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Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Broadcasting Reform) Bill 2017

2016-2017

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Broadcasting Reform) Bill 2017

 

No.      , 2017

 

(Communications and the Arts)

 

 

 

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

   

   



Contents

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

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

3............ Schedules............................................................................................ 3

Schedule 1—Abolition of the 75% audience reach rule                                  4

Broadcasting Services Act 1992                                                                                4

Schedule 2—Abolition of the 2 out of 3 cross-media control rule             5

Broadcasting Services Act 1992                                                                                5

Schedule 3—Local programming requirements for regional commercial television broadcasting licensees                                                                                                                               7

Part 1—New local programming requirements                                                 7

Broadcasting Services Act 1992                                                                                7

Part 2—Abolition of old local programming requirements                       17

Broadcasting Services Act 1992                                                                              17

Schedule 4—Anti-siphoning                                                                                           18

Part 1—Amendments                                                                                                   18

Broadcasting Services Act 1992                                                                              18

Broadcasting Services (Events) Notice (No. 1) 2010                                           19

Part 2—Transitional                                                                                                      23

Schedule 5—Abolition of licence fees and datacasting charges                24

Part 1—Repeals                                                                                                               24

Division 1—Repeals                                                                                                   24

Broadcasting Services (Datacasting Charge) Regulations 2001                     24

Datacasting Charge (Imposition) Act 1998                                                          24

Datacasting Transmitter Licence Fees Act 2006                                                  24

Radio Licence Fees Act 1964                                                                                   24

Television Licence Fees Act 1964                                                                           24

Division 2—Application provisions                                                                         25

Part 2—Amendments                                                                                                   27

Division 1—Amendments                                                                                         27

Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005                            27

Broadcasting Services Act 1992                                                                              27

Radiocommunications Act 1992                                                                              28

Division 2—Application provisions                                                                         28

Division 3—Refund of overpayments                                                                    30

Schedule 6—Taxation and transitional support payments                          31

Part 1—General amendments                                                                                  31

Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005                            31

Broadcasting Services Act 1992                                                                              31

Radiocommunications Act 1992                                                                              36

Radiocommunications Taxes Collection Act 1983                                              38

Part 2—Termination of the liability of commercial broadcasters to pay transmitter licence tax 44

Radiocommunications (Transmitter Licence Tax) Act 1983                              44

Part 3—Transitional support payments                                                               48

Schedule 7—Review of taxation arrangements etc.                                         53

Broadcasting Services Act 1992                                                                              53

 

 



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

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1   Short title

                   This Act is the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Broadcasting Reform) Act 2017 .

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

Provisions

Commencement

Date/Details

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.  Schedules 1 and 2

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

3.  Schedule 3, Part 1

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

4.  Schedule 3, Part 2

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

 

5.  Schedule 4

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

6.  Schedule 5, item 1

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

7.  Schedule 5, item 2

1 July 2016.

1 July 2016

8.  Schedule 5, items 3 to 5

1 January 2017.

1 January 2017

9.  Schedule 5, item 6

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

10.  Schedule 5, item 7

1 July 2016.

1 July 2016

11.  Schedule 5, items 8 to 10

1 January 2017.

1 January 2017

12.  Schedule 5, Part 2

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

13.  Schedule 6, Part 1

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

14.  Schedule 6, Part 2

1 July 2017.

1 July 2017

15.  Schedule 6, Part 3

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

16.  Schedule 7

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   Schedules

                   Legislation 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:          The provisions of the Broadcasting Services (Events) Notice (No. 1) 2010 amended or inserted by this Act, and any other provisions of that notice, may be amended or repealed by a legislative instrument made under section 115 of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (see subsection 13(5) of the Legislation Act 2003 ).