (Low-impact Facilities) Determination 2018 and the Telecommunications Code of Practice 2018.

Consultation Information

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The Issue
Consultation Period:  November 26, 2019 07:15 AEDT to December 23, 2019 17:00 AEDT

The Australian Government is seeking comments on the proposed amendments to the Telecommunications (Low-impact Facilities) Determination 2018 (LIFD) and the Telecommunications Code of Practice 2018 (Code of Practice) which will allow carriers to deploy temporary facilities, including temporary towers, as low impact telecommunications facilities.

We are seeking your feedback on the proposed changes to the LIFD and the Code of Practice.

Following passage of the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment Act 2019 (TLAA) the Minister now has powers to prescribe temporary facilities, including those with a tower, as low-impact facilities in certain circumstances. Temporary facilities can only be deployed in the following situations:

  • providing additional capacity during one or more events (such as a concert, festival or sporting event)
  • providing additional capacity during a peak holiday period
  • minimising service disruption during the maintenance or replacement of an existing facility
  • providing services to an emergency services organisation so that it can deal with an emergency or natural disaster.

Along with making the necessary changes to implement the temporary facilities amendments, additional changes will be made to:

  • Clarify the definition of 'radiocommunications facility' at Item 8, Part 1 of the Schedule to the LIFD
  • Amend the definition of 'original facility' in the LIFD to refer to the correct Schedule
  • Remove obsolete references to 'Nature Conservation Director' in the Code of Practice
  • address recommendations made by the Senate Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinance to list the relevant standards that carriers are required to comply with in the Code of Practice.

Relevant Documentation

Exposure Drafts - Telecommunications (Low-Impact Facilities) Determination 2018

Published 22nd Nov 2019

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This document has been prepared by us to assist stakeholders in understanding the 2019 proposed changes to Telecommunications (Low-impact Facilities) Determination 2018. This document does not meet WCAG 2.0 requirements. For an accessible version please email powersandimmunities@communications.gov.au.

Exposure Drafts - and the Telecommunications Code of Practice 2018

Published 22nd Nov 2019

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This document has been prepared by us to assist stakeholders in understanding the 2019 proposed changes to Telecommunications Code of Practice 2018. This document does not meet WCAG 2.0 requirements. For an accessible version please email powersandimmunities@communications.gov.au.

Explanatory Notes to the Exposure Drafts - Telecommunications (Low-Impact Facilities) Determination 2018 and the Telecommunications Code of Practice 2018

Published 22nd Nov 2019

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This document provides an overview of proposed amendments to the Telecommunications (Low-impact Facilities) Determination 2018 (LIFD) and the Telecommunications Code of Practice 2018 (Code of Practice) to assist members of the public to make a submission. The draft legislative instruments have been prepared for the purposes of public consultation and are subject to change.

Participate

Started November 26, 2019 07:15 AEDT
Ends December 23, 2019 17:00 AEDT
Days Remaining 9 of 27
Open

Formal Submission

  • 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. 

The information provided to us will be used to inform the Department's position on the proposed legislative amendments. Your name,contact details and other personal information will not be provided to any other person or organisation unless required by law. 

All submissions will be published on our website unless a need for confidentiality is indicated. For further information about our privacy obligations (including in relation to how to access or correct personalinformation or make a complaint) and our contact details for privacy matters,please see our Privacy Policy.

Alternatively please email your completed template submission to powersandimmunities [at] communications.gov.au or send it to:

Postal address: 
Infrastructure Deployment
Department of Communications andthe Arts
GPO Box 2154
Canberra ACT 2601