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No. 1 of 2009 Determinations/Communications as made
This Determination provides for the recovery of the ACCC's costs for the 2007-2008 financial year through annual carrier licence charges.
Administered by: Communications
Registered 13 Mar 2009
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR17-Mar-2009
Tabled Senate17-Mar-2009
Date of repeal 01 Apr 2015
Repealed by Telecommunications (Carrier Licence Charges) Act 1997 - Repeal of determinations made under paragraph 15(1)(b)

EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

Telecommunications (Carrier Licence Charges) Act 1997

Determination under Paragraph 15(1)(b) No. 1 of 2009

Issued by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission

Legislative Provisions

The Telecommunications (Carrier Licence Charges) Act 1997 (the Act) sets out the method of calculating annual charges that apply to the carrier licences held by telecommunications carriers.  Subsection 15(1) of the Act provides that the total of charges that are imposed on carrier licences in force at the beginning of a financial year must not exceed the sum of:

a)                the amount determined, by a written instrument made by the ACMA, to be the proportion of the ACMA's costs for the immediately preceding financial year that is attributable to the ACMA's telecommunications functions and powers; and

 

b)               the amount determined, by a written instrument made by the ACCC, to be the proportion of the ACCC's costs for the immediately preceding financial year that is attributable to the ACCC's telecommunications functions and powers; and

 

c)                the amount determined, by a written instrument made by the ACMA, to be the proportion of the Commonwealth's contribution to the budget of the International Telecommunication Union for the calendar year in which the beginning of the financial year occurs that is to be recovered from carriers; and

 

(ca)     the amount determined, by a written instrument made by the ACMA, to be the sum of the amounts paid under section 136C of the Telecommunications Act 1997 during the immediately preceding financial year; and

 

d)               the amount determined, in a written instrument made by the Minister, to be the estimated total amount of grants likely to be made during the financial year under section 593 of the Telecommunications Act 1997.

 

Paragraph 15(4)(b) of the Act defines “costs” and provides that in relation to the ACCC, costs means an amount that, in accordance with accrual-based accounting principles, is treated as a cost of the ACCC.  This amount has been calculated in accordance with those principles.

A Determination made under subsection 15(1) of the Act is a legislative instrument for the purposes of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003.

 

Purpose

 

The Determination has been made for the purposes of paragraph 15(1)(b) of the Act. The determination provides that $10,803,740 is the amount determined to be the proportion of ACCC’s cost for the 2007-08 financial year that is attributable to the ACCC’s telecommunications functions and powers.

Consultation

The ACCC did not consult in the calculation of the costs that are attributable to the ACCC’s telecommunications functions and powers under paragraph 15(1)(b) of the Act.  Consultation was not undertaken as the calculation of costs is based on actual costs incurred directly by the ACCC in undertaking its regulatory role.  This methodology is the same as in prior years.