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Radiocommunications Amendment Bill 2010

Schedule 1 Amendments

   

Radiocommunications Act 1992

1  Paragraph 78(a)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (a)  states where information may be obtained about:

                              (i)  the spectrum licences that will expire during a period specified in the notice; and

                             (ii)  the parts of the spectrum to which they relate; and

2  Subsection 79(1)

Omit “during the period of 2 years”.

3  Subsection 82(3)

Omit “licenses”, substitute “licences”.

4  Subsection 82(4)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (4)  A determination is a legislative instrument, but section 42 (disallowance) of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003 does not apply to the determination.

5  After subsection 136(1)

Insert:

          (1A)  In addition to subsection (1), if the variation of a class licence would affect the spectrum allocated, to be allocated or to be re-allocated by issuing or re-issuing spectrum licences, before varying the class licence:

                     (a)  the ACMA must be satisfied that:

                              (i)  the variation of the class licence would not result in unacceptable levels of interference to the operation of radiocommunications devices operated, or likely to be operated, under spectrum licences; and

                             (ii)  the variation of the class licence would be in the public interest; and

                     (b)  the ACMA must consult all licensees of spectrum licences who may be affected by the proposed variation of the class licence.

6  Subsection 136(5)

After “subsection (1)”, insert “, (1A)”.

7  Section 138

Repeal the section, substitute:

138  Parts of the spectrum allocated for spectrum licences

             (1)  The ACMA must not issue a class licence that authorises the operation of radiocommunications devices at frequencies that are within a part of the spectrum that is:

                     (a)  designated under section 36 to be allocated by issuing spectrum licences; or

                     (b)  specified in a spectrum re-allocation declaration that gives effect to paragraph 153B(6)(a);

unless subsection (2) is satisfied.

             (2)  Before issuing a class licence:

                     (a)  the ACMA must be satisfied that:

                              (i)  issuing the class licence would not result in unacceptable levels of interference to the operation of radiocommunications devices operated, or likely to be operated, under spectrum licences; and

                             (ii)  issuing the class licence would be in the public interest; and

                     (b)  the ACMA must consult all licensees of spectrum licences who may be affected by the proposed class licence.

8  Paragraph 294(1)(a)

Omit “licenses”, substitute “licences”.

9  Subsection 294(5)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (5)  A direction made under subsection (2) is not a legislative instrument.

10  Application

(1)       The amendment made by item 1 applies to a notice published in the Gazette on or after the day this item commences.

(2)       The amendment made by item 4 applies to a determination made by the Minister on or after the day this item commences.

(3)       The amendment made by item 7 applies:

                     (a)  in respect of spectrum for which a spectrum licence is not in force on the day this item commences—to the issue of a class licence on or after the day this item commences; and

                     (b)  in respect of spectrum for which a spectrum licence is in force on the day this item commences—to the issue of a class licence:

                              (i)  after the day the spectrum licence expires; or

                             (ii)  on or after the day the spectrum licence is re-issued.

(4)       The amendment made by item 9 applies to a direction made on or after the day this item commences.