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Telecommunications Amendment (Enhancing Community Consultation) Bill 2011

Originating house
House of Representatives
Not Proceeding
WILKIE, Andrew, MP


Amends the Telecommunications Act 1997 to: require owners and occupiers of land to be notified of a proposal to either build or modify a telecommunications tower within 500 metres of their property; provide that notified owners and occupiers have 30 days in which to respond to the proposed development; provide that new telecommunications towers cannot be declared to be low impact; limit the size and capacity of telecommunications towers; provide that the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) can issue installation permits for high impact facilities only in extraordinary circumstances; disallow ACMA from considering commercial interests when determining the importance of a facility in a telecommunications network; require ACMA, when considering developments near community sensitive sites, to be satisfied that all alternative sites are unfeasible; and enable local communities to appeal a facility installation permit being granted with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 19/09/11  
Removed from the Notice Paper in accordance with (SO 42) 19/06/12  

Text of bill

  • First reading


Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum


Second reading speeches

Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest

  • Referred to Committee (22/09/2011): House Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications; Committee report (21/03/2012)
  • Access information for House of Representatives and Senate committees