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A Bill for an Act to amend legislation relating to telecommunications, and for other purposes
Administered by: Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
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Registered 11 May 2010
Introduced HR 18 Mar 2010

2008‑2009‑2010

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Fibre Deployment) Bill 2010

 

No.      , 2010

 

(Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend legislation relating to telecommunications, and for other purposes

  

  


Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................ 1

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

3............ Schedule(s).......................................................................................... 2

Schedule 1—Amendments                                                                                                 3

Part 1—General amendments                                                                                       3

Telecommunications Act 1997                                                                                  3

Trade Practices Act 1974                                                                                         18

Part 2—Consequential amendment relating to civil penalty provisions       19

Telecommunications Act 1997                                                                                19

 


A Bill for an Act to amend legislation relating to telecommunications, and for other purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1  Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Fibre Deployment) Act 2010.

2  Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provision(s)

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  Sections 1 to 3 and anything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

2.  Schedule 1, Part 1

1 July 2010.

1 July 2010

3.  Schedule 1, Part 2

1 July 2010.

However, if Part 8 of Schedule 1 to the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer Safeguards) Act 2010 commences on or before that day, the provision(s) do not commence at all.

 

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally passed by both Houses of the Parliament and assented to. It will not be expanded to deal with provisions inserted in this Act after assent.

             (2)  Column 3 of the table contains additional information that is not part of this Act. Information in this column may be added to or edited in any published version of this Act.

3  Schedule(s)

                   Each Act that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.


 

Schedule 1Amendments

Part 1General amendments

Telecommunications Act 1997

1  Section 7

Insert:

building lot has the meaning given by section 372D.

2  Section 7

Insert:

building unit has the meaning given by section 372F.

2A  Section 7

Insert:

fibre‑ready facility has the meaning given by section 372HB.

2B  Section 7

Insert:

fixed‑line facility has the meaning given by section 372HA.

3  Section 7

Insert:

optical fibre line means a line that consists of, or encloses, optical fibre.

4  Section 7

Insert:

project area for a real estate development project has the meaning given by section 372D.

5  Section 7

Insert:

real estate development project has the meaning given by section 372D.

6  Section 7

Insert:

sell:

                     (a)  when used in relation to a building lot—has the meaning given by section 372G; or

                     (b)  when used in relation to a building unit—has the meaning given by section 372H.

7  Section 7

Insert:

subdivision of an area of land has a meaning affected by section 372E.

8  At the end of subsection 110(2)

Add:

                    ; (j)  persons who install:

                              (i)  optical fibre lines; or

                             (ii)  facilities used, or for use, in or in connection with optical fibre lines;

                            in the project area, or any of the project areas, for a real estate development project to which section 372B or 372C applies.

8A  After paragraph 113(3)(p)

Insert:

                    (pa)  the design features of:

                              (i)  optical fibre lines; or

                             (ii)  facilities used, or for use, in or in connection with optical fibre lines;

                            in the project area, or any of the project areas, for a real estate development project to which section 372B or 372C applies;

                    (pb)  performance requirements to be met by:

                              (i)  optical fibre lines; or

                             (ii)  facilities used, or for use, in or in connection with optical fibre lines;

                            in the project area, or any of the project areas, for a real estate development project to which section 372B or 372C applies;

                    (pc)  the characteristics of carriage services supplied using optical fibre lines;

                    (pd)  performance requirements to be met by carriage services supplied using optical fibre lines;

9  At the end of section 115

Add:

             (5)  The rule in subsection (1) does not apply to an industry code or an industry standard to the extent (if any) to which compliance with the code or standard is likely to have the effect (whether direct or indirect) of requiring:

                     (a)  optical fibre lines; or

                     (b)  facilities used, or for use, in or in connection with optical fibre lines;

in the project area, or any of the project areas, for a real estate development project to which section 372B or 372C applies:

                     (c)  to have particular design features; or

                     (d)  to meet particular performance requirements.

9A  After subsection 118(4)

Insert:

       (4AA)  The rule in subsection (4) does not apply to a code to the extent (if any) to which compliance with the code is likely to have the effect (whether direct or indirect) of requiring:

                     (a)  optical fibre lines; or

                     (b)  facilities used, or for use, in or in connection with optical fibre lines;

in the project area, or any of the project areas, for a real estate development project to which section 372B or 372C applies:

                     (c)  to have particular design features; or

                     (d)  to meet particular performance requirements.

10  After Part 20

Insert:

Part 20ADeployment of optical fibre etc.

Division 1Simplified outline

372A  Simplified outline

                   The following is a simplified outline of this Part:

•      If a real estate development project is specified in a legislative instrument made by the Minister, a person must not install a line in the project area unless the line is an optical fibre line.

•      If a real estate development project is specified in a legislative instrument made by the Minister, a person must not install or construct a fixed‑line facility in the project area unless the facility is a fibre‑ready facility.

•      These rules are subject to any exemptions specified in a legislative instrument made by the Minister.

Division 2Deployment of optical fibre

372B  Deployment of optical fibre lines to building lots

Scope

             (1)  This section applies to the installation of a line in the project area, or any of the project areas, for a real estate development project if:

                     (a)  the project involves the subdivision of one or more areas of land into building lots; and

                     (b)  the project is specified in, or ascertained in accordance with, a legislative instrument made by the Minister; and

                     (c)  the line is wholly or primarily used, or wholly or primarily for use, to supply one or more carriage services to either or both of the following:

                              (i)  one or more end‑users in one or more building units;

                             (ii)  one or more prospective end‑users in one or more building units; and

                     (d)  those building units have been, are being, are to be, or may be, constructed on any of those building lots; and

                     (e)  the line is not on the customer side of the boundary of a telecommunications network; and

                      (f)  the line is used, or for use, to supply a carriage service to the public; and

                     (g)  the installation occurs after the commencement of this section.

Note 1:       For real estate development project, see section 372D.

Note 2:       For subdivision of an area of land, see section 372E.

Note 3:       For building lot, see section 372D.

Note 4:       For specification by class, see subsection 13(3) of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003.

Note 5:       For building unit, see section 372F.

Note 6:       For boundary of a telecommunications network, see section 22.

Note 7:       For supply to the public, see section 372J.

Requirement

             (2)  A person must not install a line in the project area, or any of the project areas, for a real estate development project, unless:

                     (a)  the line is an optical fibre line; and

                     (b)  the conditions (if any) specified in an instrument under subsection (4) are satisfied.

Ancillary provisions

             (3)  For the purposes of paragraph (1)(c), it is immaterial whether the end‑users or prospective end‑users are capable of being identified.

Conditions

             (4)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, specify conditions for the purposes of paragraph (2)(b).

Exemption

             (5)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, exempt:

                     (a)  conduct specified in the instrument; or

                     (b)  conduct ascertained in accordance with the instrument;

from the scope of subsection (1).

             (6)  An exemption under subsection (5) may be unconditional or subject to such conditions (if any) as are specified in the exemption.

Functions and powers

             (7)  An instrument under paragraph (1)(b) or subsection (5) may confer functions or powers on the ACMA.

Ancillary contraventions

             (8)  A person must not:

                     (a)  aid, abet, counsel or procure a contravention of subsection (2); or

                     (b)  induce, whether by threats or promises or otherwise, a contravention of subsection (2); or

                     (c)  be in any way, directly or indirectly, knowingly concerned in, or party to, a contravention of subsection (2); or

                     (d)  conspire with others to effect a contravention of subsection (2).

Civil penalty provisions

             (9)  Subsections (2) and (8) are civil penalty provisions.

Note:          Part 31 provides for pecuniary penalties for breaches of civil penalty provisions.

372C  Deployment of optical fibre lines to building units

Scope

             (1)  This section applies to the installation of a line in the project area, or any of the project areas, for a real estate development project if:

                     (a)  the project involves the construction of one or more building units on one or more areas of land; and

                     (b)  the project is specified in, or ascertained in accordance with, a legislative instrument made by the Minister; and

                     (c)  the line is wholly or primarily used, or wholly or primarily for use, to supply one or more carriage services to either or both of the following:

                              (i)  one or more end‑users in those building units;

                             (ii)  one or more prospective end‑users in those building units; and

                     (d)  the line is not on the customer side of the boundary of a telecommunications network; and

                     (e)  the line is used, or for use, to supply a carriage service to the public; and

                      (f)  the installation occurs after the commencement of this section.

Note 1:       For real estate development project, see section 372D.

Note 2:       For building unit, see section 372F.

Note 3:       For specification by class, see subsection 13(3) of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003.

Note 4:       For boundary of a telecommunications network, see section 22.

Note 5:       For supply to the public, see section 372J.

Requirement

             (2)  A person must not install a line in the project area, or any of the project areas, for a real estate development project, unless:

                     (a)  the line is an optical fibre line; and

                     (b)  the conditions (if any) specified in an instrument under subsection (4) are satisfied.

Ancillary provisions

             (3)  For the purposes of paragraph (1)(c), it is immaterial whether the end‑users or prospective end‑users are capable of being identified.

Conditions

             (4)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, specify conditions for the purposes of paragraph (2)(b).

Exemption

             (5)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, exempt:

                     (a)  conduct specified in the instrument; or

                     (b)  conduct ascertained in accordance with the instrument;

from the scope of subsection (1).

             (6)  An exemption under subsection (5) may be unconditional or subject to such conditions (if any) as are specified in the exemption.

Functions and powers

             (7)  An instrument under paragraph (1)(b) or subsection (5) may confer functions or powers on the ACMA.

Ancillary contraventions

             (8)  A person must not:

                     (a)  aid, abet, counsel or procure a contravention of subsection (2); or

                     (b)  induce, whether by threats or promises or otherwise, a contravention of subsection (2); or

                     (c)  be in any way, directly or indirectly, knowingly concerned in, or party to, a contravention of subsection (2); or

                     (d)  conspire with others to effect a contravention of subsection (2).

Civil penalty provisions

             (9)  Subsections (2) and (8) are civil penalty provisions.

Note:          Part 31 provides for pecuniary penalties for breaches of civil penalty provisions.

Division 3Installation of fibre‑ready facilities

372CA  Installation of fibre‑ready facilities—building lots

Scope

             (1)  This section applies to the installation of a fixed‑line facility in the project area, or any of the project areas, for a real estate development project if:

                     (a)  the project involves the subdivision of one or more areas of land into building lots; and

                     (b)  the project is specified in, or ascertained in accordance with, a legislative instrument made by the Minister; and

                     (c)  the installation occurs after the commencement of this section.

Note 1:       For fixed‑line facility, see section 372HA.

Note 2:       For real estate development project, see section 372D.

Note 3:       For subdivision of an area of land, see section 372E.

Note 4:       For building lot, see section 372D.

Note 5:       For specification by class, see subsection 13(3) of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003.

Requirement

             (2)  A person must not install a fixed‑line facility in the project area, or any of the project areas, for a real estate development project, unless:

                     (a)  the facility is a fibre‑ready facility; and

                     (b)  the conditions (if any) specified in an instrument under subsection (3) are satisfied.

Note:          For fibre‑ready facility, see section 372HB.

             (3)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, specify conditions for the purposes of paragraph (2)(b).

Third party access regime

             (4)  The regulations may establish a regime for third party access to a fixed‑line facility installed in the project area, or any of the project areas, for a real estate development project.

Exemption

             (5)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, exempt:

                     (a)  conduct specified in the instrument; or

                     (b)  conduct ascertained in accordance with the instrument;

from the scope of subsection (1).

             (6)  An exemption under subsection (5) may be unconditional or subject to such conditions (if any) as are specified in the exemption.

Functions and powers

             (7)  An instrument under paragraph (1)(b) or subsection (5) may confer functions or powers on the ACMA.

             (8)  Regulations made for the purposes of subsection (4) may confer functions or powers on the ACCC.

Jurisdiction of courts

             (9)  Regulations made for the purposes of subsection (4) may confer jurisdiction on a court.

Ancillary contraventions

           (10)  A person must not:

                     (a)  aid, abet, counsel or procure a contravention of subsection (2); or

                     (b)  induce, whether by threats or promises or otherwise, a contravention of subsection (2); or

                     (c)  be in any way, directly or indirectly, knowingly concerned in, or party to, a contravention of subsection (2); or

                     (d)  conspire with others to effect a contravention of subsection (2).

Civil penalty provisions

           (11)  Subsections (2) and (10) are civil penalty provisions.

Note:          Part 31 provides for pecuniary penalties for breaches of civil penalty provisions.

372CB  Installation of fibre‑ready facilities—building units

Scope

             (1)  This section applies to the installation of a fixed‑line facility in the project area, or any of the project areas, for a real estate development project if:

                     (a)  the project involves the construction of one or more building units on one or more areas of land; and

                     (b)  the project is specified in, or ascertained in accordance with, a legislative instrument made by the Minister; and

                     (c)  the installation occurs after the commencement of this section.

Note 1:       For fixed‑line facility, see section 372HA.

Note 2:       For real estate development project, see section 372D.

Note 3:       For building unit, see section 372F.

Note 4:       For specification by class, see subsection 13(3) of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003.

Requirement

             (2)  A person must not install a fixed‑line facility in the project area, or any of the project areas, for a real estate development project, unless:

                     (a)  the facility is a fibre‑ready facility; and

                     (b)  the conditions (if any) specified in an instrument under subsection (3) are satisfied.

Note:          For fibre‑ready facility, see section 372HB.

             (3)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, specify conditions for the purposes of paragraph (2)(b).

Third party access regime

             (4)  The regulations may establish a regime for third party access to a fixed‑line facility installed in the project area, or any of the project areas, for a real estate development project.

Exemption

             (5)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, exempt:

                     (a)  conduct specified in the instrument; or

                     (b)  conduct ascertained in accordance with the instrument;

from the scope of subsection (1).

             (6)  An exemption under subsection (5) may be unconditional or subject to such conditions (if any) as are specified in the exemption.

Functions and powers

             (7)  An instrument under paragraph (1)(b) or subsection (5) may confer functions or powers on the ACMA.

             (8)  Regulations made for the purposes of subsection (4) may confer functions or powers on the ACCC.

Jurisdiction of courts

             (9)  Regulations made for the purposes of subsection (4) may confer jurisdiction on a court.

Ancillary contraventions

           (10)  A person must not:

                     (a)  aid, abet, counsel or procure a contravention of subsection (2); or

                     (b)  induce, whether by threats or promises or otherwise, a contravention of subsection (2); or

                     (c)  be in any way, directly or indirectly, knowingly concerned in, or party to, a contravention of subsection (2); or

                     (d)  conspire with others to effect a contravention of subsection (2).

Civil penalty provisions

           (11)  Subsections (2) and (10) are civil penalty provisions.

Note:          Part 31 provides for pecuniary penalties for breaches of civil penalty provisions.

Division 4Miscellaneous

372D  Real estate development projects etc.

Subdivisions

             (1)  For the purposes of this Act, a project is a real estate development project if:

                     (a)  the project involves the subdivision of one or more areas of land into lots (however described); and

                     (b)  the project involves either or both of the following:

                              (i)  the making available of one or more of those lots for sale or lease, where it would be reasonable to expect that one or more building units would be subsequently constructed on the lots;

                             (ii)  the construction of one or more building units on any of the lots and the making available of any of those building units for sale or lease; and

                     (c)  the conditions (if any) specified in an instrument under subsection (4) are satisfied.

Note 1:       For subdivision of an area of land, see section 372E.

Note 2:       For sale of building lots, see section 372G.

Note 3:       For building unit, see section 372F.

Note 4:       For sale of building units, see section 372H.

             (2)  For the purposes of this Act, an area of land mentioned in subsection (1) is a project area for the real estate development project.

             (3)  For the purposes of this Act, a lot mentioned in subsection (1) is a building lot.

             (4)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, specify conditions for the purposes of paragraph (1)(c).

Building units

             (5)  For the purposes of this Act, a project is a real estate development project if:

                     (a)  the project involves:

                              (i)  the construction of one or more building units on one or more areas of land; and

                             (ii)  the making available of any or all of those building units for sale or lease; and

                     (b)  the conditions (if any) specified in an instrument under subsection (7) are satisfied.

Note 1:       For building unit, see section 372F.

Note 2:       For sale of building units, see section 372H.

             (6)  For the purposes of this Act, an area of land mentioned in subsection (5) is a project area for the real estate development project.

             (7)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, specify conditions for the purposes of paragraph (5)(b).

Application

             (8)  For the purposes of subsections (1) and (5), it is immaterial whether:

                     (a)  the project has been, is being, or will be, implemented in stages; or

                     (b)  different elements of the project have been, are being, or will be, carried out by different persons; or

                     (c)  one or more approvals are given, are required, or will be required, under a law of the Commonwealth, a State or Territory, for the project, or any element of the project; or

                     (d)  in a case where the project relates to 2 or more areas of land—those areas of land are under common ownership.

372E  Subdivision of an area of land

                   For the purposes of this Act, if an area of land has been subdivided into lots (however described) it is immaterial whether, after the subdivision, a part of the area of land (for example, a road) is not included in any of those lots.

372F  Building units

Scope

             (1)  This section applies to a building that has been, is being, or is to be, constructed.

Building units

             (2)  For the purposes of this Act, if the whole of the building is, or is to be, for single occupation or use, the building is a building unit.

             (3)  For the purposes of this Act, if the whole or a part of the building is, or is to be, held as a unit under a strata title system (or a similar system) established under a law of a State or Territory, the whole or the part, as the case may be, of the building is a building unit.

             (4)  For the purposes of this Act, if a part of the building is, or is to be, for separate lease, that part of the building is a building unit.

372G  Sale of building lots

                   For the purposes of this Act, a person sells a building lot if:

                     (a)  in a case where the person holds a freehold interest in the land concerned—the person transfers the freehold interest in the land; or

                     (b)  in a case where the person holds a leasehold interest in the land concerned—the person transfers the leasehold interest in the land.

372H  Sale of building units

                   For the purposes of this Act, a person sells a building unit if:

                     (a)  in a case where:

                              (i)  the building unit is covered by subsection 372F(2), but is not covered by subsection 372F(3); and

                             (ii)  the person holds a freehold interest in the land on which the building unit is situated;

                            the person transfers the freehold interest; or

                     (b)  in a case where:

                              (i)  the building unit is covered by subsection 372F(2), but is not covered by subsection 372F(3); and

                             (ii)  the person holds a leasehold interest in the land on which the building unit is situated;

                            the person transfers the leasehold interest; or

                     (c)  in a case where the building unit is covered by subsection 372F(3)—the person transfers the unit mentioned in that subsection.

372HA  Fixed‑line facilities

                   For the purposes of this Act, a fixed‑line facility is a facility (other than a line) used, or for use, in connection with a line, where the line:

                     (a)  is not on the customer side of the boundary of a telecommunications network; and

                     (b)  is used, or for use, to supply a carriage service to the public.

Note 1:       For boundary of a telecommunications network, see section 22.

Note 2:       For supply to the public, see section 372J.

372HB  Fibre‑ready facilities

             (1)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, declare that a specified fixed‑line facility is a fibre‑ready facility for the purposes of this Act.

Note:          For specification by class, see subsection 13(3) of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not, by implication, limit paragraph 372CA(2)(b) or 372CB(2)(b).

372HC  Installation of a facility

                   For the purposes of this Part, install, in relation to a facility, includes:

                     (a)  construct the facility on, over or under any land; and

                     (b)  attach the facility to any building or other structure.

372J  Supply to the public

                   For the purposes of this Part, if:

                     (a)  a line consists of, or forms part of, a network unit; and

                     (b)  under section 44, the network unit is taken, for the purposes of section 42, to be used to supply a carriage service to the public;

the line is taken to be used, or for use, to supply a carriage service to the public.

Trade Practices Act 1974

11  Subsection 25(1)

Before “Rules of Conduct”, insert “regulations made for the purposes of subsection 372CA(4) or 372CB(4) of the Telecommunications Act 1997,”.


 

Part 2Consequential amendment relating to civil penalty provisions

Telecommunications Act 1997

12  Section 7 (before paragraph (k) of the definition of civil penalty provision)

Insert:

                     (jb)  subsection 372B(2); or

                     (jc)  subsection 372B(8); or

                     (jd)  subsection 372C(2); or

                     (je)  subsection 372C(8); or

                     (jf)  subsection 372CA(2); or

                     (jg)  subsection 372CA(10); or

                     (jh)  subsection 372CB(2); or

                      (ji)  subsection 372CB(10); or

                      (jj)  a provision of regulations made for the purposes of subsection 372CA(4) or 372CB(4) that is declared by the regulations to be a civil penalty provision; or