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Telecommunications (Numbering Charges) Act 1997

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Act No. 51 of 1997 as amended, taking into account amendments up to Acts Interpretation Amendment Act 2011
An Act to impose charges in relation to numbers allocated to certain carriage service providers under the Telecommunications Act 1997
Administered by: Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
Registered 12 Jan 2012
Start Date 27 Dec 2011
End Date 28 Jun 2013

Telecommunications (Numbering Charges) Act 1997

Act No. 51 of 1997 as amended

This compilation was prepared on 10 January 2012
taking into account amendments up to Act No. 46 of 2011

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

4............ Extension to eligible Territories........................................................... 1

5............ Interpretation....................................................................................... 1

5A......... Meaning of transferred....................................................................... 2

Part 2—Allocation charges                                                                                               4

Division 1—Allocation in accordance with an allocation system          4

6............ Definition of charge............................................................................ 4

7............ Imposition of charge........................................................................... 4

8............ By whom charge payable.................................................................... 4

9............ Amount of charge............................................................................... 4

Division 2—Allocation otherwise than in accordance with an allocation system             5

10.......... Definition of charge............................................................................ 5

11.......... Imposition of charge........................................................................... 5

12.......... By whom charge payable.................................................................... 5

13.......... Amount of charge............................................................................... 5

14.......... Maximum charge................................................................................ 5

15.......... Exemption from charge....................................................................... 5

Part 3—Annual charge                                                                                                       7

16.......... Definition of charge............................................................................ 7

17.......... Holder of a number............................................................................. 7

18.......... Imposition of charge........................................................................... 7

19.......... By whom charge payable.................................................................... 8

20.......... Amount of charge............................................................................... 8

21.......... Maximum charge................................................................................ 8

22.......... Exemption from charge....................................................................... 8

Notes                                                                                                                                               9


An Act to impose charges in relation to numbers allocated to certain carriage service providers under the Telecommunications Act 1997

Part 1Introduction

  

1  Short title [see Note 1]

                   This Act may be cited as the Telecommunications (Numbering Charges) Act 1997.

2  Commencement [see Note 1]

             (1)  Parts 1 and 4 commence on the day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent.

             (2)  Parts 2 and 3 commence 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 eligible Territories

                   This Act extends to each eligible Territory.

5  Interpretation

                   In this Act:

ACMA means the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

allocation, in relation to a number, means the allocation of the number under the authority of the numbering plan.

allocation system means a system determined under section 463 of the Telecommunications Act 1997.

carriage service provider has the same meaning as in the Telecommunications Act 1997.

eligible Territory has the same meaning as in the Telecommunications Act 1997.

number has the same meaning as in Division 2 of Part 22 of the Telecommunications Act 1997.

numbering plan has the same meaning as in the Telecommunications Act 1997.

standard telephone service has the same meaning as in the Telecommunications Act 1997.

surrendered, in relation to a number, means surrendered in accordance with the numbering plan.

transferred has the meaning given by section 5A.

withdrawn, in relation to a number, means withdrawn in accordance with the numbering plan.

5A  Meaning of transferred

             (1)  A number is transferred between 2 carriage service providers when the number is ported from one of the providers to the other provider.

             (2)  Two carriage service providers may enter into a binding written agreement that provides that a number is transferred from one of them to the other. The carriage service providers must jointly give the ACMA written notice of the transfer. The transfer takes effect on the later of the following:

                     (a)  the day on which the notice is given to the ACMA;

                     (b)  another day specified in the notice.

             (3)  A number is transferred at the time worked out under subsection (1), and not at the time worked out under subsection (2), if the number is ported from one carriage service provider to another when:

                     (a)  an agreement described in subsection (2) and relating to the number is in force; or

                     (b)  a notice relating to the number has been given as described in that subsection.


 

Part 2Allocation charges

Division 1Allocation in accordance with an allocation system

6  Definition of charge

                   In this Division:

charge means charge imposed by this Division.

7  Imposition of charge

                   If a number is allocated to a carriage service provider in accordance with an allocation system, charge is imposed on the allocation of the number to the provider.

8  By whom charge payable

                   Charge imposed on the allocation of a number to a carriage service provider is payable by the provider.

9  Amount of charge

                   The amount of charge imposed on the allocation of a number is equal to the amount that is the eligible amount in relation to the allocation of the number for the purposes of section 463 of the Telecommunications Act 1997.


 

Division 2Allocation otherwise than in accordance with an allocation system

10  Definition of charge

                   In this Division:

charge means charge imposed by this Division.

11  Imposition of charge

                   If a number is allocated to a carriage service provider otherwise than in accordance with an allocation system, charge is imposed on the allocation of the number to the provider.

12  By whom charge payable

                   Charge imposed on the allocation of a number to a carriage service provider is payable by the provider.

13  Amount of charge

             (1)  The amount of charge imposed on the allocation of a number is the amount ascertained in accordance with a written determination made by the ACMA.

             (2)  A determination under subsection (1) is a disallowable instrument for the purposes of section 46A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

14  Maximum charge

                   The amount of charge imposed on the allocation of a number must not exceed $100,000.

15  Exemption from charge

             (1)  A number is exempt from charge if the number is a geographic number allocated to a carriage service provider for the purposes of providing a standard telephone service to a customer.

             (2)  The ACMA may, by written determination, exempt a specified number from charge.

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

             (3)  A determination under subsection (2) is a disallowable instrument for the purposes of section 46A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.


 

Part 3Annual charge

  

16  Definition of charge

                   In this Part:

charge means charge imposed by this Part.

17  Holder of a number

             (1)  For the purposes of this Part, if a number is allocated or transferred to a carriage service provider at a particular time, the provider holds the number throughout the period:

                     (a)  beginning at that time; and

                     (b)  ending when:

                              (i)  the number is subsequently withdrawn; or

                             (ii)  the number is subsequently surrendered; or

                            (iii)  the number is subsequently transferred from the provider to another carriage service provider;

                            whichever first happens.

             (2)  For the purposes of this section, the renumbering of a number in accordance with the numbering plan does not affect the continuity of the holding of the number.

18  Imposition of charge

             (1)  If a carriage service provider holds an allocated number at the beginning of a day determined under subsection (2), charge is imposed on the number.

             (2)  Before 16 February in each year, the ACMA must determine in writing a day in April in that year.

             (3)  The ACMA must publish the determination in the Gazette before the day determined.

19  By whom charge payable

                   Charge imposed on a number is payable by the carriage service provider who holds the number.

20  Amount of charge

             (1)  The amount of charge imposed on a number held at a particular time is the amount ascertained in accordance with a written determination made by the ACMA.

             (2)  A determination under subsection (1) is a disallowable instrument for the purposes of section 46A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

21  Maximum charge

                   The amount of charge imposed on a number held at a particular time must not exceed $100,000.

22  Exemption from charge

             (1)  A number is exempt from charge if the number is a geographic number allocated to a carriage service provider for the purposes of providing a standard telephone service to a customer.

             (2)  The ACMA may, by written determination, exempt a specified number from charge.

             (3)  A determination under subsection (2) is a disallowable instrument for the purposes of section 46A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

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


Notes to the Telecommunications (Numbering Charges) Act 1997

Note 1

The Telecommunications (Numbering Charges) Act 1997 as shown in this compilation comprises Act No. 51, 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 (Numbering Charges) Act 1997

51, 1997

22 Apr 1997

Ss. 6–22: 1 July 1999
Remainder: Royal Assent

 

Telecommunications (Numbering Charges) Amendment Act 2000

51, 2000

3 May 2000

3 May 2000

Sch. 1 (item 5)

Telecommunications (Numbering Charges) Amendment Act 2005

47, 2005

1 Apr 2005

Schedules 1 and 2: 1 July 2005 (see s. 2(1))
Remainder: Royal Assent

Sch. 2

Acts Interpretation Amendment Act 2011

46, 2011

27 June 2011

Schedule 2 (items 1141, 1142) and Schedule 3 (items 10, 11): 27 Dec 2011

Sch. 3 (items 10, 11)


Table of Amendments

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

Provision affected

How affected

Part 1

 

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

am. No. 51, 2000; No. 47, 2005

S. 5A...................................

ad. No. 51, 2000

 

am. No. 47, 2005

Part 2

 

Division 2

 

S. 13....................................

am. No. 47, 2005

S. 15....................................

am. No. 47, 2005

Note to s. 15(2)..................

am. No. 46, 2011

Part 3

 

S. 17....................................

am. No. 51, 2000

S. 18....................................

rs. No. 51, 2000

 

am. No. 47, 2005

S. 20....................................

am. No. 47, 2005

S. 22....................................

am. No. 47, 2005

Note to s. 22(3)..................

am. No. 46, 2011

Part 4..................................

rep. No. 47, 2005

S. 23....................................

rep. No. 47, 2005


Table A

Application, saving or transitional provisions

Telecommunications (Numbering Charges) Amendment Act 2000
(No. 51, 2000)

Schedule 1

5  Application

(1)       The amendments of the Telecommunications (Numbering Charges) Act 1997 made by this Schedule apply for the purposes of working out charge imposed on a number held on a particular day in 2000, or a later year.

(2)       However, if this Act receives the Royal Assent after 15 February 2000, those amendments apply for the purposes of working out charge imposed on a number held on a particular day in the first calendar year that starts after the day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent, or a later year.

(3)       To avoid doubt, subsection 5A(2) of the Telecommunications (Numbering Charges) Act 1997 applies even if:

                     (a)  the agreement mentioned in that subsection was made before the day on which this Act received the Royal Assent; or

                     (b)  the notice mentioned in that subsection was given before that day.

 

Telecommunications (Numbering Charges) Amendment Act 2005
(No. 47, 2005)

Schedule 2

1  Definitions

In this Schedule:

Imposition Act means the Telecommunications (Numbering Charges) Act 1997.

transition time means the commencement of this Schedule.

2  Continued effect of transfer notices

A notice that was given to the ACA before the transition time under subsection 5A(2) of the Imposition Act as then in force has the same effect after the transition time as it would have had if the amendments of that subsection made by Schedule 1 to this Act had not been made.

3  Continued effect of amount etc. determinations

A determination made by the ACA under subsection 13(1), 15(2), 18(2), 20(1) or 22(2) of the Imposition Act that was in force immediately before the transition time has effect on and after the transition time as if it had been made by the ACMA under that subsection as amended by Schedule 1 to this Act.

 

Acts Interpretation Amendment Act 2011 (No. 46, 2011)

Schedule 3

10  Saving—appointments

The amendments made by Schedule 2 do not affect the validity of an appointment that was made under an Act before the commencement of this item and that was in force immediately before that commencement.

11  Transitional regulations

The Governor‑General may make regulations prescribing matters of a transitional nature (including prescribing any saving or application provisions) relating to the amendments and repeals made by Schedules 1 and 2.