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Schedule 1—Amendments commencing on the day after Royal Assent

Schedule 1 Amendments commencing on the day after Royal Assent

Part 1 Amendments

Telecommunications Act 1997

1  Section 7

Insert:

demerged Telstra company has the meaning given by section 581J.

designated Telstra successor company : see section 581G.

Telstra successor company : see section 581F.

2  Before subsection 577BA(11)

Insert:

        (10C)  If:

                     (a)  a contract, arrangement or understanding (the first contract, arrangement or understanding ) is covered by another subsection of this section; and

                     (b)  the first contract, arrangement or understanding was in force immediately before the commencement of this subsection; and

                     (c)  one or more designated Telstra successor companies and one or more NBN corporations enter into to another contract, arrangement or understanding; and

                     (d)  the sole purpose of the other contract, arrangement or understanding is to do any or all of the following:

                              (i)  provide that an obligation imposed on Telstra under the first contract, arrangement or understanding extends to one or more designated Telstra successor companies;

                             (ii)  provide that a right conferred on Telstra under the first contract, arrangement or understanding extends to one or more designated Telstra successor companies;

                            (iii)  provide that an obligation that an NBN corporation owes to Telstra under the first contract, arrangement or understanding extends so that the obligation is also owed to one or more designated Telstra successor companies;

                            (iv)  provide that a right that an NBN corporation has against Telstra under the first contract, arrangement or understanding extends so that the right is also against one or more designated Telstra successor companies;

then:

                     (d)  the entering into of the other contract, arrangement or understanding; and

                     (e)  conduct engaged in by:

                              (i)  a designated Telstra successor company; or

                             (ii)  an NBN corporation; or

                            (iii)  a body corporate that is a related body corporate (within the meaning of the Corporations Act 2001 ) of a designated Telstra successor company; or

                            (iv)  a body corporate that is a related body corporate (within the meaning of the Corporations Act 2001 ) of an NBN corporation;

                            in order to give effect to the other contract, arrangement or understanding;

is authorised for the purposes of subsection 51(1) of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 .

3  After Part 34

Insert:

Part 34A Telstra successor companies and designated Telstra successor companies

Division 1 Introduction

581A   Simplified outline of this Part

•      This Part sets out a mechanism for identifying Telstra successor companies and designated Telstra successor companies.

•      If a Telstra successor company or a designated Telstra successor company transfers the whole or part of a telecommunications business, the company must notify the ACMA of the transfer.

•      If a Telstra successor company or a designated Telstra successor company proposes to transfer the whole or part of a prescribed business and the transferee is not a constitutional corporation, the company must notify the ACMA of the proposed transfer.

•      If a Telstra successor company or a designated Telstra successor company transfers a telecommunications asset, the company must notify the ACMA of the transfer.

•      If a Telstra successor company or a designated Telstra successor company proposes to transfer a prescribed asset and the transferee is not a constitutional corporation, the company must notify the ACMA of the proposed transfer.

Note:          Certain telecommunications laws impose obligations on, or in relation to, Telstra successor companies or designated Telstra successor companies.

581B   Object of this Part

                   The object of this Part, when read together with various other provisions of telecommunications laws that refer to a Telstra successor company or a designated Telstra successor company, is to achieve regulatory equivalence between:

                     (a)  Telstra as it stood at the end of July 2021; and

                     (b)  companies that are the successors (whether immediate or otherwise) of Telstra.

581C   Company

                   For the purposes of this Part, company means a body corporate.

581D   Telecommunications law

                   For the purposes of this Part, telecommunications law means:

                     (a)  this Act; or

                     (b)  the Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999 ; or

                     (c)  Part XIB of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 ; or

                     (d)  Part XIC of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 ; or

                     (e)  the Telstra Corporation Act 1991 ; or

                      (f)  an instrument made under or for the purposes of:

                              (i)  this Act; or

                             (ii)  the Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999 ; or

                            (iii)  Part XIB of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 ; or

                            (iv)  Part XIC of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 ; or

                             (v)  the Telstra Corporation Act 1991 .

581E   Prescribed telecommunications law

                   For the purposes of this Part, prescribed telecommunications law means:

                     (a)  the Telstra Corporation Act 1991 ; or

                     (b)  this Part; or

                     (c)  an instrument made under or for the purposes of:

                              (i)  the Telstra Corporation Act 1991 ; or

                             (ii)  this Part.

Division 2 Telstra successor company and designated Telstra successor company

581F   Telstra successor company

             (1)  For the purposes of each prescribed telecommunications law, Telstra successor company means a demerged Telstra company.

Note:          For demerged Telstra company , see section 581J.

             (2)  Subsection (1) has effect subject to subsections (6), (7) and (8).

Declarations—extended meaning of Telstra successor company

             (3)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, declare that a specified company (other than a demerged Telstra company) is a Telstra successor company for the purposes of each prescribed telecommunications law.

Note 1:       For criteria, see section 581H.

Note 2:       For specification by class, see subsection 13(3) of the Legislation Act 2003 .

             (4)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, declare that a specified company (other than a demerged Telstra company) is a Telstra successor company for the purposes of one or more specified prescribed telecommunications laws.

Note 1:       For criteria, see section 581H.

Note 2:       For specification by class, see subsection 13(3) of the Legislation Act 2003 .

             (5)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, declare that a specified company (other than a demerged Telstra company) is a Telstra successor company for the purposes of one or more specified provisions of one or more prescribed telecommunications laws.

Note 1:       For criteria, see section 581H.

Note 2:       For specification by class, see subsection 13(3) of the Legislation Act 2003 .

Declarations—excluded company

             (6)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, declare that a specified company is not a Telstra successor company for the purposes of each prescribed telecommunications law.

Note:          For specification by class, see subsection 13(3) of the Legislation Act 2003 .

             (7)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, declare that a specified company is a not a Telstra successor company for the purposes of one or more specified prescribed telecommunications laws.

Note:          For specification by class, see subsection 13(3) of the Legislation Act 2003 .

             (8)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, declare that a specified company is a not a Telstra successor company for the purposes of one or more specified provisions of one or more prescribed telecommunications laws.

Note:          For specification by class, see subsection 13(3) of the Legislation Act 2003 .

Declaration is irrevocable

             (9)  A declaration under subsection (6), (7) or (8) is irrevocable.

           (10)  Subsection (9) does not prevent a declaration from being disallowed under the Legislation Act 2003 .

Declarations may be unconditional or conditional

           (11)  A declaration under this section may be unconditional or subject to such conditions (if any) as are specified in the declaration.

581G   Designated Telstra successor company

             (1)  For the purposes of each telecommunications law, designated Telstra successor company means a demerged Telstra company.

Note:          For demerged Telstra company , see section 581J.

             (2)  Subsection (1) has effect subject to subsections (6), (7) and (8).

Declarations—extended meaning of designated Telstra successor company

             (3)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, declare that a specified company (other than a demerged Telstra company) is a designated Telstra successor company for the purposes of each telecommunications law.

Note 1:       For criteria, see section 581H.

Note 2:       For specification by class, see subsection 13(3) of the Legislation Act 2003 .

             (4)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, declare that a specified company (other than a demerged Telstra company) is a designated Telstra successor company for the purposes of one or more specified telecommunications laws.

Note 1:       For criteria, see section 581H.

Note 2:       For specification by class, see subsection 13(3) of the Legislation Act 2003 .

             (5)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, declare that a specified company (other than a demerged Telstra company) is a designated Telstra successor company for the purposes of one or more specified provisions of one or more telecommunications laws.

Note 1:       For criteria, see section 581H.

Note 2:       For specification by class, see subsection 13(3) of the Legislation Act 2003 .

Declarations—excluded company

             (6)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, declare that a specified company is not a designated Telstra successor company for the purposes of each telecommunications law.

Note:          For specification by class, see subsection 13(3) of the Legislation Act 2003 .

             (7)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, declare that a specified company is a not a designated Telstra successor company for the purposes of one or more specified telecommunications laws.

Note:          For specification by class, see subsection 13(3) of the Legislation Act 2003 .

             (8)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, declare that a specified company is a not designated Telstra successor company for the purposes of one or more specified provisions of one or more telecommunications laws.

Note:          For specification by class, see subsection 13(3) of the Legislation Act 2003 .

Declaration is irrevocable

             (9)  A declaration under subsection (6), (7) or (8) is irrevocable.

           (10)  Subsection (9) does not prevent a declaration from being disallowed under the Legislation Act 2003 .

Declarations may be unconditional or conditional

           (11)  A declaration under this section may be unconditional or subject to such conditions (if any) as are specified in the declaration.

581H   Declarations—criteria

             (1)  In deciding whether to specify a company (the relevant company ) in a declaration under subsection 581F(3), (4) or (5) or 581G(3), (4) or (5) , the Minister must have regard to the following matters:

                     (a)  the object set out in section 581B;

                     (b)  the compliance burden (if any) that would result for the relevant company if the declaration were made;

                     (c)  whether a Telstra successor company or a designated Telstra successor company has transferred the whole or a part of a telecommunications business to the relevant company;

                     (d)  whether a Telstra successor company or a designated Telstra successor company has transferred a telecommunications asset to the relevant company;

                     (e)  such other matters (if any) as the Minister considers relevant.

             (2)  The Minister must not specify a company in a declaration under subsection 581F(3), (4) or (5) or 581G(3), (4) or (5) unless the company:

                     (a)  is a constitutional corporation; or

                     (b)  carries on a telecommunications business covered by paragraph 581L(1)(a), (b) or (c).

581J   Demerged Telstra company

                   For the purposes of this Act, each of the following companies is a demerged Telstra company :

                     (a)  Telstra Group Limited (ACN 650 620 303), as the company exists from time to time (even if its name is later changed);

                     (b)  Telstra Infraco Limited (ACN 051 775 556), as the company exists from time to time (even if its name is later changed);

                     (c)  Amplitel Pty Ltd (ACN 648 133 073), as the company exists from time to time (even if its name is later changed);

                     (d)  Telstra Limited (ACN 086 174 781), as the company exists from time to time (even if its name is later changed).

Note:          See also section 581U (transitional—references in legislation to Telstra Infraco Limited).

581K   ACMA to maintain register of Telstra successor companies and designated Telstra successor companies etc.

             (1)  The ACMA is to maintain a Register in which the ACMA includes:

                     (a)  for each company that is a Telstra successor company for the purposes of each prescribed telecommunications law because of subsection 581F(1)—the name and ACN of that company; and

                     (b)  for each company that is a Telstra successor company for the purposes of each prescribed telecommunications law because of a declaration under subsection 581F(3):

                              (i)  the name and ACN of that company; and

                             (ii)  the details of the declaration; and

                     (c)  for each company that is a Telstra successor company for the purposes of one or more prescribed telecommunications laws because of a declaration under subsection 581F(4):

                              (i)  the name and ACN of that company; and

                             (ii)  the details of the declaration; and

                     (d)  for each company that is a Telstra successor company for the purposes of one or more provisions of one or more prescribed telecommunications laws because of a declaration under subsection 581F(5):

                              (i)  the name and ACN of that company; and

                             (ii)  the details of the declaration; and

                     (e)  for each company that is covered by a declaration under subsection 581F(6), (7) or (8):

                              (i)  the name and ACN of that company; and

                             (ii)  the details of the declaration; and

                      (f)  for each company that is a designated Telstra successor company for the purposes of each telecommunications law because of subsection 581G(1)—the name and ACN of that company; and

                     (g)  for each company that is a designated Telstra successor company for the purposes of each telecommunications law because of a declaration under subsection 581G(3):

                              (i)  the name and ACN of that company; and

                             (ii)  the details of the declaration; and

                     (h)  for each company that is a designated Telstra successor company for the purposes of one or more telecommunications laws because of a declaration under subsection 581G(4):

                              (i)  the name and ACN of that company; and

                             (ii)  the details of the declaration; and

                      (i)  for each company that is a designated Telstra successor company for the purposes of one or more provisions of one or more telecommunications laws because of a declaration under subsection 581G(5):

                              (i)  the name and ACN of that company; and

                             (ii)  the details of the declaration; and

                      (j)  for each company that is covered by a declaration under subsection 581G(6), (7) or (8):

                              (i)  the name and ACN of that company; and

                             (ii)  the details of the declaration.

             (2)  The Register is to be maintained by electronic means.

             (3)  The Register is to be made available for inspection on the ACMA’s website.

             (4)  The Register is not a legislative instrument.

Division 3 Transfer of business

581L   Telecommunications business

             (1)  For the purposes of this Part, telecommunications business means:

                     (a)  a business that consists of or includes the supply of a listed carriage service; or

                     (b)  a business that consists of or includes the supply of a service that facilitates the supply of a listed carriage service; or

                     (c)  a business that consists of or includes installing, maintaining, operating or providing access to:

                              (i)  a telecommunications network; or

                             (ii)  a facility;

                            used to supply a listed carriage service; or

                     (d)  a business that is covered by a declaration under subsection (2);

but does not include a business that is covered by a declaration under subsection (3).

             (2)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, declare that a specified business is a telecommunications business for the purposes of this Part.

Note:          For specification by class, see subsection 13(3) of the Legislation Act 2003 .

             (3)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, declare that a specified business is not a telecommunications business for the purposes of this Part.

Note:          For specification by class, see subsection 13(3) of the Legislation Act 2003 .

581M   Notification of transfer of telecommunications business

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  after the commencement of Schedule 2 to the Telstra Corporation and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2021 , a Telstra successor company or a designated Telstra successor company transfers the whole or a part of a telecommunications business; and

                     (b)  the transfer is not covered by a declaration under subsection (2); and

                     (c)  the telecommunications business is not covered by a declaration under subsection (3); and

                     (d)  the conditions (if any) declared under subsection (4) have been satisfied; and

                     (e)  a declaration is in force under subsection (5);

the company must:

                      (f)  notify the ACMA in writing of the transfer; and

                     (g)  do so within 5 business days after the transfer.

             (2)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, declare that a specified transfer is exempt from subsection (1).

Note:          For specification by class, see subsection 13(3) of the Legislation Act 2003 .

             (3)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, declare that a specified telecommunications business is exempt from subsection (1).

Note:          For specification by class, see subsection 13(3) of the Legislation Act 2003 .

             (4)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, declare one or more conditions for the purposes of paragraph (1)(d).

             (5)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, declare that subsection (1) is active.

             (6)  Subsection (1) is a civil penalty provision.

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

             (7)  If the ACMA receives a notification under subsection (1), the ACMA must give a copy of the notification to the Minister.

581MA   Notification of proposed transfer of prescribed business

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  a company is:

                              (i)  a Telstra successor company or a designated Telstra successor company; and

                             (ii)  a constitutional corporation; and

                     (b)  the company proposes to transfer the whole or a part of a prescribed business after the commencement of Schedule 2 to the Telstra Corporation and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2021 ; and

                     (c)  the proposed transferee is a not a constitutional corporation;

the company must:

                     (d)  notify the ACMA in writing of the proposed transfer; and

                     (e)  do so at least 30 days before the proposed transfer date.

             (2)  Subsection (1) is a civil penalty provision.

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

             (3)  If the ACMA receives a notification under subsection (1), the ACMA must give a copy of the notification to the Minister.

             (4)  For the purposes of this section, prescribed business means a business in a prescribed class of businesses.

             (5)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, declare that one or more specified classes of businesses are prescribed classes of businesses for the purpose of subsection (4).

Division 4 Transfer of assets

581N   Telecommunications asset

             (1)  For the purposes of this Part, telecommunications asset means:

                     (a)  a telecommunications network used, or to be used, to supply a listed carriage service; or

                     (b)  a facility used, or to be used, to supply a listed carriage service; or

                     (c)  an asset covered by a declaration under subsection (2);

but does not include an asset that is covered by a declaration under subsection (3).

             (2)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, declare that a specified asset is a telecommunications asset for the purposes of this Part.

Note:          For specification by class, see subsection 13(3) of the Legislation Act 2003 .

             (3)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, declare that a specified asset is not a telecommunications asset for the purposes of this Part.

Note:          For specification by class, see subsection 13(3) of the Legislation Act 2003 .

581P   Notification of transfer of telecommunications asset

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  after the commencement of Schedule 2 to the Telstra Corporation and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2021 , a Telstra successor company or a designated Telstra successor company transfers a telecommunications asset; and

                     (b)  the transfer is not covered by a declaration under subsection (2); and

                     (c)  the telecommunications asset is not covered by a declaration under subsection (3); and

                     (d)  the conditions (if any) declared under subsection (4) have been satisfied; and

                     (e)  a declaration is in force under subsection (5);

the company must:

                      (f)  notify the ACMA in writing of the transfer; and

                     (g)  do so within 5 business days after the transfer.

             (2)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, declare that a specified transfer is exempt from subsection (1).

Note:          For specification by class, see subsection 13(3) of the Legislation Act 2003 .

             (3)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, declare that a specified telecommunications asset is exempt from subsection (1).

Note:          For specification by class, see subsection 13(3) of the Legislation Act 2003 .

             (4)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, declare one or more conditions for the purposes of paragraph (1)(d).

             (5)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, declare that subsection (1) is active.

             (6)  Subsection (1) is a civil penalty provision.

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

             (7)  If the ACMA receives a notification under subsection (1), the ACMA must give a copy of the notification to the Minister.

581PA   Notification of proposed transfer of prescribed asset

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  a company is:

                              (i)  a Telstra successor company or a designated Telstra successor company; and

                             (ii)  a constitutional corporation; and

                     (b)  the company proposes to transfer a prescribed asset after the commencement of Schedule 2 to the Telstra Corporation and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2021 ; and

                     (c)  the proposed transferee is a not a constitutional corporation;

the company must:

                     (d)  notify the ACMA in writing of the proposed transfer; and

                     (e)  do so at least 30 days before the proposed transfer date.

             (2)  Subsection (1) is a civil penalty provision.

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

             (3)  If the ACMA receives a notification under subsection (1), the ACMA must give a copy of the notification to the Minister.

             (4)  For the purposes of this section, prescribed asset means an asset in a prescribed class of assets.

             (5)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, declare that one or more specified classes of assets are prescribed classes of assets for the purpose of subsection (4).

             (6)  The Minister must not specify a class of assets under subsection (5) unless each asset in the class is, or was, used by a Telstra successor company or a designated Telstra successor company:

                     (a)  in connection with the fulfillment of any of the obligations imposed on the company by or under a telecommunications law; or

                     (b)  in order to maintain the company’s capability (including the technical, operational or organisational capability) to comply with obligations imposed on the company by or under a telecommunications law.

581Q   Transfer of an asset

                   For the purposes of this Part, a transfer of an asset occurs if:

                     (a)  the legal ownership of the asset is transferred in whole or in part; or

                     (b)  the beneficial ownership of the asset is transferred in whole or in part (whether by way of a declaration of trust or in any other way); or

                     (c)  if the asset is the subject of a lease—the lease is transferred.

Division 5 Consultation relating to declarations

581R   Consultation relating to declarations

             (1)  Before making or varying a declaration under this Part (other than Division 2), the Minister must:

                     (a)  make a copy of the draft declaration or variation available on the Department’s website; and

                     (b)  publish a notice on the Department’s website:

                              (i)  stating that the Minister has prepared the draft; and

                             (ii)  inviting interested persons to give written comments about the draft to the Minister within the period specified in the notice.

             (2)  The period specified in the notice must run for at least 30 days after the publication of the notice.

             (3)  If interested persons have given comments in accordance with a notice under subsection (1), the Minister must have due regard to those comments in making or varying the declaration.

Division 6 Directions

581TA   Facilitation of compliance with a direction given by the ACMA

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  a designated Telstra successor company (the first designated Telstra successor company ) is subject to a direction (the first direction ) given by the ACMA under this Act or the Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999 ; and

                     (b)  the ACMA is satisfied that the first designated Telstra successor company has failed, is failing, or is likely to fail, to comply with the first direction;

the ACMA may give:

                     (c)  another designated Telstra successor company; or

                     (d)  a body corporate that is a related body corporate (within the meaning of the Corporations Act 2001 ) of the first designated Telstra successor company;

a written direction to take specified action.

             (2)  The ACMA must not give a direction to a body corporate under subsection (1) unless:

                     (a)  the ACMA is satisfied that the action specified in the direction will facilitate the first designated Telstra successor company complying with the first direction; and

                     (b)  the ACMA is satisfied that the body corporate:

                              (i)  has the capability (including the technical, operational and organisational capability) to comply with the direction; or

                             (ii)  could reasonably acquire the capability (including the technical, operational and organisational capability) to comply with the direction; and

                     (c)  the body corporate:

                              (i)  is a constitutional corporation; or

                             (ii)  carries on a telecommunications business covered by paragraph 581L(1)(a), (b) or (c).

Compliance with requirement

             (3)  A body corporate must comply with a direction under subsection (1).

Civil penalty

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

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

Consultation

             (5)  Before the ACMA gives or varies a direction under subsection (1), the ACMA must consult the ACCC.

             (6)  Before giving or varying a direction under subsection (1), the ACMA must:

                     (a)  make a copy of the draft direction or variation available on the ACMA’s website; and

                     (b)  publish a notice on the ACMA’s website:

                              (i)  stating that the ACMA has prepared the draft; and

                             (ii)  inviting interested persons to give written comments about the draft to the ACMA within the period specified in the notice.

             (7)  The period specified in the notice must run for at least 30 days after the publication of the notice.

             (8)  If interested persons have given comments in accordance with a notice under subsection (6), the ACMA must have due regard to those comments in giving or varying the direction.

581TB   Facilitation of obligations imposed on a named designated Telstra successor company

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  an obligation (the relevant obligation ) is imposed on a named designated Telstra successor company (the first designated Telstra successor company ) by or under a telecommunication law; and

                     (b)  the Minister is satisfied that the first designated Telstra successor company has failed, is failing, or is likely to fail, to fulfil the relevant obligation;

the Minister may give:

                     (c)  another designated Telstra successor company; or

                     (d)  a body corporate that is a related body corporate (within the meaning of the Corporations Act 2001 ) of the first designated Telstra successor company;

a written direction to take specified action.

             (2)  The Minister must not give a direction to a body corporate under subsection (1) unless:

                     (a)  the Minister is satisfied that the action specified in the direction will assist the first designated Telstra successor company to fulfil the relevant obligation; and

                     (b)  the Minister is satisfied that the body corporate:

                              (i)  has the capability (including the technical, operational and organisational capability) to comply with the direction; or

                             (ii)  could reasonably acquire the capability (including the technical, operational and organisational capability) to comply with the direction; and

                     (c)  the body corporate:

                              (i)  is a constitutional corporation; or

                             (ii)  carries on a telecommunications business covered by paragraph 581L(1)(a), (b) or (c).

Compliance with requirement

             (3)  A body corporate must comply with a direction under subsection (1).

Civil penalty

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

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

Consultation

             (5)  Before giving or varying a direction under subsection (1), the Minister must:

                     (a)  make a copy of the draft direction or variation available on the Minister’s website; and

                     (b)  publish a notice on the Minister’s website:

                              (i)  stating that the Minister has prepared the draft; and

                             (ii)  inviting interested persons to give written comments about the draft to the Minister within the period specified in the notice.

             (6)  Subject to subsection (7), the period specified in the notice must run for at least 30 days after the publication of the notice.

             (7)  The period specified in the notice may be shorter than 30 days if the Minister is satisfied that the shorter period is necessary due to urgent circumstances.

             (8)  If interested persons have given comments in accordance with a notice under subsection (5), the Minister must have due regard to those comments in giving or varying the direction.

Division 7 Transitional

581U   Transitional—references in legislation to Telstra Infraco Limited

Scope

             (1)  This section applies if, as at the commencement of this section, the name of Telstra Corporation Limited (ACN 051 775 556) had not been changed to Telstra Infraco Limited.

Transitional

             (2)  Until the name of Telstra Corporation Limited (ACN 051 775 556) is changed to Telstra Infraco Limited, a reference to Telstra Infraco Limited in a telecommunications law is to be read as a reference to Telstra Corporation Limited.

5  At the end of subclause 17(1) of Schedule 1

Add:

Note:          See also section 581Y.

6  At the end of subclause 33(1) of Schedule 1

Add:

Note:          See also section 581ZD.

Telstra Corporation Act 1991

9  Section 3 (paragraph (b) of the definition of Telstra )

Omit “1993.”, substitute “1993;”.

10  Section 3 (at the end of the definition of Telstra , after paragraph (b))

Add:

as the company exists from time to time (even if its name is later changed).

11  Section 3

Insert:

Telstra successor company : see section 581F of the Telecommunications Act 1997 .

12  Part 2A (heading)

Omit “ Telstra ”, substitute “ Telstra successor companies ”.

13  Section 8BD (paragraph beginning “Telstra is subject to”)

Omit “Telstra”, substitute “A Telstra successor company”.

14  Section 8BD (paragraph beginning “Telstra’s head office”)

Omit “Telstra’s”, substitute “A Telstra successor company’s”.

15  Section 8BD (paragraph beginning “Telstra’s Chairperson”)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

•      A Telstra successor company’s Chairperson, and a majority of a Telstra successor company’s directors, must be Australian citizens.

16  Section 8BE (note 1)

Omit “Telstra” (wherever occurring), substitute “a Telstra successor company”.

17  Section 8BE (note 2A)

Omit “Telstra”, substitute “a Telstra successor company”.

18  Section 8BG

Omit “Telstra” (first occurring), substitute “a Telstra successor company”.

19  Paragraphs 8BG(a) and (b)

Omit “Telstra”, substitute “the Telstra successor company”.

20  Section 8BG (note 1)

Omit “Telstra”, substitute “a Telstra successor company”.

21  Paragraph 8BH(b)

Omit “Telstra” (first occurring), substitute “a Telstra successor company”.

22  Subparagraph 8BH(b)(i)

Omit “Telstra”, substitute “the Telstra successor company”.

23  Subparagraphs 8BH(b)(ii) and (iii)

Omit “Telstra” (wherever occurring), substitute “the Telstra successor company”.

24  Section 8BH (note)

Omit “Telstra”, substitute “a Telstra successor company”.

25  Section 8BI (heading)

Omit “ Telstra ”, substitute “ Telstra successor companies ”.

26  Subsection 8BI(1)

Omit “Telstra” (first occurring), substitute “A Telstra successor company”.

27  Subsection 8BI(1)

Omit “Telstra” (second occurring), substitute “the Telstra successor company”.

28  Subsection 8BI(2)

Omit “Telstra”, substitute “A Telstra successor company”.

29  Paragraph 8BI(2)(a)

Omit “Telstra”, substitute “the Telstra successor company”.

30  Subsection 8BJ(1)

Omit “Telstra” (first occurring), substitute “a Telstra successor company”.

31  Subsection 8BJ(1)

Omit “Telstra” (second occurring), substitute “the Telstra successor company”.

32  Paragraph 8BM(1)(c)

Omit “Telstra”, substitute “a Telstra successor company”.

33  Paragraph 8BN(1)(c)

Omit “Telstra”, substitute “a Telstra successor company”.

34  Subsection 8BN(5)

Omit “Telstra” (first occurring), substitute “a Telstra successor company”.

35  Subsection 8BN(5)

Omit “Telstra” (second occurring), substitute “the Telstra successor company”.

36  Paragraphs 8BN(6)(a) and (b)

Omit “Telstra”, substitute “a Telstra successor company”.

37  Division 8 of Part 2A (heading)

Omit “ Telstra ”, substitute “ a Telstra successor company ”.

38  Subsection 8BQ(1)

Omit “Telstra” (first occurring), substitute “A Telstra successor company”.

39  Subsection 8BQ(1)

Omit “Telstra” (second occurring), substitute “the Telstra successor company”.

40  Subsection 8BR(1)

Omit “Telstra”, substitute “A Telstra successor company”.

41  Subsection 8BR(2)

Omit “Telstra’s”, substitute “a Telstra successor company’s”.

42  Section 8BS (heading)

Omit “ Telstra ”, substitute “ Telstra successor companies ”.

43  Subsection 8BS(1)

Omit “Telstra”, substitute “A Telstra successor company”.

44  Division 9 of Part 2A (heading)

Omit “ Telstra ”, substitute “ Telstra successor companies ”.

45  Subsection 8BT(1)

Omit “Telstra”, substitute “A Telstra successor company”.

46  Subsection 8BU(1)

Omit “Telstra”, substitute “A Telstra successor company”.

47  Subsection 8BUA(1)

Omit “Telstra”, substitute “A Telstra successor company”.

48  Section 8BY (heading)

Omit “ Telstra ”, substitute “ Telstra successor companies ”.

49  Section 8BY

Omit “Telstra”, substitute “a Telstra successor company”.

50  Section 8CC

Omit “to Telstra unless Telstra”, substitute “in relation to a Telstra successor company unless the Telstra successor company”.

51  After paragraph 8CC(a)

Insert:

                    (aa)  is a holding company (within the meaning of the Corporations Act 2001 ) of a body corporate that is a corporation to which paragraph 51(xx) of the Constitution applies; or

52  At the end of section 8CC

Add:

               ; or (c)  carries on a business that consists of or includes the supply of a service that facilitates the supply of a carriage service (within the meaning of the Telecommunications Act 1997 ); or

                     (d)  carries on a business that consists of or includes installing, maintaining, operating or providing access to:

                              (i)  a telecommunications network (within the meaning of the Telecommunications Act 1997 ); or

                             (ii)  a facility (within the meaning of the Telecommunications Act 1997 );

                            used to supply a carriage service (within the meaning of the Telecommunications Act 1997 ); or

                     (e)  is a holding company (within the meaning of the Corporations Act 2001 ) of a body corporate that carries on a business covered by paragraph (b), (c) or (d).

53  Subsection 8CCA(1)

Omit “Telstra” (first occurring), substitute “A Telstra successor company”.

54  Subsection 8CCA(1)

Omit “Telstra” (second and third occurring), substitute “the Telstra successor company”.

55  Part 2B (heading)

Omit “ relating to Telstra ”.

56  Subsections 8CD(2) and (4)

Omit “Telstra”, substitute “a Telstra successor company”.

57  Subclause 12(4A) of the Schedule

Omit “Telstra” (first occurring), substitute “a Telstra successor company”.

58  Subclause 12(4A) of the Schedule

Omit “Telstra” (second occurring), substitute “the Telstra successor company”.

59  Subclause 12(4AA) of the Schedule

Omit “Telstra”, substitute “a Telstra successor company”.

60  Paragraph 12(4AB)(a) of the Schedule

Omit “Telstra”, substitute “a Telstra successor company”.

61  Subclause 12(6) of the Schedule

Omit “Telstra” (first occurring), substitute “a Telstra successor company”.

62  Paragraphs 12(6)(a), (b) and (c) of the Schedule

Omit “Telstra”, substitute “the Telstra successor company”.

Telstra Corporation (Ownership—Interests in Shares) Regulations 2018

63  Section 5 (after paragraph (c) of the note)

Insert:

(ca)  Telstra successor company;

64  Subsection 8(1)

Omit “Telstra” (first occurring), substitute “A Telstra successor company”.

65  Subsection 8(1)

Omit “Telstra” (second occurring), substitute “the Telstra successor company”.

66  Paragraphs 8(1)(a) and (b)

Omit “Telstra”, substitute “the Telstra successor company”.

66A  Paragraphs 8(3)(b) and (c)

Omit “Telstra”, substitute “the Telstra successor company”.

67  Subsection 9(1)

Omit “Telstra” (first occurring), substitute “a Telstra successor company”.

68  Subsection 9(1)

Omit “Telstra” (second occurring), substitute “the Telstra successor company”.

69  Subsection 9(3)

Omit “Telstra”, substitute “The Telstra successor company”.

70  Subsection 14(1)

Omit “Telstra”, substitute “a Telstra successor company”.

71  Section 15 (heading)

Omit “ Telstra ”, substitute “ Telstra successor company ”.

72  Paragraph 15(1)(a)

Omit “Telstra”, substitute “a Telstra successor company”.

73  Paragraph 15(1)(b)

Omit “Telstra”, substitute “the Telstra successor company”.

74  Subsection 16(1)

Omit “Telstra”, substitute “a Telstra successor company”.

75  Subsection 17(1)

Omit “Telstra”, substitute “a Telstra successor company”.

76  Paragraphs 17(2)(a) and (b)

Omit “Telstra”, substitute “the Telstra successor company”.

77  Subsection 17(4)

Omit “Telstra”, substitute “the Telstra successor company”.

78  Subsection 18(2)

Omit “Telstra”, substitute “a Telstra successor company”.

Part 2 Transitional

78A  Interpretation

Transitional period

(1)       For the purposes of this Part, transitional period means the period:

                     (a)  beginning at the commencement of this item; and

                     (b)  ending at the earliest of the following times:

                              (i)  the commencement of Schedule 2 to this Act;

                             (ii)  the end of the relevant post-commencement period.

(2)       For the purposes of subitem (1), the relevant post-commencement period means:

                     (a)  the 6-month period that began at the commencement of this item; or

                     (b)  if the Minister, by legislative instrument, specifies the 9-month period that began at the commencement of this item—that period.

Telecommunications law

(3)       For the purposes of Part 34A of the Telecommunications Act 1997 , this Part is taken to be a telecommunications law.

ACCC

(4)       In this Part, ACCC means the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Telstra Limited

(5)       In this Part, Telstra Limited means Telstra Limited (ACN 086 174 781), as the company exists from time to time (even if its name is later changed).

NBN Co

(6)       In this Part, NBN Co means NBN Co Limited (ACN 136 533 741), as the company exists from time to time (even if its name is later changed).

79  Transitional—undertakings about structural separation

Scope

(1)       This item applies if an undertaking is in force under section 577A of the Telecommunications Act 1997 .

Note:       Section 577A of the Telecommunications Act 1997 deals with undertakings about structural separation.

Conduct of a designated Telstra successor company

(2)       If a designated Telstra successor company (the first designated Telstra successor company ) has engaged in conduct during the transitional period in order to facilitate another designated Telstra successor company complying with the undertaking after the commencement of Schedule 2 to this Act:

                     (a)  the conduct is authorised for the purposes of subsection 51(1) of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 ; and

                     (b)  in performing a function, or exercising a power, under Part XIB of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 in relation to the first designated Telstra successor company, the ACCC must have regard to the conduct to the extent that the conduct is relevant.

80  Transitional—contracts, arrangements and understandings

Scope

(1)       This item applies to a contract, arrangement or understanding that is covered by a subsection of section 577BA of the Telecommunications Act 1997 .

Conduct

(2)       If:

                     (a)  a designated Telstra successor company (the first designated Telstra successor company ); or

                     (b)  a body corporate that is a related body corporate (within the meaning of the Corporations Act 2001 ) of the first designated Telstra successor company;

has engaged in conduct during the transitional period in order to facilitate another designated Telstra successor company giving effect to a provision of the contract, arrangement or understanding after the commencement of Schedule 2 to this Act:

                     (c)  the conduct is authorised for the purposes of subsection 51(1) of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 ; and

                     (d)  in performing a function, or exercising a power, under Part XIB of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 in relation to the first designated Telstra successor company, the ACCC must have regard to the conduct to the extent that the conduct is relevant.

81  Transitional—variation of contracts, arrangements and understandings

If:

                     (a)  a contract, arrangement or understanding (the relevant contract, arrangement or understanding ) is covered by a subsection of section 577BA of the Telecommunications Act 1997 ; and

                     (b)  before the commencement of Schedule 2 to this Act, a demerged Telstra company or NBN Co:

                              (i)  enters into a variation of the relevant contract, arrangement or understanding; or

                             (ii)  engages in negotiations, or arrives at an understanding, in relation to a proposed variation of the relevant contract, arrangement or understanding; and

                     (c)  the purpose of the variation or proposed variation is to ensure that the relevant contract, arrangement or understanding has effect as if:

                              (i)  a demerged Telstra company were substituted for Telstra as a party to the relevant contract, arrangement or understanding; and

                             (ii)  obligations imposed on Telstra by the relevant contract, arrangement or understanding were imposed instead on the demerged Telstra company; and

                     (d)  the variation or proposed variation is subject to a condition precedent, namely, any of the property of Telstra being transferred to and vesting in Telstra Limited by virtue of an order of the Federal Court made in accordance with section 413 of the Corporations Act 2001 ;

then:

                     (e)  each of the following:

                              (i)  the entering into of the variation;

                             (ii)  the engaging in the negotiations;

                            (iii)  arriving at the understanding first mentioned in subparagraph (b)(ii);

                            is authorised for the purposes of subsection 51(1) of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 ; and

                      (f)  conduct engaged in by:

                              (i)  a demerged Telstra company; or

                             (ii)  NBN Co; or

                            (iii)  a body corporate that is a related body corporate (within the meaning of the Corporations Act 2001 ) of a demerged Telstra company; or

                            (iv)  a body corporate that is a related body corporate (within the meaning of the Corporations Act 2001 ) of an NBN Co;

                            in order to give effect to the variation is authorised for the purposes of subsection 51(1) of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 .