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Schedule 6—Numbering arrangements

Schedule 6 Numbering arrangements

Part 1 Amendment of the Telecommunications Act 1997

Telecommunications Act 1997

1  Section 5

Omit:

•      The ACMA may regulate numbering by means of a numbering plan .

substitute:

•      Numbering may be administered by a numbering scheme manager or by the ACMA.

2  Section 7 (subparagraph (b)(iv) of the definition of emergency call service )

Repeal the subparagraph, substitute:

                            (iv)  if there is a numbering scheme manager—a service specified by the ACMA for the purposes of this subparagraph in a legislative instrument; or

                          (iva)  if there is no numbering scheme manager—a service specified for the purposes of this subparagraph in the numbering plan made by the ACMA; or

3  Section 7 (subparagraph (b)(v) of the definition of emergency call service )

Omit “or (iv)”, substitute “, (iv) or (iva)”.

4  Section 7

Insert:

numbering scheme means the scheme for planning and managing:

                     (a)  the numbering of carriage services in Australia; and

                     (b)  the use of numbers in connection with the supply of such services; and

                     (c)  the specification, allocation and issuing of numbers for that use.

numbering scheme manager : see subsection 454A(2).

numbering scheme principles : see subsection 454C(2).

5  Subsection 285(2) (definition of public number )

Omit “in the numbering plan as mentioned in subsection 455(3)”, substitute “for use in connection with the supply of carriage services to the public in Australia (within the meaning of subsection 456(2))”.

6  Subparagraph 286(c)(v)

Repeal the subparagraph, substitute:

                             (v)  if there is a numbering scheme manager—a service specified by the ACMA for the purposes of this subparagraph in a legislative instrument; or

                           (va)  if there is no numbering scheme manager—a service specified for the purposes of this subparagraph in the numbering plan made by the ACMA; or

7  Subparagraph 286(c)(vi)

Omit “or (v)”, substitute “, (v) or (va)”.

8  Section 454

Omit:

•      The ACMA is required to make a plan for:

       (a)     the numbering of carriage services in Australia; and

      (b)     the use of numbers in connection with the supply of such services.

•      The plan is called the numbering plan.

substitute:

•      The numbering of carriages services in Australia, and the use of numbers in connection with the supply of such services, may either be:

       (a)     managed by a numbering scheme manager determined by the Minister; or

      (b)     administered by the ACMA under a numbering plan.

9  Section 454

Omit:

•      The numbering plan will specify emergency service numbers.

substitute:

•      The ACMA will specify emergency service numbers.

10  Before Subdivision A of Division 2 of Part 22

Insert:

Subdivision AA Management by numbering scheme manager

454A   Minister may determine numbering scheme manager

             (1)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, determine that a specified person is to manage the numbering scheme.

             (2)  The person is the numbering scheme manager .

             (3)  The Minister must not determine a person as the numbering scheme manager unless the Minister is satisfied that the person will manage the numbering scheme in accordance with the numbering scheme principles.

             (4)  Before determining a person as the numbering scheme manager, the Minister must consult with the ACMA and the ACCC.

454B   No property rights in numbers

                   Determination of a person as the numbering scheme manager does not confer any property rights in numbers used in connection with the supply of carriage services in Australia.

454C   Numbering scheme principles

             (1)  The numbering scheme manager must manage the numbering scheme in accordance with the numbering scheme principles.

             (2)  The numbering scheme principles are as follows:

                     (a)  there must be an adequate and appropriate supply of numbers for carriage services;

                     (b)  future needs for numbering must be planned for, having regard to community needs, industry needs and global trends;

                     (c)  numbering arrangements must be effective and efficient and support the effective and efficient supply of carriage services;

                     (d)  numbering arrangements must have regard to recognised international standards and ensure that numbering in Australia operates in conjunction with international numbering arrangements;

                     (e)  there must be fair and transparent access to numbers for all carriage service providers, and numbering arrangements must support competition in the supply of carriage services;

                      (f)  the interests of users of carriage services must be protected, including in relation to the use and portability of numbers;

                     (g)  the numbering scheme’s provisions for the portability of numbers must be consistent with any directions made by the ACCC to the ACMA under subsection 458(2) in relation to portability of numbers;

                     (h)  the numbering scheme must support the use of emergency call services;

                      (i)  numbering arrangements must meet the requirements of Australian law enforcement and national security agencies;

                      (j)  numbering arrangements must provide for the collection of charges imposed under the Telecommunications (Numbering Charges) Act 1997 ;

                     (k)  the Register (see section 465) must be kept up to date;

                      (l)  the rules and processes of the numbering scheme, including a plan for numbering of carriage services:

                              (i)  must be adhered to by the numbering scheme manager; and

                             (ii)  must be published and available at no charge;

                    (m)  the numbering scheme must include compliance mechanisms to provide for enforcement of scheme rules;

                     (n)  the numbering scheme must make effective complaints processes available to both the telecommunications industry and users of carriage services;

                     (o)  the recovery of costs in relation to the management of the numbering scheme must reasonably reflect costs and must be fair and transparent;

                     (p)  public consultation must be undertaken before any significant change to the numbering scheme;

                     (q)  any additional principles determined by the Minister by legislative instrument.

454D   Revocation of determination

             (1)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, revoke the determination of a person as the numbering scheme manager if:

                     (a)  the Minister is not satisfied the person is managing the numbering scheme in accordance with the numbering scheme principles; or

                     (b)  the Minister is satisfied it is in the best interests of one of more of the following:

                              (i)  the telecommunications industry;

                             (ii)  users of carriage services;

                            (iii)  the general community; or

                     (c)  the Minister is satisfied it is in the best interests of national security.

             (2)  Before the Minister revokes the determination of a person as the numbering scheme manager, the Minister must consult the person, the ACMA and the ACCC.

454E   Directions to numbering scheme manager

Directions by Minister

             (1)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, direct the numbering scheme manager to amend the rules or change the processes of the numbering scheme.

             (2)  The direction must be consistent with the numbering scheme principles.

Directions by the ACMA or the ACCC

             (3)  The ACMA or the ACCC may, by legislative instrument, direct the numbering scheme manager to do, or refrain from doing, a specified act or thing in relation to the management of the numbering scheme.

             (4)  The direction must be consistent with the numbering scheme principles and the rules and processes of the numbering scheme.

             (5)  Before the ACMA gives a direction under this section, it must consult with the Minister, the ACCC and the numbering scheme manager.

             (6)  Before the ACCC gives a direction under this section, it must consult with the Minister, the ACMA and the numbering scheme manager.

Numbering scheme manager must comply with directions

             (7)  The numbering scheme manager must comply with a direction under this section.

             (8)  Subsection (7) is a civil penalty provision.

Note:          Part 31 provides for pecuniary penalties for breaches of civil penalty provisions.

454F   Numbering scheme manager providing information to the ACMA

             (1)  The ACMA may, in writing, request information from the numbering scheme manager relating to numbers for carriage services.

             (2)  The ACMA may request the information for the following purposes:

                     (a)  identifying persons liable for a charge under the Telecommunications (Numbering Charges) Act 1997 ;

                     (b)  working out the amount of a charge under that Act;

                     (c)  otherwise administering charges under that Act.

             (3)  The request may specify the form in which the information is required, such as a written report.

             (4)  The numbering scheme manager must comply with a request under this section.

             (5)  Subsection (4) is a civil penalty provision.

Note:          Part 31 provides for pecuniary penalties for breaches of civil penalty provisions.

454G   Directions to comply with rules

             (1)  The ACMA or the ACCC may, by written notice given to a person who is:

                             (a)  a carriage service provider; or

                             (b)  a carrier; or

                             (c)  a person of a kind determined by the Minister in a legislative instrument;

direct the person to comply with a rule or process published by the numbering scheme manager.

             (2)  The person must comply with the direction.

             (3)  Subsection (2) is a civil penalty provision.

Note:          Part 31 provides for pecuniary penalties for breaches of civil penalty provisions.

             (4)  A direction under subsection (1) is not a legislative instrument.

454H   Numbering scheme documents are not legislative instruments

                   Documents containing the rules and processes of the numbering scheme, including a plan for numbering of carriage services, are not legislative instruments.

11  Subdivision A of Division 2 of Part 22 (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

Subdivision A Management by the ACMA

12  Before section 455

Insert:

455A   Application

                   This Subdivision does not apply if there is a numbering scheme manager (see section 454A).

13  After section 459

Insert:

459A   Delegation

             (1)  The ACMA may, by writing, delegate any or all of the powers conferred on the ACMA by the numbering plan to a body corporate.

             (2)  If, under section 50 of the Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005 , the ACMA has delegated a power referred to in subsection (1) to a Division of the ACMA:

                     (a)  the Division may delegate the power to a body corporate; and

                     (b)  subsections 52(2), (3), (4), (5) and (6) of the Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005 have effect as if the delegation by the Division were a delegation under section 52 of that Act.

             (3)  The delegate is, in the exercise of a delegated power, subject to the written directions of:

                     (a)  the ACMA, if the delegation to the delegate was under subsection (1); or

                     (b)  the Division that delegated the power, if the delegation to the delegate was under subsection (2).

             (4)  Before giving a direction under subsection (3), the ACMA or the Division (as the case requires) must consult the ACCC.

             (5)  The powers conferred on the ACMA by subsection (1), and on a Division of the ACMA by subsection (2), are in addition to the powers conferred by sections 50, 51 and 52 of the Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005 .

14  After section 461

Insert:

461A   Making numbering plan in cases of urgency

             (1)  This section applies if the ACMA is satisfied that it is necessary to make or vary a numbering plan as a matter of urgency to ensure that numbering of carriage services and the use of numbers are properly managed in the absence of a numbering scheme manager.

             (2)  In the circumstances described in subsection (1):

                     (a)  the ACMA is not required to comply with section 460 before making or varying a plan; and

                     (b)  the ACMA is not required to consult the ACCC in accordance with subsection 461(1) if it is not practicable to do so.

             (3)  If a numbering plan is made or varied in the circumstances described in subsection (1), the plan ceases to have effect 12 months after it was made or varied.

             (4)  Subsection (3) does not prevent the ACMA from repealing the plan and making another numbering plan after complying with section 460 and subsection 461(1).

15  Before section 463

Insert:

463A   Numbering scheme manager

             (1)  If there is a numbering scheme manager, the allocation system determined by the ACMA under this Subdivision may be prepared by the numbering scheme manager.

             (2)  However, the ACMA must not determine an allocation system that does not meet the ACMA’s requirements (including in relation to the Telecommunications (Numbering Charges) Act 1997 ).

16  At the end of section 463

Add:

             (8)  The ACMA may delegate any of the powers conferred on the ACMA by an allocation system to the numbering scheme manager or another person.

17  After paragraph 465(1)(a)

Insert:

                    (aa)  if there is a numbering scheme manager—the numbering scheme manager; or

18  Paragraph 465(2)(a)

Omit “under the authority of the numbering plan”.

19  Paragraph 466(1)(d)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (d)  if there is a numbering scheme manager—a service specified by the ACMA for the purposes of this paragraph in a legislative instrument;

                     (e)  if there is no numbering scheme manager—a service specified for the purposes of this paragraph in the numbering plan made by the ACMA.

20  Subsection 466(2)

Omit all the words after “specified”, substitute:

                   for the purposes of this section in:

                     (a)  if there is a numbering scheme manager—a legislative instrument made by the ACMA; or

                     (b)  if there is no numbering scheme manager—the numbering plan made by the ACMA.

21  Subsections 466(3) and (4)

Omit “The numbering plan may specify different numbers”, substitute “Different emergency service numbers may be specified”.

22  Subsection 466(5)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (5)  Rules about the use of emergency service numbers may be set out in:

                     (a)  the rules and processes published by the numbering scheme manager; or

                     (b)  the numbering plan made by the ACMA.

23  Subsection 466(6)

Omit “In making the numbering plan”, substitute “In specifying emergency service numbers”.

24  Section 467

Repeal the section.

25  Subsection 468(10)

After “the ACMA”, insert “or the numbering scheme manager”.

26  At the end of subsection 468(10)

Add “and the numbering scheme”.

27  Subsection 472(7) (definition of public number )

Repeal the definition, substitute:

public number means a number specified for use in connection with the supply of carriage services to the public in Australia (within the meaning of subsection 456(2)).

28  Subclause 10(3) of Schedule 2 (definition of public number )

Repeal the definition, substitute:

public number means a number specified for use in connection with the supply of carriage services to the public in Australia (within the meaning of subsection 456(2)).

29  Subclause 11(3) of Schedule 2 (definition of public number )

Repeal the definition, substitute:

public number means a number specified for use in connection with the supply of carriage services to the public in Australia (within the meaning of subsection 456(2)).

Part 2 Amendments of other Acts

Do Not Call Register Act 2006

30  Section 4 (definition of Australian number )

Repeal the definition, substitute:

Australian number means a number that is:

                     (a)  specified in:

                              (i)  the numbering scheme referred to in section 454A of the Telecommunications Act 1997 ; or

                             (ii)  the numbering plan referred to in section 455 of that Act; and

                     (b)  for use in connection with the supply of carriage services to the public in Australia, within the meaning of subsection 456(2) of that Act.

Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999

31  Subsection 147(11) (paragraph (d) of the definition of emergency service organisation )

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (d)  if there is a numbering scheme manager—a service specified by the ACMA for the purposes of this paragraph in a legislative instrument; or

                   (da)  if there is no numbering scheme manager—a service specified for the purposes of this paragraph in the numbering plan made by the ACMA; or

32  Subsection 147(11) (paragraph (e) of the definition of emergency service organisation )

Omit “or (d)”, substitute “, (d) or (da)”.

Telecommunications (Numbering Charges) Amendment Act 2016

33  Subsection 2(1) (table item 1, column 2, paragraph (b))

Omit “ Communications Legislation Amendment (Deregulation and Other Measures) Act 2016 ”, substitute “ Communications Legislation Amendment (Deregulation and Other Measures) Act 2019 ”.

Part 3 Transitional provisions

34  Delegations by ACMA

(1)       A delegation under subsection 467(1) of the Telecommunications Act 1997 that was in force immediately before the commencement of this Schedule has effect immediately after that commencement as if it had been made under subsection 459A(1) of that Act.

(2)       A delegation under paragraph 467(1A)(a) of the Telecommunications Act 1997 that was in force immediately before the commencement of this Schedule has effect immediately after that commencement as if it had been made under paragraph 459A(2)(a) of that Act.