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Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency Bill 2011

2010-2011

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency Bill 2011

 

No.      , 2011

 

(Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to establish the Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency, and for other purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                              1

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

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

3............ Simplified outline................................................................................ 4

4............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 5

5............ Vacancy in the office of a TUSMA member....................................... 9

6............ Standard telephone service.................................................................. 9

7............ Supply of standard telephone services................................................ 9

8............ Crown to be bound........................................................................... 10

9............ Extension to external Territories........................................................ 10

10.......... Continuity of partnerships................................................................. 11

Part 2—Public interest telecommunications services                                       12

Division 1—Policy objectives                                                                                  12

11.......... Policy objectives............................................................................... 12

12.......... Achievement of policy objectives...................................................... 13

Division 2—Contracts and grants                                                                        14

Subdivision A—General                                                                                          14

13.......... Contracts and grants.......................................................................... 14

14.......... Terms and conditions of grants......................................................... 14

15.......... Condition about compliance with Ministerial determination.............. 15

16.......... Exemption of designated transitional contracts from Ministerial determination        17

17.......... TUSMA has powers etc. of the Commonwealth.............................. 17

18.......... Conferral of powers on TUSMA...................................................... 17

19.......... TUSMA to notify the Minister about entering into contracts or making grants        18

20.......... TUSMA to notify Minister about variations of contracts.................. 18

21.......... TUSMA to notify Minister about variations of grants...................... 19

Subdivision B—Transitional                                                                                  20

22.......... Transitional—standard telephone services........................................ 20

23.......... Transitional—payphones.................................................................. 20

24.......... Transitional—emergency call service................................................ 21

25.......... Transitional—National Relay Service............................................... 21

26.......... Transitional—continuity of supply of carriage services during the transition to the national broadband network    22

Division 3—Registers                                                                                                  23

27.......... Register of Public Interest Telecommunications Contracts................ 23

28.......... Register of Public Interest Telecommunications Grants.................... 23

Division 4—Monitoring of performance                                                           25

29.......... Monitoring of performance............................................................... 25

Division 5—Miscellaneous                                                                                        26

30.......... Executive power of the Commonwealth............................................ 26

Part 3—Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency 27

Division 1—TUSMA’s establishment, functions, powers and liabilities 27

31.......... Establishment of the Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency                27

32.......... Functions of TUSMA....................................................................... 27

33.......... Powers of TUSMA.......................................................................... 27

34.......... TUSMA’s liabilities are Commonwealth liabilities........................... 28

35.......... TUSMA has privileges and immunities of the Crown...................... 28

Division 2—Constitution and membership of TUSMA etc.                    29

Subdivision A—Constitution of TUSMA                                                             29

36.......... Constitution of TUSMA................................................................... 29

Subdivision B—TUSMA members                                                                        29

37.......... Membership of TUSMA.................................................................. 29

38.......... Appointment of TUSMA members.................................................. 29

39.......... Period of appointment for TUSMA members................................... 30

40.......... Acting TUSMA members................................................................. 30

Division 3—Terms and conditions for TUSMA members                       32

41.......... Remuneration.................................................................................... 32

42.......... Disclosure of interests to the Minister............................................... 32

43.......... Disclosure of interests to TUSMA................................................... 32

44.......... Outside employment......................................................................... 33

45.......... Leave of absence............................................................................... 33

46.......... Resignation....................................................................................... 33

47.......... Termination of appointment.............................................................. 33

48.......... Other terms and conditions............................................................... 34

Division 4—Decision-making by TUSMA                                                        35

49.......... Holding of meetings.......................................................................... 35

50.......... Presiding at meetings........................................................................ 35

51.......... Quorum............................................................................................. 35

52.......... Voting at meetings etc....................................................................... 35

53.......... Conduct of meetings......................................................................... 35

54.......... Minutes............................................................................................. 36

Division 5—Delegation                                                                                               37

55.......... Delegation by TUSMA..................................................................... 37

Division 6—Committees                                                                                            38

56.......... Committees....................................................................................... 38

57.......... TUSMA may assist committees........................................................ 38

Division 7—Chief Executive Officer of TUSMA                                          39

58.......... Chief Executive Officer of TUSMA................................................. 39

59.......... Role................................................................................................... 39

60.......... Appointment of the CEO.................................................................. 39

61.......... Period of appointment of the CEO.................................................... 39

62.......... Acting CEO...................................................................................... 39

63.......... Remuneration.................................................................................... 40

64.......... Disclosure of interests to TUSMA................................................... 40

65.......... Outside employment......................................................................... 40

66.......... Leave of absence............................................................................... 41

67.......... Resignation....................................................................................... 41

68.......... Termination of appointment.............................................................. 41

69.......... Other terms and conditions............................................................... 42

70.......... CEO not subject to direction by TUSMA on certain matters............ 42

Division 8—Staff of TUSMA etc.                                                                          43

71.......... Staff of TUSMA............................................................................... 43

72.......... Consultants....................................................................................... 43

73.......... Persons assisting TUSMA............................................................... 43

Division 9—Planning and reporting obligations of TUSMA                  44

74.......... Corporate plan................................................................................... 44

75.......... Annual report.................................................................................... 44

76.......... Minister may require TUSMA to prepare reports or give information 45

Division 10—Ministerial directions                                                                      46

77.......... Minister may give directions to TUSMA.......................................... 46

Part 4—Access to information or documents held by an NBN corporation           47

78.......... Access to information or documents held by an NBN corporation... 47

79.......... Copying documents—compensation................................................. 48

80.......... Copies of documents......................................................................... 48

81.......... TUSMA may retain documents........................................................ 48

82.......... Law relating to legal professional privilege not affected.................... 49

83.......... Severability....................................................................................... 49

Part 5—Telecommunications Universal Service Special Account           50

84.......... Telecommunications Universal Service Special Account.................. 50

85.......... Credits to the Account....................................................................... 50

86.......... Purposes of the Account................................................................... 50

87.......... Distribution of remaining balance of the Account............................. 51

Part 6—Assessment, collection and recovery of levy                                       52

Division 1—Overall levy target amount                                                           52

88.......... Overall levy target amount................................................................ 52

89.......... Statement of estimate of overall levy target amount........................... 52

90.......... Statement of overall levy target amount............................................. 53

Division 2—Eligible revenue of participating persons                               55

91.......... Participating person must lodge return of eligible revenue................ 55

92.......... Participating person........................................................................... 55

93.......... Eligible revenue................................................................................. 56

94.......... Audit report to accompany eligible revenue return............................ 57

95.......... ACMA may inquire into correctness of return.................................. 58

96.......... ACMA to assess eligible revenue..................................................... 58

97.......... Assessment based on estimate of eligible revenue............................ 58

98.......... Levy contribution factor.................................................................... 59

Division 3—Levy amount                                                                                          60

99.......... Levy amount of a participating person.............................................. 60

100........ ACMA to make written assessment.................................................. 61

101........ Publication of assessment................................................................. 62

Division 4—Assessments                                                                                            63

102........ Variation of assessments................................................................... 63

103........ ACMA may accept statements.......................................................... 63

104........ Multiple assessments in the same document..................................... 63

Division 5—Collection and recovery of levy                                                  64

105........ When levy payable............................................................................ 64

106........ Recovery of levy............................................................................... 64

107........ Validity of assessment...................................................................... 64

108........ Evidence of assessment..................................................................... 64

109........ Onus of establishing incorrectness of assessment............................. 65

110........ Set-off............................................................................................... 65

111........ Refund of overpayment of levy......................................................... 65

112........ Cancellation of certain exemptions from levy.................................... 66

113........ Commonwealth not liable to levy...................................................... 66

114........ Performance bonds and guarantees................................................... 66

Division 6—Disclosure of information                                                               67

115........ Public may request information......................................................... 67

116........ Request for information that is unavailable under section 115.......... 67

117........ How the ACMA is to comply with a request.................................... 69

118........ Minister’s information-gathering powers.......................................... 69

Division 7—Other matters                                                                                       71

119........ Delegation by the Minister................................................................ 71

120........ Offence of failing to lodge eligible revenue return............................ 71

121........ Late payment penalty......................................................................... 71

Part 7—Miscellaneous                                                                                                        73

122........ Disclosure of information to the ACMA and the ACCC.................. 73

123........ Review of the operation of this Act................................................... 73

124........ Compensation for acquisition of property......................................... 74

125........ Regulations....................................................................................... 75

 



A Bill for an Act to establish the Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency, and for other purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts: