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Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Submarine Cable Protection) Bill 2013

Originating house
House of Representatives


Amends the: Telecommunications Act 1997 in relation to the regulatory regime for the protection of international submarine cables landing in Australia by: ensuring consistency with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea by modifying the regime’s application, including criminal and civil enforcement options, to foreign ships and nationals in the water beyond Australia’s territorial seas; enabling domestic submarine cables to be brought within the scope of the regime by regulation; providing for a consultation process between the Australian Communications and Media Authority and the Attorney-General’s department on submarine cable installation permit applications; amending the submarine cable installation permit process by removing the requirement to obtain multiple permits, tightening processing timeframes and removing duplicated processes; and amending the operation of the protection zone declaration, revocation and variation processes; and Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 and Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 to make consequential amendments.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 14/11/13  
Second reading moved 14/11/13  
Second reading debate 03/12/13  
Second reading debate 04/12/13  
Second reading debate 05/12/13  
Second reading agreed to 05/12/13  
Third reading agreed to 05/12/13  
Introduced and read a first time 05/12/13  
Second reading moved 05/12/13  
Second reading debate 15/05/14  
Second reading agreed to 15/05/14  
Third reading agreed to 15/05/14  
Finally passed both Houses 15/05/14  
Assent 27/05/14 Act no.: 33 - Year: 2014

Text of bill

  • First reading

  • As passed by both Houses


Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum


Second reading speeches

Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest

  • Referred to Committee (05/12/2013): Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee; Committee report (28/03/2014)
  • An electronic version of this Act is available on the Federal Register of Legislation (www.legislation.gov.au)