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Schedule 3—Monitoring of the telecommunications industry

Schedule 3 Monitoring of the telecommunications industry

   

Competition and Consumer Act 2010

1  Section 151AA

Omit:

•      Carriers and carriage service providers may be directed to file tariff information with the Commission. The direction is called a tariff filing direction .

2  Section 151AB (definition of tariff filing direction )

Repeal the definition.

3  Divisions 4 and 5 of Part XIB

Repeal the Divisions.

4  Paragraph 151BU(4)(b)

Repeal the paragraph.

5  After subsection 151BU(4)

Insert:

          (4A)  The Commission must review any rules for keeping or retaining records containing information relevant to the operation of Division 12 of this Part at least once in each of the following periods:

                     (a)  the period of 1 year after the commencement of this subsection;

                     (b)  the period of 5 years after the completion of the previous review.

          (4B)  In reviewing rules under subsection (4A), the Commission must have regard to:

                     (a)  whether the information is publically available; and

                     (b)  whether consumer demand for the goods and services to which the information relates has changed; and

                     (c)  the usefulness of the information to consumers, industry, the Minister and Parliament.

6  Division 7 of Part XIB (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

Division 7 Enforcement of the competition rule, record-keeping rules and disclosure directions

7  Section 151BW (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

151BW   Person involved in a contravention of the competition rule, a record-keeping rule or a disclosure direction

8  Section 151BW

Omit “a tariff filing direction,”.

9  Section 151BX (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

151BX   Pecuniary penalties for breach of the competition rule, a record-keeping rule or a disclosure direction

10  Paragraphs 151BX(1)(a), (b) and (c)

Omit “a tariff filing direction,”.

11  Paragraph 151BX(3)(b)

Repeal the paragraph.

12  Paragraph 151BX(4)(b)

Omit “any other case”, substitute “the case of a contravention of the competition rule”.

13  Paragraph 151BX(5)(a)

Repeal the paragraph.

14  Subsection 151BX(5)

Omit “tariff filing directions,”.

15  Section 151BZ (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

151BZ   Criminal proceedings not to be brought for contraventions of the competition rule, record-keeping rules or disclosure directions

16  Paragraphs 151BZ(1)(a), (b) and (c)

Omit “a tariff filing direction,”.

17  Subsection 151BZ(2)

Repeal the subsection.

18  Paragraphs 151CA(1)(a) to (f)

Omit “a tariff filing direction,”.

19  Subsection 151CD(1)

Omit “or a tariff filing direction”.

20  Subsection 151CI(3)

Repeal the subsection.

21  Paragraph 151CJ(1)(d)

Omit “151BQ,”.

22  Subsection 151CL(1)

Omit “to the Minister”.

23  Subsection 151CL(2)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (2)  The Commission must publish a report under subsection (1) on its website as soon as practicable and no later than 6 months after the end of the financial year concerned.

24  Subsection 151CL(5)

Omit “this section”, substitute “subsection (3)”.

25  Subsection 151CL(6)

Repeal the subsection.

26  Subsection 151CM(1)

Omit all the words after “each financial year”, substitute “on, charges paid by consumers in telecommunications markets”.

27  Subsections 151CM(2) to (5)

Repeal the subsections, substitute:

             (2)  The Commission may decide which charges to monitor and report on, having regard to which goods or services are most commonly used by consumers.

             (3)  The Commission must publish the report on its website as soon as practicable and no later than 6 months after the end of the financial year concerned.

Telecommunications Act 1997

28  Section 104

Omit “monitor, and report each year to the Minister on, significant matters”, substitute “monitor and report each financial year on matters”.

29  Subsections 105(1) to (4)

Repeal the subsections.

30  Subsection 105(5A)

Omit “to the Minister”.

31  Subsections 105(6) to (8)

Repeal the subsections, substitute:

             (6)  The ACMA must publish a report under subsection (5A) on its website as soon as practicable and no later than 6 months after the end of the financial year concerned.

32  At the end of section 105A

Add:

             (3)  If the direction requires the report to be in a specified form, the report must be in that form.

             (4)  The ACMA must comply with any requirement in the direction as to the publication of the report.