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Act No. 7 of 2021 as made
An Act to amend the Telecommunications Act 1997, and for related purposes
Administered by: Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
Originating Bill: Telecommunications Amendment (Infrastructure in New Developments) Bill 2020
Registered 22 Feb 2021
Date of Assent 16 Feb 2021
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Commonwealth Coat of Arms of Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

Telecommunications Amendment (Infrastructure in New Developments) Act 2021

 

No. 7, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

An Act to amend the Telecommunications Act 1997, and for related purposes

  

  


Contents

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

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 2

3............ Schedules............................................................................................ 2

Schedule 1—Amendments                                                                                                3

Part 1—General amendments                                                                                   3

Telecommunications Act 1997                                                                                  3

Part 2—Application and transitional provisions                                              9

Part 3—Technical correction                                                                                   11

Telecommunications Act 1997                                                                                11

 


Commonwealth Coat of Arms of Australia

 

 

Telecommunications Amendment (Infrastructure in New Developments) Act 2021

No. 7, 2021

 

 

 

An Act to amend the Telecommunications Act 1997, and for related purposes

[Assented to 16 February 2021]

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1  Short title

                   This Act is the Telecommunications Amendment (Infrastructure in New Developments) Act 2021.

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

Provisions

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  The whole of this Act

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

17 February 2021

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally enacted. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this Act.

             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this Act. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this Act.

3  Schedules

                   Legislation 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 (definition of fibre‑ready facility)

Omit “section 372W”, substitute “subsection 372W(1)”.

2  Section 7

Insert:

functional fibre‑ready facility has the meaning given by subsection 372W(2).

3  Section 372A

Omit:

•      If the developer of a real estate development project is a constitutional corporation, the developer must not, in the course of carrying out the project, sell or lease a building lot or building unit unless a fibre‑ready facility is installed in proximity to the lot or unit.

substitute:

•      If the developer of a real estate development project is a constitutional corporation, the developer must not, in the course of carrying out the project, sell or lease a building lot or building unit unless a functional fibre‑ready facility is installed in proximity to the lot or unit.

•      If the developer of a real estate development project in a Territory is not a constitutional corporation, the developer must not, in the course of carrying out the project, sell or lease a building lot or building unit unless a functional fibre‑ready facility is installed in proximity to the lot or unit.

•      If the developer of a real estate development project in a State is not a constitutional corporation, the developer must not, in the course of carrying out the project, sell or lease a building lot or building unit unless a functional fibre‑ready facility is installed in proximity to the lot or unit.

4  Subsections 372G(2) and (4)

Repeal the subsections, substitute:

Requirements—building lots

             (2)  If subparagraph (1)(b)(i) applies to a building lot, a constitutional corporation must not, in the course of carrying out, or carrying out an element of, the project, sell or lease the lot unless a functional fibre‑ready facility is installed in proximity to the lot.

Note 1:       For functional fibre‑ready facility, see section 372W.

Note 2:       For proximity, see section 372Y.

Note 3:       For exemptions, see section 372K.

          (2A)  If:

                     (a)  subparagraph (1)(b)(i) applies to a building lot; and

                     (b)  the lot is in a Territory;

a person (other than a constitutional corporation) must not, in the course of carrying out, or carrying out an element of, the project, sell or lease the lot unless a functional fibre‑ready facility is installed in proximity to the lot.

Note 1:       For functional fibre‑ready facility, see section 372W.

Note 2:       For proximity, see section 372Y.

Note 3:       For exemptions, see section 372K.

             (3)  If:

                     (a)  subparagraph (1)(b)(i) applies to a building lot; and

                     (b)  the lot is in a State;

a person (other than a constitutional corporation) must not, in the course of carrying out, or carrying out an element of, the project, sell or lease the lot unless a functional fibre‑ready facility is installed in proximity to the lot.

Note 1:       For functional fibre‑ready facility, see section 372W.

Note 2:       For proximity, see section 372Y.

Note 3:       For exemptions, see section 372K.

Requirements—building units

             (4)  If subparagraph (1)(b)(ii) applies to a building unit, a constitutional corporation must not, in the course of carrying out, or carrying out an element of, the project, sell or lease the unit unless a functional fibre‑ready facility is installed in proximity to the unit.

Note 1:       For functional fibre‑ready facility, see section 372W.

Note 2:       For proximity, see section 372Y.

Note 3:       For exemptions, see section 372K.

          (4A)  If:

                     (a)  subparagraph (1)(b)(ii) applies to a building unit; and

                     (b)  the unit is in a Territory;

a person (other than a constitutional corporation) must not, in the course of carrying out, or carrying out an element of, the project, sell or lease the unit unless a functional fibre‑ready facility is installed in proximity to the unit.

Note 1:       For functional fibre‑ready facility, see section 372W.

Note 2:       For proximity, see section 372Y.

Note 3:       For exemptions, see section 372K.

             (5)  If:

                     (a)  subparagraph (1)(b)(ii) applies to a building unit; and

                     (b)  the unit is in a State;

a person (other than a constitutional corporation) must not, in the course of carrying out, or carrying out an element of, the project, sell or lease the unit unless a functional fibre‑ready facility is installed in proximity to the unit.

Note 1:       For functional fibre‑ready facility, see section 372W.

Note 2:       For proximity, see section 372Y.

Note 3:       For exemptions, see section 372K.

5  Subsection 372G(6)

Omit “subsection (2) or (4)” (wherever occurring), substitute “subsection (2), (2A), (3), (4), (4A) or (5)”.

6  Subsection 372G(7)

Omit “Subsections (2), (4) and (6)”, substitute “Subsections (2), (2A), (3), (4), (4A), (5) and (6)”.

7  Subsection 372G(8)

Omit “subsection (2) or (4)”, substitute “subsection (2), (2A), (3), (4), (4A) or (5)”.

8  Subsection 372H(2)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

Requirements

             (2)  A constitutional corporation must not, in the course of carrying out, or carrying out an element of, the project, sell or lease such a building unit unless a functional fibre‑ready facility is installed in proximity to the unit.

Note 1:       For functional fibre‑ready facility, see section 372W.

Note 2:       For proximity, see section 372Y.

Note 3:       For exemptions, see section 372K.

             (3)  If such a building unit is in a Territory, a person (other than a constitutional corporation) must not, in the course of carrying out, or carrying out an element of, the project, sell or lease the unit unless a functional fibre‑ready facility is installed in proximity to the unit.

Note 1:       For functional fibre‑ready facility, see section 372W.

Note 2:       For proximity, see section 372Y.

Note 3:       For exemptions, see section 372K.

          (3A)  If such a building unit is in a State, a person (other than a constitutional corporation) must not, in the course of carrying out, or carrying out an element of, the project, sell or lease the unit unless a functional fibre‑ready facility is installed in proximity to the unit.

Note 1:       For functional fibre‑ready facility, see section 372W.

Note 2:       For proximity, see section 372Y.

Note 3:       For exemptions, see section 372K.

9  Subsection 372H(4)

Omit “subsection (2)” (wherever occurring), substitute “subsection (2), (3) or (3A)”.

10  Subsection 372H(5)

Omit “Subsections (2) and (4)”, substitute “Subsections (2), (3), (3A) and (4)”.

11  Subsection 372H(6)

Omit “subsection (2)”, substitute “subsection (2), (3) or (3A)”.

12  At the end of Subdivision B of Division 3 of Part 20A

Add:

372J  Acquisition of property

                   This Subdivision does not apply to the extent that the operation of the Subdivision would result in an acquisition of property (within the meaning of paragraph 51(xxxi) of the Constitution) from a person otherwise than on just terms (within the meaning of that paragraph).

13  Subsection 372K(5)

Omit “from the scope of subsection 372G(2).”, substitute:

from the scope of any or all of the following provisions:

                     (c)  subsection 372G(2);

                     (d)  subsection 372G(2A);

                     (e)  subsection 372G(3).

14  Subsection 372K(7)

Omit “either or both”, substitute “any or all”.

15  After paragraph 372K(7)(c)

Insert:

                    (ca)  subsection 372G(4A);

                   (cb)  subsection 372G(5);

16  After paragraph 372K(7)(d)

Insert:

                   ; (e)  subsection 372H(3);

                      (f)  subsection 372H(3A).

17  Section 372W

Before “For”, insert “(1)”.

18  At the end of section 372W

Add:

             (2)  For the purposes of this Act, a functional fibre‑ready facility is a fibre‑ready facility that is technically capable of being used in connection with an optical fibre line.

             (3)  For the purposes of subsection (2), in determining whether a fibre‑ready facility is technically capable of being used in connection with an optical fibre line, regard must be had to applicable industry codes registered, or applicable industry standards determined, under Part 6 (if any).

Part 2Application and transitional provisions

19  Application—sale or lease of building lots or building units

            Sections 372G and 372H of the Telecommunications Act 1997, as amended by this Schedule, apply in relation to a real estate development project any element of which is carried out after the commencement of this item unless, before that commencement:

                     (a)  a person who carries out, or carries out an element of, the project began to install fixed‑line facilities in the project area, or any of the project areas, for the project; or

                     (b)  a person who carries out, or carries out an element of, the project entered into a contract with another person for the installation of fixed‑line facilities in the project area, or any of the project areas, for the project; or

                     (c)  civil works associated with the project began to be carried out; or

                     (d)  a person who carries out, or carries out an element of, the project entered into a contract with another person for the carrying out of civil works associated with the project.

20  Transitional—constitutional corporations

(1)       This item applies in relation to a real estate development project if, before the commencement of this item:

                     (a)  a person who carries out, or carries out an element of, the project began to install fixed‑line facilities in the project area, or any of the project areas, for the project; or

                     (b)  a person who carries out, or carries out an element of, the project entered into a contract with another person for the installation of fixed‑line facilities in the project area, or any of the project areas, for the project; or

                     (c)  civil works associated with the project began to be carried out; or

                     (d)  a person who carries out, or carries out an element of, the project entered into a contract with another person for the carrying out of civil works associated with the project.

(2)       Despite the amendments of sections 372G and 372H of the Telecommunications Act 1997 made by this Schedule, those sections continue to apply in relation to the real estate development project as if the amendments had not been made.

Part 3Technical correction

Telecommunications Act 1997

21  Paragraph 372G(1)(d)

Omit “is” (first occurring), substitute “if”.

 

 

 

 

[Minister’s second reading speech made in—

House of Representatives on 3 December 2020

Senate on 4 February 2021]

 

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