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Act No. 53 of 1997 as amended, taking into account amendments up to Act No. 111 of 2009
An Act to impose a levy in connection with ensuring that standard telephone services, payphones and prescribed carriage services are reasonably accessible to all people in Australia
Administered by: Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
Registered 20 Nov 2009
Start Date 17 Nov 2009
End Date 30 Jun 2012
Date of repeal 01 Jul 2015
Repealed by Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Deregulation) Act 2015

Telecommunications (Universal Service Levy) Act 1997

Act No. 53 of 1997 as amended

This compilation was prepared on 20 November 2009
taking into account amendments up to Act No. 111 of 2009

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

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

2............ Commencement.................................................................................. 1

3............ Act to bind Crown.............................................................................. 1

4............ Extension to external Territories......................................................... 1

5............ Definition............................................................................................ 1

6............ Imposition of levy.............................................................................. 1

7............ Amount of levy.................................................................................. 2

8............ Participating person liable to pay levy............................................... 2

Notes                                                                                                                                              3


An Act to impose a levy in connection with ensuring that standard telephone services, payphones and prescribed carriage services are reasonably accessible to all people in Australia

 

 

1  Short title [see Note 1]

                   This Act may be cited as the Telecommunications (Universal Service Levy) Act 1997.

2  Commencement

                   This Act commences on 1 July 1997.

3  Act to bind Crown

                   This Act binds the Crown in right of each of the States, of the Australian Capital Territory, of the Northern Territory and of Norfolk Island.

4  Extension to external Territories

                   This Act extends to each external Territory referred to in  section 8B of the Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999.

5  Definition

                   In this Act:

participating person has the same meaning as in Part 2 of the Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999.

 6  Imposition of levy

                   If a participating person has a levy debit balance for a claim period because of section 20S of the Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999, levy is imposed on that balance.

 7  Amount of levy

                   The amount of a levy that this Act imposes on a levy debit balance for a claim period is equal to that balance.

8  Participating person liable to pay levy

                   Levy imposed on a participating person’s levy debit balance for a claim period is payable by the participating person.


Notes to the Telecommunications (Universal Service Levy) Act 1997

Note 1

The Telecommunications (Universal Service Levy) Act 1997 as shown in this compilation comprises Act No. 53, 1997 amended as indicated in the Tables below.

For all relevant information pertaining to application, saving or transitional provisions see Table A.

Table of Acts

Act

Number
and year

Date
of Assent

Date of commencement

Application, saving or transitional provisions

Telecommunications (Universal Service Levy) Act 1997

53, 1997

24 Apr 1997

1 July 1997

 

Telecommunications (Universal Service Levy) Amendment Act 1999

51, 1999

5 July 1999

1 July 1999

Sch. 1 (item 5)

Telecommunications (Universal Service Levy) Amendment Act 2000

131, 2000

13 Nov 2000

(a)

Sch. 1 (item 6)

Statute Stocktake (Regulatory and Other Laws) Act 2009

111, 2009

16 Nov 2009

Schedule 1 (item 103): 17 Nov 2009


(a)     Section 2 of the Telecommunications (Universal Service Levy) Amendment Act 2000 provides as follows:

                    2   This Act commences, or is taken to have commenced, immediately after the commencement of Schedule 1 to the Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Amendment Act (No. 2) 2000.

         Schedule 1 commenced on 1 July 2000.


Table of Amendments

ad. = added or inserted   am. = amended   rep. = repealed    rs. = repealed and substituted

Provision affected

How affected

Title .....................................

am. No. 51, 1999; No. 111, 2009

S. 4......................................

am. No. 51, 1999; No. 131, 2000

S. 5......................................

am. No. 51, 1999; No. 131, 2000

S. 6......................................

am. No. 51, 1999

 

rs. No. 131, 2000

S. 7......................................

am. No. 131, 2000

S. 8......................................

rs. No. 131, 2000


Table A

Telecommunications (Universal Service Levy) Amendment Act 1999
(No. 51, 1999)

Schedule 1

5  Application

Despite:

                     (a)  the amendments made by this Schedule; and

                     (b)  the repeal of Part 7 of the Telecommunications Act 1997 by the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment Act 1999;

the Telecommunications (Universal Service Levy) Act 1997 continues to apply, after the commencement of this item, in relation to levy for a financial year that ended on or before 30 June 1999, as if those amendments had not been made and that repeal had not happened.

 

Telecommunications (Universal Service Levy) Amendment Act 2000 (No. 131, 2000)

Schedule 1

6  Application

Despite the amendments made by this Schedule, the Telecommunications (Universal Service Levy) Act 1997 continues to apply, after the commencement of this item, in relation to levy for a financial year that ended on or before 30 June 2000, as if those amendments had not been made.