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Telecommunications Act 1997

  • - C2005C00159
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Act No. 47 of 1997 as amended, taking into account amendments up to Act No. 8 of 2005
An Act about telecommunications, and for related purposes
Administered by: DCITA
Registered 09 Mar 2005
Start Date 22 Feb 2005
End Date 30 Jun 2005
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Part 1—Introduction
1 Short title [see Note 1]
2 Commencement [see Note 1]
3 Objects
4 Regulatory policy
5 Simplified outline
6 Main index
7 Definitions
7A Agency co‑ordinator
8 Crown to be bound
9 Extra‑territorial application
10 Extension to external Territories
11 Extension to adjacent areas
11A Application of the Criminal Code
12 Act subject to Radiocommunications Act
13 Continuity of partnerships
14 Controlled carriage services, controlled networks and controlled facilities
15 Content service
16 Listed carriage services
18 Access to an emergency call service
19 Recognised person who operates an emergency call service
20 Customer cabling
21 Customer equipment
22 Customer cabling and customer equipment—boundary of a telecommunications network
23 Immediate circle
24 Extended meaning of use
Part 2—Network units
Division 1—Simplified outline
25 Simplified outline
Division 2—Basic definition
26 Single line links connecting distinct places in Australia
27 Multiple line links connecting distinct places in Australia
28 Designated radiocommunications facility
29 Facilities specified in Ministerial determination
Division 3—Related definitions
30 Line links
31 Designated radiocommunications facility
32 Public mobile telecommunications service
33 Intercell hand‑over functions
34 When a base station is part of a terrestrial radiocommunications customer access network
35 Fixed radiocommunications link
Division 4—Distinct places
36 Distinct places—basic rules
37 Properties
38 Combined areas
39 Principal user of a property
40 Eligible combined areas
Part 3—Carriers
Division 1—Simpl ified outline
41 Simplified outline
Division 2—Prohibitions relating to carriers
42 Network unit not to be used without carrier licence or nominated carrier declaration
43 Continuing offences
44 Supply to the public
45 Exemption—defence
46 Exemption—intelligence operations
47 Exemption—transport authorities
48 Exemption—broadcasting services
49 Exemption—electricity supply bodies
50 Exemption—line links authorised by or under previous laws
51 Exemption—Ministerial determination
Division 3—Carrier licences
52 Applications for carrier licence
53 Form of application etc.
53A Copy of application to be given to agency co‑ordinator
54 Application to be accompanied by charge
55 Further information
56 Grant of licence
56A Consultation with agency co‑ordinator
57 Carrier licence has effect subject to this Act
58 Refusal of carrier licence—disqualified applicant
58A Refusal of carrier licence—security
59 Time limit on licence decision
60 Notification of refusal of application
61 Conditions of carrier licence specified in Schedule 1
62 Condition of carrier licence set out in section 152AZ of the Trade Practices Act 1974
63 Conditions of carrier licence declared by Minister
64 Consultation about declared licence conditions
65 Conditions about foreign ownership or control
67 Carrier licence conditions—special provisions
68 Compliance with conditions
69 Remedial directions—breach of condition
70 Formal warnings—breach of condition
71 Surrender of carrier licence
72 Cancellation of carrier licence
73 Collection of charges relating to carrier licences
73A Refund of application charge
74 Collection of charges on behalf of the Commonwealth
75 Cancellation of certain exemptions from charge
76 Commonwealth not liable to charge
Division 4—Nominated carrier declarations
77 Applications for nominated carrier declarations
79 Form of application etc.
80 Further information
81 Making a nominated carrier declaration
81A Obligations of nominated carrier
82 Notification of refusal of application
83 Revocation of nominated carrier declaration
Division 5—Register of nominated carrier declarations and carrier licences
84 Register of nominated carrier declarations and carrier licences
Part 4—Service providers
Division 1—Simplified outline
85 Simplified outline
Division 2—Service providers
86 Service providers
Division 3—Carriage service providers
87 Carriage service providers
88 Supply to the public
89 Exemption from definition—customers located on the same premises
90 Exemption from definition—defence
91 Exemption from definition—intelligence operations
92 Exemption from definition—transport authorities
93 Exemption from definition—broadcasting services
94 Exemption from definition—electricity supply bodies
95 Exemption from definition—Ministerial determination
96 Exemption from certain regulatory provisions—Ministerial determination
Division 4—Content service providers
97 Content service providers
Division 5—Service provider rules
98 Service provider rules
99 Service provider determinations
100 Exemptions from service provider rules
101 Service providers must comply with service provider rules
102 Remedial directions—breach of service provider rules
103 Formal warnings—breach of service provider rules
Part 5—Monitoring of the performance of carriers and carriage service providers
104 Simplified outline
105 Monitoring of performance—annual report
105A Monitoring of performance—additional report
Part 6—Industry codes and industry standards
Division 1—Simplified outline
106 Simplified outline
Division 2—Interpretation
107 Industry codes
108 Industry standards
108A Electronic messaging service provider
108B Telecommunications industry
109 Telecommunications activity
109A E‑marketing activity
110 Sections of the telecommunications industry
110A Sections of the e‑marketing industry
111 Participants in a section of the telecommunications industry
111A Participants in a section of the e‑marketing industry
111B Unsolicited commercial electronic messages
Division 3—General principles relating to industry codes and industry standards
112 Statement of regulatory policy
113 Examples of matters that may be dealt with by industry codes and industry standards
114 Industry codes and industry standards may confer powers on the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman
115 Industry codes and industry standards not to deal with certain design features and performance requirements
116 Industry codes and industry standards not to deal with matters dealt with by codes and standards under Part 9 of the Broadcasting Services Act
116A Industry codes and standards do not affect Privacy Act 1988
Division 4—Industry codes
117 Registration of industry codes
118 ACA may request codes
119 Publication of notice where no body or association represents a section of the telecommunications industry or the e‑marketing industry
120 Replacement of industry codes
121 Directions about compliance with industry codes
122 Formal warnings—breach of industry codes
122A De‑registering industry codes and provisions of industry codes
Division 5—Industry standards
123 ACA may determine an industry standard if a request for an industry code is not complied with
124 ACA may determine industry standard where no industry body or association formed
125 ACA may determine industry standards where industry codes fail
126 Industry standards not to be determined for certain privacy matters
127 Industry standards not to be determined during the first 180 days after commencement
128 Compliance with industry standards
129 Formal warnings—breach of industry standards
130 Variation of industry standards
131 Revocation of industry standards
132 Public consultation on industry standards
133 Consultation with ACCC and the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman
135 Consultation with consumer body
Division 6—Register of industry codes and industry standards
136 ACA to maintain Register of industry codes and industry standards
Division 7—Miscellaneous
137 Protection from civil proceedings
138 Implied freedom of political communication
Part 13—Protection of communications
Division 1—Introduction
270 Simplified outline
271 Eligible person
272 Number‑database operator and eligible number‑database person
273 Information
274 Telecommunications contractor
275 Number‑database contractor
Division 2—Primary disclosure/use offences
276 Primary disclosure/use offence—eligible persons
277 Primary disclosure/use offence—eligible number‑database persons
278 Primary disclosure/use offence—emergency call persons
Division 3—Exceptions to primary disclosure/use offences
Subdivision A—Exceptions
279 Performance of person’s duties
280 Authorisation by or under law
281 Witnesses
282 Law enforcement and protection of public revenue
283 ASIO
284 Assisting the ACA, the ACCC or the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman
285 Integrated public number database
286 Calls to emergency service number
287 Threat to person’s life or health
288 Communications for maritime purposes
289 Knowledge or consent of person concerned
290 Implicit consent of sender and recipient of communication
291 Business needs of other carriers or service providers
292 Circumstances prescribed in the regulations
293 Uses connected with exempt disclosures
294 Generality of Subdivision not limited
Subdivision B—Burden of proof
295 Burden of proof
Division 4—Secondary disclosure/use offences
296 Performance of person’s duties
297 Authorisation by or under law
298 Law enforcement and protection of public revenue
299 Assisting the ACA, the ACCC or the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman
300 Threat to person’s life or health
301 Communications for maritime purposes
302 Business needs of other carriers or service providers
303 Secondary offence—contravening this Division
303A Generality of Division not limited
Division 4A—Relationship with the Privacy Act 1988
303B Acts taken to be authorised by law for purposes of Privacy Act
303C Prosecution of an offence against this Part does not affect proceedings under the Privacy Act 1988
Division 5—Record‑keeping requirements
304 Associate
305 Certificates issued by authorised officers of enforcement agencies
306 Record of disclosures
307 Incorrect records
308 Annual reports to the ACA by carriers, carriage service providers or number‑database operators
309 Monitoring by the Privacy Commissioner
Division 6—Instrument‑making powers not limited
310 Instrument‑making powers not limited
Part 14—National interest matters
311 Simplified outline
312 ACA’s obligations
313 Obligations of carriers and carriage service providers
314 Terms and conditions on which help is to be given
314A Delivery points
315 Suspension of supply of carriage service in an emergency
316 Generality of Part not limited
Part 15—Co‑operation with agencies
Division 1—Introduction
317 Simplified outline
318 Definition
319 Meaning of interception
320 Meaning of interception capability, special assistance capability and agency specific delivery capability
Division 2—Obligations concerning interception and special assistance capabilities and exemption from those obligations
Subdivision A—Introduction
321 Purpose of Division
Subdivision B—Obligations
322 Attorney‑General may make determinations
323 Obligations of persons covered by a determination
324 Obligations of persons not covered by a determination in relation to particular carriage service
Subdivision C—Exemptions
325 The Minister may grant exemption
326 The agency co‑ordinator may grant exemption
Division 3—Interception capability plans
328 Purpose of Division
329 Nature of an interception capability plan
330 Carriers’ obligations in relation to IC plans
331 Nominated carriage service providers’ obligations in relation to IC plans
332 Lodgment of IC plans
332A Commencement of IC plans
332B Compliance with IC plans and amended IC plans
332C Consideration of IC plans
332D Consequences of changed business plans
Division 4—Requirement arising from proposed technological changes
332E Purpose of Division
332F Carrier or provider to notify impending technological change
332G ACA to give agencies a reasonable opportunity to consult on new technology
332H Extensions to consultation periods
332J Delivery requirements arising from implementation of new or altered technology
Division 5—Allocation of costs in relation to interception, special assistance, and agency specific delivery capabilities
332K Purpose of Division
332L Distribution of the costs of interception, special assistance, and agency specific delivery capabilities
332M Exception to the cost distribution set out in section 332L
332N Working out costs of agency specific delivery capabilities
332P Examination of lower cost options
332Q ACA may require independent audit of costs
Division 6—Review of cost‑effectiveness of interception
332R Minister to conduct review etc.
Part 16—Defence requirements and disaster plans
Division 1—Introduction
333 Simplified outline
334 Defence authority
Division 2—Supply of carriage services
335 Requirement to supply carriage services for defence purposes or for the management of natural disasters
Division 3—Defence planning
336 Definitions
337 Preparation of draft agreement
338 ACA’s certification of draft agreement
339 Requirement to enter into certified agreement
340 Compliance with agreement
341 Withdrawal of certification of agreement
342 Duration of agreement
343 Variation of agreement
Division 4—Disaster plans
344 Designated disaster plans
345 Carrier licence conditions about designated disaster plans
346 Service provider determinations about designated disaster plans
346A Carrier and carriage service provider immunity
Division 5—Delegation
347 Delegation
Part 17—Pre‑selection in favour of carriage service providers
348 Simplified outline
349 Requirement to provide pre‑selection
350 When pre‑selection is provided in favour of a carriage service provider
350A Declared carriage services
351 Pre‑selection to be provided
352 Exemptions from requirement to provide pre‑selection
353 Use of over‑ride dial codes
Part 18—Calling line identification
354 Simplified outline
355 Calling line identification
356 Exemptions from calling line identification requirement
Part 19—Advanced Mobile Phone System (AMPS)
357 Simplified outline
358 Meaning of AMPS
359 Scope of Part
360 No new AMPS
361 AMPS to be phased out
362 Limited exemption from phase‑out of AMPS
363 Competition not to be reduced
Part 20—International aspects of activities of the telecommunications industry
Division 1—Simplified outline
364 Simplified outline
Division 2—Compliance with international agreements
365 INTELSAT and Inmarsat—directions to Signatories
366 Compliance with conventions
Division 3—Rules of conduct about dealings with international telecommunications operators
367 Rules of conduct about dealings with international telecommunications operators
368 ACCC to administer Rules of Conduct
369 Rules of Conduct to bind carriers and carriage service providers
370 Unenforceability of agreements
371 Investigations by the ACCC
372 Reviews of the operation of this Division
Part 21—Technical regulation
Division 1—Simplified outline
373 Simplified outline
Division 2—Interpretative provisions
374 Part applies to networks or facilities in Australia operated by carriers or carriage service providers
375 Manager of network or facility
Division 3—Technical standards about customer equipment and customer cabling
376 ACA’s power to make technical standards
377 Adoption of voluntary standards
378 Procedures for making technical standards
379 Making technical standards in cases of urgency
Division 4—Disability standards
380 Disability standards
381 Adoption of voluntary standards
382 Procedures for making disability standards
383 Effect of compliance with disability standards
Division 5—Technical standards about the interconnection of facilities
384 ACA’s power to make technical standards
385 Adoption of voluntary standards
386 Procedures for making technical standards
387 Procedures for making technical standards
388 Provision of access
389 Promotion of the long‑term interests of end‑users of carriage services and of services supplied by means of carriage services
Division 6—Connection permits and connection rules
Subdivision A—Connection permits authorising the connection of non‑standard customer equipment and non‑standard cabling
390 Application for connection permit
391 Form of application
392 Application to be accompanied by charge
393 Further information
394 Issue of connection permits
395 Connection permit has effect subject to this Act
396 Nominees of holder
397 Duration of connection permits
398 Conditions of connection permits
399 Offence of contravening condition
400 Formal warnings—breach of condition
401 Surrender of connection permit
402 Cancellation of connection permit
403 Register of connection permits
Subdivision B—Connection rules
404 Connection rules
405 Procedures for making connection rules
Division 7—Labelling of customer equipment and customer cabling
406 Application of labels
406A Application of Division to agent of manufacturer or importer
407 Labelling requirements
408 Requirements to apply labels—ancillary matters
409 Recognised testing authorities and competent bodies
410 Certification bodies
411 Connection of customer equipment or customer cabling—breach of section 376 standards
412 Connection of labelled customer equipment or customer cabling not to be refused
413 Supply of unlabelled customer equipment or unlabelled customer cabling
414 Applying labels before satisfying requirements under subsection 408(5)
415 Failure to retain records etc.
416 Application of labels containing false statements about compliance with standards
Division 8—Protected symbols
417 Protected symbols
Division 9—Cabling providers
418 Cabling work
419 Types of cabling work
420 Prohibition of unauthorised cabling work
421 Cabling provider rules
422 Procedures for making cabling provider rules
423 Application for cabling licence
424 Form of application
425 Application to be accompanied by charge
426 Further information
427 Grant of cabling licence
428 Time limit on licence decision
429 Notification of refusal of application
430 Cabling licence has effect subject to this Act
431 Duration of cabling licence
432 Conditions of cabling licence
433 Procedures for changing licence conditions
434 Offence in relation to contravening condition
435 Formal warnings—breach of condition
436 Surrender of cabling licence
437 Suspension of cabling licence
438 Cancellation of cabling licence
439 ACA may limit application of Division in relation to customer cabling
440 Ministerial directions
441 Delegation
442 Register of cabling licences
Division 10—Remedies for unauthorised connections to telecommunications networks etc.
443 Civil action for unauthorised connections to telecommunications networks etc.
444 Remedy for contravention of labelling requirements
445 Remedies for connection of unlabelled customer equipment or unlabelled customer cabling
446 Disconnection of dangerous customer equipment or customer cabling
447 Disconnection of customer equipment or customer cabling—protection of the integrity of networks and facilities
448 Civil action for dangerous connections to telecommunications networks etc.
449 Other remedies not affected
Division 11—Prohibited customer equipment and prohibited customer cabling
450 Declaration of prohibited customer equipment or prohibited customer cabling
451 Consultation on proposed declaration
452 Operation of prohibited customer equipment or customer cabling
Division 12—Pre‑commencement labels
453 Pre‑commencement labels
Division 13—Penalties payable instead of prosecution
453A Penalties payable instead of prosecution
Part 22—Numbering of carriage services and regulation of electronic addressing
Division 1—Simplified outline
454 Simplified outline
Division 2—Numbering of carriage services
Subdivision A—Numbering plan
455 Numbering plan
456 Numbering plan—supply to the public
457 Numbering plan—allocation otherwise than in accordance with an allocation system
458 Numbering plan—rules about portability of allocated numbers
459 ACA to administer numbering plan
460 Consultation about numbering plan
461 Consultation with ACCC
462 Compliance with the numbering plan
Subdivision B—Allocation system for numbers
463 Allocation system for numbers
464 Consultation about an allocation system
Subdivision C—Miscellaneous
465 Register of allocated numbers
466 Emergency service numbers
468 Collection of numbering charges
469 Collection of charges on behalf of the Commonwealth
470 Cancellation of certain exemptions from charge
471 Commonwealth not liable to charge
472 Integrated public number database
473 Letters and symbols taken to be numbers
Division 3—Regulation of electronic addressing
474 Declared manager of electronic addressing
475 ACA may give directions to declared manager of electronic addressing
476 ACCC may give directions to declared manager of electronic addressing
477 ACCC’s directions to prevail over the ACA’s directions
Part 23—Standard agreements for the supply of carriage services
478 Simplified outline
479 Standard terms and conditions apply unless excluded
480 Standard form of agreement to be publicly available
480A Other information to be publicly available
481 Standard form of agreement to be given to the ACA
482 Concurrent operation of State/Territory laws
483 Trade Practices Act not affected by this Part
Part 24—Carriers’ powers and immunities
484 Schedule 3
Part 25—Public inquiries
Division 1—Simplified outline
485 Simplified outline
Division 2—Inquiries by the ACA
486 When inquiry must be held
487 When inquiry may be held
488 Informing the public about an inquiry
489 Discussion paper
490 Written submissions and protection from civil actions
491 Hearings
492 Hearing to be in public except in exceptional cases
493 Confidential material not to be published
494 Direction about private hearings
495 Reports on inquiries
Division 3—Inquiries by the ACCC
496 When inquiry must be held
497 When inquiry may be held
498 Informing the public about an inquiry
499 Discussion paper
500 Written submissions and protection from civil actions
501 Hearings
502 Hearing to be in public except in exceptional cases
503 Confidential material not to be published
504 Direction about private hearings
505 Reports on inquiries
506 ACCC’s other powers not limited
Part 26—Investigations
507 Simplified outline
508 Matters to which this Part applies
509 Complaints to the ACA
510 Investigations by the ACA
511 Preliminary inquiries
512 Conduct of investigations
513 Complainant and certain other persons to be informed of various matters
514 Reference of matters to Ombudsman or other responsible person
515 Reference of matters to the ACCC
516 Reports on investigations
517 Publication of reports
518 Person adversely affected by report to be given opportunity to comment
519 Protection from civil actions
Part 27—The ACA’s information‑gathering powers
Division 1—Simplified outline
520 Simplified outline
Division 2—Information‑gathering powers
521 The ACA may obtain information and documents from carriers and service providers
522 The ACA may obtain information and documents from other persons
523 Copying documents—reasonable compensation
524 Self‑incrimination
525 Giving false or misleading information or evidence
527 Copies of documents
528 ACA may retain documents
Division 3—Record‑keeping rules
529 ACA may make record‑keeping rules
530 Compliance with record‑keeping rules
531 Incorrect records
Part 28—Enforcement
Division 1—Introduction
532 Simplified outline
532A References to the Spam Act 2003
Division 2—Inspectors and identity cards
533 Inspectors
534 Identity cards
Division 3—Search warrants relating to breaches of the Spam Act 2003 or Part 21 of this Act
535 Magistrate may issue warrant
536 Reasonable grounds for issuing warrant etc.
537 Contents of warrant
538 Warrants may be issued by telephone etc.
539 Provisions relating to is sue of warrant by telephone etc.
540 Proceedings involving warrant issued by telephone etc.
Division 4—Searches and seizures relating to breaches of the Spam Act 2003 or Part 21 of this Act
541 When is a thing connected with an offence?
541A When is a thing connected with a breach of the Spam Act 2003?
542 Searches and seizures
543 Production of identity card etc.
544 Evidence of commission of other offences against Part 21 of this Act or other breaches of the Spam Act 2003
545 Emergency entry, search and seizure
546 Retention of things seized
Division 5—Searches to monitor compliance with Part 21
547 Searches to monitor compliance with Part 21
Division 5A—Searches to monitor compliance with the Spam Act 2003
547A Powers available to inspectors for monitoring compliance
547B Monitoring powers
547C Production of identity card etc.
547D Monitoring warrants
547E Details of warrant to be given to occupier etc.
547F Announcement before entry
547G Compensation for damage to equipment
547H Occupier entitled to be present during search
Division 5B—Access to computer data that is relevant to the Spam Act 2003
547J Access to computer data that is relevant to the Spam Act 2003
Division 6—Other powers of inspectors
548 General powers of inspectors
549 Power to require information etc.
550 Retention of documents
Division 7—Forfeiture
551 Court may order forfeiture
552 Forfeited goods may be sold
Division 8—Future offences
553 Offences that are going to be committed
Part 29—Review of decisions
554 Simplified outline
555 Decisions that may be subject to reconsideration by the ACA
556 Deadlines for reaching certain decisions
557 Statements to accompany notification of decisions
558 Applications for reconsideration of decisions
559 Reconsideration by the ACA
560 Deadlines for reconsiderations
561 Statements to accompany notification of decisions on reconsideration
562 Review by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Part 30—Injunctions
563 Simplified outline
564 Injunctions
565 Interim injunctions
566 Discharge etc. of injunctions
567 Certain limits on granting injunctions not to apply
568 Other powers of the court unaffected
Part 31—Civil penalties
569 Simplified outline
570 Pecuniary penalties for contravention of civil penalty provisions
571 Civil action for recovery of pecuniary penalties
572 Criminal proceedings not to be brought for contravention of civil penalty provisions
Part 32—Vicarious liability
573 Simplified outline
574 Proceedings under this Act
574A Definition
575 Liability of corporations
576 Liability of persons other than corporations
Part 34—Special provisions relating to functions and powers of the ACA and the Attorney‑General in respect of telecommunications
579 Simplified outline
580 ACA must have regard to conventions
581 Power to give directions to carriers and service providers
Part 35—Miscellaneous
582 Simplified outline
583 Penalties for certain continuing offences
584 Procedure relating to certain continuing offences
585 Treatment of partnerships
586 Giving of documents to partnerships
587 Nomination of address for service of documents
588 Service of summons or process on foreign corporations—criminal proceedings
589 Instruments under this Act may provide for matters by reference to other instruments
590 Arbitration—acquisition of property
591 Compensation—constitutional safety net
592 Act not to affect performance of State or Territory functions
593 Funding of consumer representation, and of research, in relation to telecommunications
594 Regulations
Schedule 1—Standard carrier licence conditions
Part 1—Compliance with this Act
1 Compliance with this Act
Part 2—Industry development plans
2 Simplified outline
3 Definitions
4 Carriers must have a current industry development plan
5 Exempti ons from industry development plan requirements
6 Contents of industry development plan
7 Current industry development plan
8 Publication of industry development plan
9 Variation of industry development plan
10 Requirements relating to research and development activities
11 Formulation of plan or variation—Commonwealth government policy about industry development
12 Compliance with provisions of plan relating to research and development activities
13 Notification of matters that may affect the achievement of an industry development plan
14 Annual report on implementation of industry development plan
15 Annual report by Industry Minister
Part 3—Access to supplementary facilities
16 Simplified outline
17 Access to supplementary facilities
18 Terms and conditions of access
19 Ministerial pricing determinations
Part 4—Access to network information
20 Simplified outline
21 Access to network information
22 Access to information in databases
23 Access to network planning information
24 Access to information about likely changes to network facilities—completion success rate of calls
25 Access to quality of service information etc.
26 Security procedures
27 Terms and conditions of compliance
27A Code relating to access to information
28 Ministerial pricing determinations
29 Consultation about reconfiguration etc.
29A Code relating to consultation
Part 5—Access to telecommunications transmission towers and to underground facilities
30 Simplified outline
31 Definitions
32 Extended meaning of access
33 Access to telecommunications transmission towers
34 Access to sites of telecommunications transmission towers
35 Access to eligible underground facilities
36 Terms and conditions of access
37 Code relating to access
38 Industry co‑operation about sharing of sites and eligible underground facilities
39 This Part does not limit Part 3 of this Schedule
Part 6—Inspection of facilities etc.
40 Simplified outline
42 Regular inspection of facilities
43 Prompt investigation of dangerous facilities
44 Remedial action
Schedule 2—Standard service provider rules
Part 1—Compliance with this Act
1 Compliance with this Act
Part 2—Operator services
2 Simplified outline
3 Scope of Part
4 Operator services must be provided to end‑users of a standard telephone service
5 Access to end‑users of other carriage service providers
Part 3—Directory assistance services
6 Simplified outline
7 Directory assistance services must be provided to end‑users
8 Access by end‑users of other carriage service providers
Part 4—Integrated public number database
9 Simplified outline
10 Carriage service providers must give information to Telstra
11 Carriage service providers must give information to another person or association
Part 5—Itemised billing
12 Simplified outline
13 Itemised billing
14 Exemptions from itemised billing requirements
15 Details that are not to be specified in an itemised bill
Schedule 3—Carriers’ powers and immunities
Part 1—General provisions
Division 1—Simplified outline and definitions
1 Simplified outline
2 Definitions
3 Designated overhead line
4 Extension to a tower to be treated as the installation of a facility
Division 2—Inspection of land
5 Inspection of land
Division 3—Installation of facilities
6 Installation of facilities
Division 4—Maintenance of facilities
7 Maintenance of facilities
Division 5—Conditions relating to the carrying out of authorised activities
8 Carrier to do as little damage as practicable
9 Carrier to restore land
10 Management of activities
11 Agreements with public utilities
12 Compliance with industry standards
13 Compliance with international agreements
14 Conditions specified in the regulations
15 Conditions specified in a Ministerial Code of Practice
16 Conditions to which a facility installation permit is subject
17 Notice to owner of land—general
18 Notice to owner of land—lopping of trees etc.
19 Notice to roads authorities, utilities etc.
20 Roads etc. to remain open for passage
Division 6—Facility installation permits
21 Application for facility installation permit
22 Form of application
23 Application to be accompanied by charge
24 Withdrawal of application
25 Issue of facility installation permit
26 Deemed refusal of facility installation permit
27 Criteria for issue of facility installation permit
28 Special provisions relating to environmental matters
29 Consultation with the ACCC
30 Facility installation permit has effect subject to this Act
31 Duration of facility installation permit
32 Conditions of facility installation permit
33 Surrender of facility installation permit
34 Cancellation of facility installation permit
35 Review of decisions by Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Division 7—Exemptions from State and Territory laws
36 Activities not generally exempt from State and Territory laws
37 Exemption from State and Territory laws
38 Concurrent operation of State and Territory laws
39 Liability to taxation not affected
Division 8—Miscellaneous
41 Guidelines
42 Compensation
43 Power extends to carrier’s employees etc.
44 State and Territory laws that discriminate against carriers and users of carriage services
45 State and Territory laws may confer powers and immunities on carriers
46 ACA may limit tort liability in relation to the supply of certain carriage services
47 Ownership of facilities
48 ACA may inform the public about designated overhead lines, telecommunications transmission towers and underground facilities
49 Review of options for placing facilities underground
50 Monitoring of progress in relation to placing facilities underground
51 Removal of certain overhead lines
52 Commonwealth laws not displaced
53 Subdivider to pay for necessary alterations
54 Service of notices
55 Facilities installed before 1 January 2001 otherwise than in reliance on Commonwealth laws—environmental impact
Part 2—Transitional provisions
56 Continued application of sections 116, 117, 118 and 119 of the Telecommunications Act 1991—general
57 Continued application of Division 3 of Part 7 of the Telecommunications Act 1991—general
58 Continued application of sections 116, 117, 118 and 119 of the Telecommunications Act 1991—special rule where injunction restrains activity
59 Continued application of Division 3 of Part 7 of the Telecommunications Act 1991—special rule where injunction restrains activity
60 Existing buildings, structures and facilities—application of State and Territory laws
61 Existing buildings, structures and facilities—application of the common law
Schedule 4—Reviewable decisions of the ACA
Part 1—Decisions that may be subject to reconsideration by the ACA
1 Reviewable decisions of the ACA
Part 2—Decisions to which section 556 does not apply
2 Decisions to which section 556 does not apply
4 Application of amendments
5 Application provision—immunity of carriers and carriage service providers
4 Saving of matters in Part 2 of Schedule 1

Telecommunications Act 1997

Act No. 47 of 1997 as amended

This compilation was prepared on 3 March 2005
taking into account amendments up to Act No. 8 of 2005

The text of any of those amendments not in force
on that date is appended in the Notes section

The operation of amendments that have been incorporated may be
affected by application provisions that are set out in the Notes section

Prepared by the Office of Legislative Drafting and Publishing,
Attorney-General’s Department,
Canberra

  

  

  


Contents

Part 1—Introduction                                                                                                              1

1............ Short title [see Note 1]....................................................................... 1

2............ Commencement [see Note 1].............................................................. 1

3............ Objects................................................................................................ 1

4............ Regulatory policy............................................................................... 3

5............ Simplified outline................................................................................ 3

6............ Main index.......................................................................................... 7

7............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 8

7A......... Agency co-ordinator......................................................................... 18

8............ Crown to be bound........................................................................... 18

9............ Extra-territorial application.............................................................. 18

10.......... Extension to external Territories....................................................... 19

11.......... Extension to adjacent areas............................................................... 19

11A....... Application of the Criminal Code.................................................... 20

12.......... Act subject to Radiocommunications Act........................................ 20

13.......... Continuity of partnerships............................................................... 20

14.......... Controlled carriage services, controlled networks and controlled facilities              20

15.......... Content service................................................................................. 22

16.......... Listed carriage services..................................................................... 22

18.......... Access to an emergency call service................................................. 23

19.......... Recognised person who operates an emergency call service............ 23

20.......... Customer cabling.............................................................................. 23

21.......... Customer equipment........................................................................ 24

22.......... Customer cabling and customer equipment—boundary of a telecommunications network    25

23.......... Immediate circle................................................................................ 27

24.......... Extended meaning of use................................................................... 31

Part 2—Network units                                                                                                        32

Division 1—Simplified outline                                                                                32

25.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 32

Division 2—Basic definition                                                                                    33

26.......... Single line links connecting distinct places in Australia.................... 33

27.......... Multiple line links connecting distinct places in Australia............... 33

28.......... Designated radiocommunications facility......................................... 34

29.......... Facilities specified in Ministerial determination............................... 35

Division 3—Related definitions                                                                            36

30.......... Line links.......................................................................................... 36

31.......... Designated radiocommunications facility......................................... 37

32.......... Public mobile telecommunications service........................................ 38

33.......... Intercell hand-over functions............................................................ 39

34.......... When a base station is part of a terrestrial radiocommunications customer access network   40

35.......... Fixed radiocommunications link....................................................... 41

Division 4—Distinct places                                                                                     43

36.......... Distinct places—basic rules............................................................. 43

37.......... Properties......................................................................................... 43

38.......... Combined areas................................................................................. 44

39.......... Principal user of a property............................................................. 45

40.......... Eligible combined areas..................................................................... 45

Part 3—Carriers                                                                                                                    46

Division 1—Simplified outline                                                                                46

41.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 46

Division 2—Prohibitions relating to carriers                                                 47

42.......... Network unit not to be used without carrier licence or nominated carrier declaration            47

43.......... Continuing offences.......................................................................... 48

44.......... Supply to the public......................................................................... 48

45.......... Exemption—defence......................................................................... 50

46.......... Exemption—intelligence operations................................................. 51

47.......... Exemption—transport authorities.................................................... 51

48.......... Exemption—broadcasting services................................................... 52

49.......... Exemption—electricity supply bodies............................................. 54

50.......... Exemption—line links authorised by or under previous laws.......... 55

51.......... Exemption—Ministerial determination............................................ 57

Division 3—Carrier licences                                                                                  58

52.......... Applications for carrier licence......................................................... 58

53.......... Form of application etc.................................................................... 58

53A....... Copy of application to be given to agency co-ordinator.................. 58

54.......... Application to be accompanied by charge........................................ 58

55.......... Further information.......................................................................... 58

56.......... Grant of licence................................................................................. 59

56A....... Consultation with agency co-ordinator............................................ 59

57.......... Carrier licence has effect subject to this Act.................................... 60

58.......... Refusal of carrier licence—disqualified applicant............................. 60

58A....... Refusal of carrier licence—security.................................................. 63

59.......... Time limit on licence decision........................................................... 64

60.......... Notification of refusal of application............................................... 66

61.......... Conditions of carrier licence specified in Schedule 1........................ 66

62.......... Condition of carrier licence set out in section 152AZ of the Trade Practices Act 1974          67

63.......... Conditions of carrier licence declared by Minister........................... 67

64.......... Consultation about declared licence conditions................................ 69

65.......... Conditions about foreign ownership or control................................ 69

67.......... Carrier licence conditions—special provisions................................. 69

68.......... Compliance with conditions............................................................. 70

69.......... Remedial directions—breach of condition........................................ 70

70.......... Formal warnings—breach of condition............................................. 71

71.......... Surrender of carrier licence................................................................ 72

72.......... Cancellation of carrier licence........................................................... 72

73.......... Collection of charges relating to carrier licences............................... 74

73A....... Refund of application charge............................................................ 75

74.......... Collection of charges on behalf of the Commonwealth.................... 76

75.......... Cancellation of certain exemptions from charge............................... 76

76.......... Commonwealth not liable to charge.................................................. 76

Division 4—Nominated carrier declarations                                                  77

77.......... Applications for nominated carrier declarations............................... 77

78.......... Application to be accompanied by charge etc.................................. 77

79.......... Form of application etc.................................................................... 77

80.......... Further information.......................................................................... 77

81.......... Making a nominated carrier declaration............................................ 78

81A....... Obligations of nominated carrier....................................................... 78

82.......... Notification of refusal of application............................................... 79

83.......... Revocation of nominated carrier declaration..................................... 79

Division 5—Register of nominated carrier declarations and carrier licences    81

84.......... Register of nominated carrier declarations and carrier licences......... 81

Part 4—Service providers                                                                                                82

Division 1—Simplified outline                                                                                82

85.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 82

Division 2—Service providers                                                                               83

86.......... Service providers.............................................................................. 83

Division 3—Carriage service providers                                                           84

87.......... Carriage service providers................................................................. 84

88.......... Supply to the public......................................................................... 86

89.......... Exemption from definition—customers located on the same premises 87

90.......... Exemption from definition—defence................................................ 87

91.......... Exemption from definition—intelligence operations........................ 88

92.......... Exemption from definition—transport authorities........................... 88

93.......... Exemption from definition—broadcasting services.......................... 89

94.......... Exemption from definition—electricity supply bodies.................... 90

95.......... Exemption from definition—Ministerial determination................... 90

96.......... Exemption from certain regulatory provisions—Ministerial determination            91

Division 4—Content service providers                                                            92

97.......... Content service providers................................................................. 92

Division 5—Service provider rules                                                                     93

98.......... Service provider rules....................................................................... 93

99.......... Service provider determinations....................................................... 93

100........ Exemptions from service provider rules........................................... 94

101........ Service providers must comply with service provider rules............ 94

102........ Remedial directions—breach of service provider rules..................... 95

103........ Formal warnings—breach of service provider rules......................... 96

Part 5—Monitoring of the performance of carriers and carriage service providers            97

104........ Simplified outline.............................................................................. 97

105........ Monitoring of performance—annual report..................................... 97

105A..... Monitoring of performance—additional report................................ 99

Part 6—Industry codes and industry standards                                                 100

Division 1—Simplified outline                                                                              100

106........ Simplified outline............................................................................ 100

Division 2—Interpretation                                                                                     101

107........ Industry codes................................................................................ 101

108........ Industry standards.......................................................................... 101

108A..... Electronic messaging service provider............................................ 101

108B..... Telecommunications industry........................................................ 102

109........ Telecommunications activity.......................................................... 102

109A..... E-marketing activity....................................................................... 102

110........ Sections of the telecommunications industry................................. 103

110A..... Sections of the e-marketing industry.............................................. 105

111........ Participants in a section of the telecommunications industry........ 105

111A..... Participants in a section of the e-marketing industry..................... 106

111B..... Unsolicited commercial electronic messages................................... 106

Division 3—General principles relating to industry codes and industry standards         107

112........ Statement of regulatory policy....................................................... 107

113........ Examples of matters that may be dealt with by industry codes and industry standards        108

114........ Industry codes and industry standards may confer powers on the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman  110

115........ Industry codes and industry standards not to deal with certain design features and performance requirements    111

116........ Industry codes and industry standards not to deal with matters dealt with by codes and standards under Part 9 of the Broadcasting Services Act.............................................................. 112

116A..... Industry codes and standards do not affect Privacy Act 1988....... 112

Division 4—Industry codes                                                                                   113

117........ Registration of industry codes........................................................ 113

118........ ACA may request codes................................................................. 115

119........ Publication of notice where no body or association represents a section of the telecommunications industry or the e-marketing industry....................................................................... 117

120........ Replacement of industry codes...................................................... 117

121........ Directions about compliance with industry codes......................... 117

122........ Formal warnings—breach of industry codes.................................. 118

122A..... De-registering industry codes and provisions of industry codes... 119

Division 5—Industry standards                                                                           120

123........ ACA may determine an industry standard if a request for an industry code is not complied with        120

124........ ACA may determine industry standard where no industry body or association formed        121

125........ ACA may determine industry standards where industry codes fail 122

126........ Industry standards not to be determined for certain privacy matters 123

127........ Industry standards not to be determined during the first 180 days after commencement       123

128........ Compliance with industry standards.............................................. 123

129........ Formal warnings—breach of industry standards............................ 124

130........ Variation of industry standards...................................................... 124

131........ Revocation of industry standards................................................... 125

132........ Public consultation on industry standards..................................... 125

133........ Consultation with ACCC and the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman     126

134........ Consultation with Privacy Commissioner...................................... 126

135........ Consultation with consumer body................................................. 127

Division 6—Register of industry codes and industry standards        128

136........ ACA to maintain Register of industry codes and industry standards 128

Division 7—Miscellaneous                                                                                    129

137........ Protection from civil proceedings................................................... 129

138........ Implied freedom of political communication.................................. 129

Part 13—Protection of communications                                                                 130

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                        130

270........ Simplified outline............................................................................ 130

271........ Eligible person................................................................................ 131

272........ Number-database operator and eligible number-database person... 131

273........ Information..................................................................................... 131

274........ Telecommunications contractor...................................................... 131

275........ Number-database contractor........................................................... 132

Division 2—Primary disclosure/use offences                                              133

276........ Primary disclosure/use offence—eligible persons.......................... 133

277........ Primary disclosure/use offence—eligible number-database persons 135

278........ Primary disclosure/use offence—emergency call persons.............. 136

Division 3—Exceptions to primary disclosure/use offences               138

Subdivision A—Exceptions                                                                                    138

279........ Performance of person’s duties...................................................... 138

280........ Authorisation by or under law....................................................... 139

281........ Witnesses........................................................................................ 139

282........ Law enforcement and protection of public revenue....................... 139

283........ ASIO............................................................................................... 144

284........ Assisting the ACA, the ACCC or the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman               144

285........ Integrated public number database................................................. 145

286........ Calls to emergency service number................................................. 146

287........ Threat to person’s life or health..................................................... 147

288........ Communications for maritime purposes........................................ 147

289........ Knowledge or consent of person concerned................................... 147

290........ Implicit consent of sender and recipient of communication........... 148

291........ Business needs of other carriers or service providers..................... 148

292........ Circumstances prescribed in the regulations................................... 150

293........ Uses connected with exempt disclosures....................................... 150

294........ Generality of Subdivision not limited............................................. 151

Subdivision B—Burden of proof                                                                           151

295........ Burden of proof.............................................................................. 151

Division 4—Secondary disclosure/use offences                                         152

296........ Performance of person’s duties...................................................... 152

297........ Authorisation by or under law....................................................... 152

298........ Law enforcement and protection of public revenue....................... 152

299........ Assisting the ACA, the ACCC or the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman               153

300........ Threat to person’s life or health..................................................... 153

301........ Communications for maritime purposes........................................ 154

302........ Business needs of other carriers or service providers..................... 154

303........ Secondary offence—contravening this Division............................. 155

303A..... Generality of Division not limited.................................................. 155

Division 4A—Relationship with the Privacy Act 1988                           156

303B..... Acts taken to be authorised by law for purposes of Privacy Act.. 156

303C..... Prosecution of an offence against this Part does not affect proceedings under the Privacy Act 1988     156

Division 5—Record-keeping requirements                                                 157

304........ Associate........................................................................................ 157

305........ Certificates issued by authorised officers of enforcement agencies 157

306........ Record of disclosures...................................................................... 158

307........ Incorrect records............................................................................. 159

308........ Annual reports to the ACA by carriers, carriage service providers or number-database operators        159

309........ Monitoring by the Privacy Commissioner..................................... 160

Division 6—Instrument-making powers not limited                                161

310........ Instrument-making powers not limited.......................................... 161

Part 14—National interest matters                                                                           162

311........ Simplified outline............................................................................ 162

312........ ACA’s obligations.......................................................................... 162

313........ Obligations of carriers and carriage service providers..................... 163

314........ Terms and conditions on which help is to be given........................ 165

314A..... Delivery points............................................................................... 166

315........ Suspension of supply of carriage service in an emergency............. 168

316........ Generality of Part not limited......................................................... 170

Part 15—Co-operation with agencies                                                                      171

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                        171

317........ Simplified outline............................................................................ 171

318........ Definition........................................................................................ 172

319........ Meaning of interception.................................................................. 172

320........ Meaning of interception capability, special assistance capability and agency specific delivery capability            172

Division 2—Obligations concerning interception and special assistance capabilities and exemption from those obligations                                                                               174

Subdivision A—Introduction                                                                                 174

321........ Purpose of Division........................................................................ 174

Subdivision B—Obligations                                                                                  174

322........ Attorney-General may make determinations................................. 174

323........ Obligations of persons covered by a determination....................... 176

324........ Obligations of persons not covered by a determination in relation to particular carriage service            176

Subdivision C—Exemptions                                                                                   177

325........ The Minister may grant exemption................................................ 177

326........ The agency co-ordinator may grant exemption.............................. 177

327........ ACA may grant exemption when authorising trial services........... 178

Division 3—Interception capability plans                                                      179

328........ Purpose of Division........................................................................ 179

329........ Nature of an interception capability plan....................................... 179

330........ Carriers’ obligations in relation to IC plans.................................... 180

331........ Nominated carriage service providers’ obligations in relation to IC plans               180

332........ Lodgment of IC plans..................................................................... 181

332A..... Commencement of IC plans........................................................... 181

332B..... Compliance with IC plans and amended IC plans.......................... 182

332C..... Consideration of IC plans............................................................... 182

332D..... Consequences of changed business plans....................................... 184

Division 4—Requirement arising from proposed technological changes             185

332E...... Purpose of Division........................................................................ 185

332F...... Carrier or provider to notify impending technological change........ 185

332G..... ACA to give agencies a reasonable opportunity to consult on new technology     186

332H..... Extensions to consultation periods................................................. 187

332J...... Delivery requirements arising from implementation of new or altered technology 187

Division 5—Allocation of costs in relation to interception, special assistance, and agency specific delivery capabilities                                                                         189

332K..... Purpose of Division........................................................................ 189

332L...... Distribution of the costs of interception, special assistance, and agency specific delivery capabilities 189

332M.... Exception to the cost distribution set out in section 332L............. 190

332N..... Working out costs of agency specific delivery capabilities............ 190

332P...... Examination of lower cost options................................................. 192

332Q..... ACA may require independent audit of costs................................ 192

Division 6—Review of cost-effectiveness of interception                    194

332R..... Minister to conduct review etc....................................................... 194

Part 16—Defence requirements and disaster plans                                        195

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                        195

333........ Simplified outline............................................................................ 195

334........ Defence authority........................................................................... 195

Division 2—Supply of carriage services                                                         196

335........ Requirement to supply carriage services for defence purposes or for the management of natural disasters           196

Division 3—Defence planning                                                                              198

336........ Definitions...................................................................................... 198

337........ Preparation of draft agreement....................................................... 198

338........ ACA’s certification of draft agreement.......................................... 199

339........ Requirement to enter into certified agreement................................ 200

340........ Compliance with agreement............................................................ 200

341........ Withdrawal of certification of agreement........................................ 200

342........ Duration of agreement.................................................................... 201

343........ Variation of agreement.................................................................... 201

Division 4—Disaster plans                                                                                    202

344........ Designated disaster plans............................................................... 202

345........ Carrier licence conditions about designated disaster plans............. 202

346........ Service provider determinations about designated disaster plans... 202

346A..... Carrier and carriage service provider immunity.............................. 202

Division 5—Delegation                                                                                            203

347........ Delegation....................................................................................... 203

Part 17—Pre-selection in favour of carriage service providers               204

348........ Simplified outline............................................................................ 204

349........ Requirement to provide pre-selection............................................ 204

350........ When pre-selection is provided in favour of a carriage service provider 205

350A..... Declared carriage services............................................................... 206

351........ Pre-selection to be provided........................................................... 207

352........ Exemptions from requirement to provide pre-selection................. 208

353........ Use of over-ride dial codes............................................................. 208

Part 18—Calling line identification                                                                           210

354........ Simplified outline............................................................................ 210

355........ Calling line identification................................................................ 210

356........ Exemptions from calling line identification requirement................. 211

Part 19—Advanced Mobile Phone System (AMPS)                                       212

357........ Simplified outline............................................................................ 212

358........ Meaning of AMPS........................................................................... 212

359........ Scope of Part.................................................................................. 212

360........ No new AMPS............................................................................... 212

361........ AMPS to be phased out................................................................. 212

362........ Limited exemption from phase-out of AMPS................................ 213

363........ Competition not to be reduced....................................................... 214

Part 20—International aspects of activities of the telecommunications industry   215

Division 1—Simplified outline                                                                              215

364........ Simplified outline............................................................................ 215

Division 2—Compliance with international agreements                        216

365........ INTELSAT and Inmarsat—directions to Signatories..................... 216

366........ Compliance with conventions........................................................ 216

Division 3—Rules of conduct about dealings with international telecommunications operators             218

367........ Rules of conduct about dealings with international telecommunications operators                218

368........ ACCC to administer Rules of Conduct.......................................... 220

369........ Rules of Conduct to bind carriers and carriage service providers... 220

370........ Unenforceability of agreements...................................................... 221

371........ Investigations by the ACCC.......................................................... 221

372........ Reviews of the operation of this Division...................................... 222

Part 21—Technical regulation                                                                                     223

Division 1—Simplified outline                                                                              223

373........ Simplified outline............................................................................ 223

Division 2—Interpretative provisions                                                             225

374........ Part applies to networks or facilities in Australia operated by carriers or carriage service providers     225

375........ Manager of network or facility....................................................... 225

Division 3—Technical standards about customer equipment and customer cabling      226

376........ ACA’s power to make technical standards.................................... 226

377........ Adoption of voluntary standards................................................... 227

378........ Procedures for making technical standards..................................... 227

379........ Making technical standards in cases of urgency............................. 228

Division 4—Disability standards                                                                         230

380........ Disability standards........................................................................ 230

381........ Adoption of voluntary standards................................................... 231

382........ Procedures for making disability standards.................................... 231

383........ Effect of compliance with disability standards.............................. 232

Division 5—Technical standards about the interconnection of facilities               233

384........ ACA’s power to make technical standards.................................... 233

385........ Adoption of voluntary standards................................................... 234

386........ Procedures for making technical standards..................................... 234

387........ Procedures for making technical standards..................................... 235

388........ Provision of access......................................................................... 236

389........ Promotion of the long-term interests of end-users of carriage services and of services supplied by means of carriage services........................................................................................... 236

Division 6—Connection permits and connection rules                          237

Subdivision A—Connection permits authorising the connection of non-standard customer equipment and non-standard cabling                                                                                          237

390........ Application for connection permit................................................. 237

391........ Form of application........................................................................ 237

392........ Application to be accompanied by charge...................................... 238

393........ Further information........................................................................ 238

394........ Issue of connection permits............................................................ 238

395........ Connection permit has effect subject to this Act........................... 239

396........ Nominees of holder......................................................................... 239

397........ Duration of connection permits...................................................... 239

398........ Conditions of connection permits.................................................. 240

399........ Offence of contravening condition.................................................. 240

400........ Formal warnings—breach of condition........................................... 241

401........ Surrender of connection permit...................................................... 241

402........ Cancellation of connection permit.................................................. 241

403........ Register of connection permits....................................................... 242

Subdivision B—Connection rules                                                                        242

404........ Connection rules............................................................................. 242

405........ Procedures for making connection rules......................................... 243

Division 7—Labelling of customer equipment and customer cabling 245

406........ Application of labels...................................................................... 245

406A..... Application of Division to agent of manufacturer or importer...... 245

407........ Labelling requirements.................................................................... 245

408........ Requirements to apply labels—ancillary matters.......................... 246

409........ Recognised testing authorities and competent bodies.................... 247

410........ Certification bodies......................................................................... 248

411........ Connection of customer equipment or customer cabling—breach of section 376 standards   248

412........ Connection of labelled customer equipment or customer cabling not to be refused                250

413........ Supply of unlabelled customer equipment or unlabelled customer cabling             251

414........ Applying labels before satisfying requirements under subsection 408(5)               252

415........ Failure to retain records etc............................................................ 253

416........ Application of labels containing false statements about compliance with standards              253

Division 8—Protected symbols                                                                           255

417........ Protected symbols.......................................................................... 255

Division 9—Cabling providers                                                                            259

418........ Cabling work................................................................................... 259

419........ Types of cabling work.................................................................... 259

420........ Prohibition of unauthorised cabling work....................................... 259

421........ Cabling provider rules..................................................................... 260

422........ Procedures for making cabling provider rules................................. 260

423........ Application for cabling licence....................................................... 261

424........ Form of application........................................................................ 262

425........ Application to be accompanied by charge...................................... 262

426........ Further information........................................................................ 262

427........ Grant of cabling licence................................................................... 262

428........ Time limit on licence decision......................................................... 263

429........ Notification of refusal of application............................................. 263

430........ Cabling licence has effect subject to this Act................................. 263

431........ Duration of cabling licence.............................................................. 264

432........ Conditions of cabling licence.......................................................... 264

433........ Procedures for changing licence conditions..................................... 264

434........ Offence in relation to contravening condition................................. 265

435........ Formal warnings—breach of condition........................................... 266

436........ Surrender of cabling licence............................................................. 266

437........ Suspension of cabling licence.......................................................... 266

438........ Cancellation of cabling licence........................................................ 267

439........ ACA may limit application of Division in relation to customer cabling 267

440........ Ministerial directions...................................................................... 268

441........ Delegation....................................................................................... 268

442........ Register of cabling licences............................................................. 268

Division 10—Remedies for unauthorised connections to telecommunications networks etc. 270

443........ Civil action for unauthorised connections to telecommunications networks etc.    270

444........ Remedy for contravention of labelling requirements...................... 271

445........ Remedies for connection of unlabelled customer equipment or unlabelled customer cabling  272

446........ Disconnection of dangerous customer equipment or customer cabling 274

447........ Disconnection of customer equipment or customer cabling—protection of the integrity of networks and facilities........................................................................................................ 275

448........ Civil action for dangerous connections to telecommunications networks etc.         276

449........ Other remedies not affected............................................................ 277

Division 11—Prohibited customer equipment and prohibited customer cabling             278

450........ Declaration of prohibited customer equipment or prohibited customer cabling      278

451........ Consultation on proposed declaration............................................ 279

452........ Operation of prohibited customer equipment or customer cabling 279

Division 12—Pre-commencement labels                                                       280

453........ Pre-commencement labels............................................................... 280

Division 13—Penalties payable instead of prosecution                          281

453A..... Penalties payable instead of prosecution....................................... 281

Part 22—Numbering of carriage services and regulation of electronic addressing              282

Division 1—Simplified outline                                                                              282

454........ Simplified outline............................................................................ 282

Division 2—Numbering of carriage services                                               283

Subdivision A—Numbering plan                                                                          283

455........ Numbering plan.............................................................................. 283

456........ Numbering plan—supply to the public......................................... 284

457........ Numbering plan—allocation otherwise than in accordance with an allocation system           285

458........ Numbering plan—rules about portability of allocated numbers.... 285

459........ ACA to administer numbering plan................................................ 286

460........ Consultation about numbering plan................................................ 286

461........ Consultation with ACCC............................................................... 287

462........ Compliance with the numbering plan............................................. 288

Subdivision B—Allocation system for numbers                                                289

463........ Allocation system for numbers...................................................... 289

464........ Consultation about an allocation system........................................ 290

Subdivision C—Miscellaneous                                                                             291

465........ Register of allocated numbers......................................................... 291

466........ Emergency service numbers............................................................ 292

467........ Delegation....................................................................................... 293

468........ Collection of numbering charges..................................................... 293

469........ Collection of charges on behalf of the Commonwealth.................. 295

470........ Cancellation of certain exemptions from charge............................. 295

471........ Commonwealth not liable to charge................................................ 295

472........ Integrated public number database................................................. 296

473........ Letters and symbols taken to be numbers...................................... 297

Division 3—Regulation of electronic addressing                                      298

474........ Declared manager of electronic addressing...................................... 298

475........ ACA may give directions to declared manager of electronic addressing  298

476........ ACCC may give directions to declared manager of electronic addressing                299

477........ ACCC’s directions to prevail over the ACA’s directions.............. 300

Part 23—Standard agreements for the supply of carriage services      301

478........ Simplified outline............................................................................ 301

479........ Standard terms and conditions apply unless excluded................... 301

480........ Standard form of agreement to be publicly available...................... 302

480A..... Other information to be publicly available..................................... 303

481........ Standard form of agreement to be given to the ACA...................... 304

482........ Concurrent operation of State/Territory laws................................ 304

483........ Trade Practices Act not affected by this Part................................ 304

Part 24—Carriers’ powers and immunities                                                          305

484........ Schedule 3....................................................................................... 305

Part 25—Public inquiries                                                                                                 306

Division 1—Simplified outline                                                                              306

485........ Simplified outline............................................................................ 306

Division 2—Inquiries by the ACA                                                                     307

486........ When inquiry must be held............................................................. 307

487........ When inquiry may be held.............................................................. 307

488........ Informing the public about an inquiry............................................ 308

489........ Discussion paper............................................................................ 308

490........ Written submissions and protection from civil actions.................. 309

491........ Hearings.......................................................................................... 309

492........ Hearing to be in public except in exceptional cases........................ 310

493........ Confidential material not to be published....................................... 310

494........ Direction about private hearings..................................................... 311

495........ Reports on inquiries....................................................................... 312

Division 3—Inquiries by the ACCC                                                                 314

496........ When inquiry must be held............................................................. 314

497........ When inquiry may be held.............................................................. 314

498........ Informing the public about an inquiry............................................ 314

499........ Discussion paper............................................................................ 315

500........ Written submissions and protection from civil actions.................. 315

501........ Hearings.......................................................................................... 316

502........ Hearing to be in public except in exceptional cases........................ 316

503........ Confidential material not to be published....................................... 317

504........ Direction about private hearings..................................................... 318

505........ Reports on inquiries....................................................................... 319

506........ ACCC’s other powers not limited................................................. 319

Part 26—Investigations                                                                                                   320

507........ Simplified outline............................................................................ 320

508........ Matters to which this Part applies................................................. 320

509........ Complaints to the ACA................................................................. 321

510........ Investigations by the ACA............................................................. 321

511........ Preliminary inquiries....................................................................... 322

512........ Conduct of investigations............................................................... 322

513........ Complainant and certain other persons to be informed of various matters             323

514........ Reference of matters to Ombudsman or other responsible person 323

515........ Reference of matters to the ACCC................................................. 325

516........ Reports on investigations............................................................... 326

517........ Publication of reports..................................................................... 326

518........ Person adversely affected by report to be given opportunity to comment             327

519........ Protection from civil actions........................................................... 327

Part 27—The ACA’s information-gathering powers                                       329

Division 1—Simplified outline                                                                              329

520........ Simplified outline............................................................................ 329

Division 2—Information-gathering powers                                                   330

521........ The ACA may obtain information and documents from carriers and service providers         330

522........ The ACA may obtain information and documents from other persons  331

523........ Copying documents—reasonable compensation............................ 333

524........ Self-incrimination............................................................................ 333

525........ Giving false or misleading information or evidence........................ 334

527........ Copies of documents...................................................................... 334

528........ ACA may retain documents........................................................... 334

Division 3—Record-keeping rules                                                                    335

529........ ACA may make record-keeping rules............................................. 335

530........ Compliance with record-keeping rules........................................... 335

531........ Incorrect records............................................................................. 336

Part 28—Enforcement                                                                                                      337

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                        337

532........ Simplified outline............................................................................ 337

532A..... References to the Spam Act 2003................................................... 338

Division 2—Inspectors and identity cards                                                    339

533........ Inspectors....................................................................................... 339

534........ Identity cards.................................................................................. 340

Division 3—Search warrants relating to breaches of the Spam Act 2003 or Part 21 of this Act              341

535........ Magistrate may issue warrant........................................................ 341

536........ Reasonable grounds for issuing warrant etc.................................... 342

537........ Contents of warrant........................................................................ 342

538........ Warrants may be issued by telephone etc...................................... 342

539........ Provisions relating to issue of warrant by telephone etc................ 342

540........ Proceedings involving warrant issued by telephone etc................. 344

Division 4—Searches and seizures relating to breaches of the Spam Act 2003 or Part 21 of this Act 345

541........ When is a thing connected with an offence?................................... 345

541A..... When is a thing connected with a breach of the Spam Act 2003?... 345

542........ Searches and seizures...................................................................... 345

543........ Production of identity card etc....................................................... 346

544........ Evidence of commission of other offences against Part 21 of this Act or other breaches of the Spam Act 2003    347

545........ Emergency entry, search and seizure.............................................. 348

546........ Retention of things seized.............................................................. 349