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Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer Safeguards) Bill 2010

2010

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

As passed by both Houses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer Safeguards) Bill 2010

 

No.      , 2010

 

 

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend legislation relating to telecommunications, and for other purposes

   

   



Contents

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

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Schedule(s)......................................................................................... 3

Schedule 1—Amendments                                                                                                 5

Part 1A—Objects                                                                                                             5

Telecommunications Act 1997                                                                                   5

Part 1—Amendments relating to Telstra                                                              6

Division 1—Amendments commencing on the day after this Act receives the Royal Assent           6

Radiocommunications Act 1992                                                                                6

Telecommunications Act 1997                                                                                   6

Competition and Consumer Act 2010                                                                    81

Division 2—Amendments commencing immediately after a final functional separation undertaking comes into force                                                                                                                84

Telecommunications Act 1997                                                                                 84

Competition and Consumer Act 2010                                                                    86

Division 3—Amendments commencing immediately after an undertaking about structural separation comes into force                                                                                                                88

Telecommunications Act 1997                                                                                 88

Competition and Consumer Act 2010                                                                    90

Part 2—Telecommunications access regime                                                     91

Division 1—Amendments                                                                                         91

National Transmission Network Sale Act 1998                                                    91

Telecommunications Act 1997                                                                                 91

Competition and Consumer Act 2010                                                                  106

Division 2—Transitional provisions                                                                      162

Part 3—Anti-competitive conduct                                                                      173

Division 1—Amendments                                                                                       173

Competition and Consumer Act 2010                                                                  173

Division 2—Application                                                                                          173

Part 4—Universal service regime                                                                         174

Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999   174

Part 5—Customer service guarantee                                                                   189

Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999   189

Part 5A—Record-keeping rules                                                                            195

Telecommunications Act 1997                                                                               195

Part 6—Priority assistance                                                                                       197

Telecommunications Act 1997                                                                               197

Part 7—Infringement notices etc.                                                                        200

Division 1—Amendments                                                                                       200

Telecommunications Act 1997                                                                               200

Division 2—Application                                                                                          208

Part 8—Civil penalty provisions                                                                           209

Telecommunications Act 1997                                                                               209

Part 9—Industry standards                                                                                     210

Telecommunications Act 1997                                                                               210

 



A Bill for an Act to amend legislation relating to telecommunications, and for other purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1   Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer Safeguards) Act 2010.

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

Provision(s)

Commencement

Date/Details

1A.  Schedule 1, Part 1A

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

1.  Sections 1 to 3 and anything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

2.  Schedule 1, Part 1, Division 1

The later of:

(a) the start of the day after this Act receives the Royal Assent; and

(b) immediately after the commencement of item 2 of Schedule 5 to the Trade Practices Amendment (Australian Consumer Law) Act (No. 2) 2010 .

 

3.  Schedule 1, Part 1, Division 2

Immediately after a final functional separation undertaking comes into force under Part 9 of Schedule 1 to the Telecommunications Act 1997 .

The Minister must announce by notice in the Gazette the time when a final functional separation undertaking comes into force under Part 9 of Schedule 1 to the Telecommunications Act 1997 .

 

4.  Schedule 1, Part 1, Division 3

Immediately after an undertaking comes into force under section 577A of the Telecommunications Act 1997 .

The Minister must announce by notice in the Gazette the time when an undertaking comes into force under section 577A of the Telecommunications Act 1997 .

 

5.  Schedule 1, Parts 2 and 3

The later of:

(a) the start of the day after this Act receives the Royal Assent; and

(b) immediately after the commencement of item 2 of Schedule 5 to the Trade Practices Amendment (Australian Consumer Law) Act (No. 2) 2010 .

 

6.  Schedule 1, Part 4

The day after the end of the period of 3 months beginning on the day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

7.  Schedule 1, Part 5

The day after the end of the period of 6 months beginning on the day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

8.  Schedule 1, Part 5A

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

9.  Schedule 1, Part 6

The day after the end of the period of 3 months beginning on the day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

10.  Schedule 1, Part 7

The later of:

(a) the start of the day after this Act receives the Royal Assent; and

(b) immediately after the commencement of item 2 of Schedule 5 to the Trade Practices Amendment (Australian Consumer Law) Act (No. 2) 2010 .

 

11.  Schedule 1, Part 8

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

12.  Schedule 1, Part 9

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

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   Schedule(s)

                   Each Act 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.

Note:          On 1 January 2011, the short title of the Trade Practices Act 1974 was changed to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 by the Trade Practices Amendment (Australian Consumer Law) Act (No. 2) 2010 .