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Schedule 5—Abolition of licence fees and datacasting charges

Schedule 5 Abolition of licence fees and datacasting charges

Part 1 Repeals

Division 1—Repeals

Broadcasting Services (Datacasting Charge) Regulations 2001

1  The whole of the Regulations

Repeal the Regulations.

Datacasting Charge (Imposition) Act 1998

2  The whole of the Act

Repeal the Act.

Datacasting Transmitter Licence Fees Act 2006

3  The whole of the Act

Repeal the Act.

Radio Licence Fees Act 1964

4  The whole of the Act

Repeal the Act.

Television Licence Fees Act 1964

5  The whole of the Act

Repeal the Act .

Division 2—Application provisions

6  Application—repeal of the Broadcasting Services (Datacasting Charge) Regulations 2001

Despite the repeal of the Broadcasting Services (Datacasting Charge) Regulations 2001 by this Schedule, those regulations continue to apply, in relation to:

                     (a)  charge imposed by the Datacasting Charge (Imposition) Act 1998 on a transmitter licence in respect of:

                              (i)  the financial year beginning on 1 July 2015; or

                             (ii)  an earlier financial year; and

                     (b)  chargeable datacasting services provided before 1 September 2016;

as if that repeal had not happened.

7  Application—repeal of the Datacasting Charge (Imposition) Act 1998

The repeal of the Datacasting Charge (Imposition) Act 1998 by this Schedule does not apply to charge imposed on a transmitter licence in respect of:

                     (a)  the financial year beginning on 1 July 2015; or

                     (b)  an earlier financial year.

8  Application—repeal of the Datacasting Transmitter Licence Fees Act 2006

The repeal of the Datacasting Transmitter Licence Fees Act 2006 by this Schedule does not apply to a fee payable by a licensee on:

                     (a)  31 December 2016; or

                     (b)  an earlier 31 December.

9  Application—repeal of the Radio Licence Fees Act 1964

The repeal of the Radio Licence Fees Act 1964 by this Schedule does not apply to a fee payable by a licensee on:

                     (a)  31 December 2016; or

                     (b)  an earlier 31 December.

10  Application—repeal of the Television Licence Fees Act 1964

The repeal of the Television Licence Fees Act 1964 by this Schedule does not apply to a fee payable by a licensee on:

                     (a)  31 December 2016; or

                     (b)  an earlier 31 December.

Part 2 Amendments

Division 1—Amendments

Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005

11  Subparagraph 10(1)(o)(iv)

Repeal the subparagraph.

12  Subparagraph 10(1)(o)(v)

Omit “or”.

13  Subparagraphs 10(1)(o)(vii) and (viii)

Repeal the subparagraphs.

Broadcasting Services Act 1992

14  Subsection 204(1) (table items dealing with subsection 205B(2), subsection 205C(2) and subsection 205D(4))

Repeal the items.

15  Part 14A

Repeal the Part.

16  Paragraph 7(1)(ia) of Schedule 2

Repeal the paragraph.

17  Paragraph 8(1)(ha) of Schedule 2

Repeal the paragraph.

18  Clause 1 of Schedule 4

Omit:

An ACMA determination determines when charge imposed by the Datacasting Charge (Imposition Act) 1998 is due and payable. The ACMA may also impose a late payment penalty.

19  Part 6 of Schedule 4

Repeal the Part.

Radiocommunications Act 1992

20  Section 5 (definition of datacasting transmitter licence fee)

Repeal the definition.

21  Paragraphs 109A(1)(ba) and (bb)

Repeal the paragraphs.

Division 2—Application provisions

22  Application—collection of licence fees

(1)       Despite the repeal of sections 205A, 205C and 205D of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 by this Schedule, those sections continue to apply, in relation to a fee imposed under:

                     (a)  section 7 of the repealed Datacasting Transmitter Licence Fees Act 2006 ; or

                     (b)  section 5 of the repealed Radio Licence Fees Act 1964 ; or

                     (c)  section 5 of the repealed Television Licence Fees Act 1964 ;

as if the first-mentioned repeal had not happened.

(2)       Despite the repeal of sections 205A and 205B of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 by this Schedule, those sections (other than paragraph 205B(1)(c)) continue to apply:

                     (a)  in relation to accounts and records in respect of the 2012-2013 accounting period—for 5 years after the end of that accounting period; and

                     (b)  in relation to accounts and records in respect of the 2013-2014 accounting period—for 5 years after the end of that accounting period; and

                     (c)  in relation to accounts and records in respect of the 2014-2015 accounting period—for 5 years after the end of that accounting period; and

                     (d)  in relation to accounts and records in respect of the 2015-2016 accounting period—for 5 years after the end of that accounting period;

as if the repeal had not happened.

(3)       Despite the amendments of section 204 of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 made by this Schedule, that section continues to apply, in relation to a decision made under repealed subsection 205C(2) or 205D(4) of that Act, as if those amendments had not been made.

(4)       In this item:

2012-2013 accounting period means:

                     (a)  the financial year ending on 30 June 2013; or

                     (b)  if the relevant licensee adopted an accounting period, in accordance with subsection 205B(2) of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 , in substitution for that financial year—that accounting period.

2013-2014 accounting period means:

                     (a)  the financial year ending on 30 June 2014; or

                     (b)  if the relevant licensee adopted an accounting period, in accordance with subsection 205B(2) of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 , in substitution for that financial year—that accounting period.

2014-2015 accounting period means:

                     (a)  the financial year ending on 30 June 2015; or

                     (b)  if the relevant licensee adopted an accounting period, in accordance with subsection 205B(2) of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 , in substitution for that financial year—that accounting period.

2015-2016 accounting period means:

                     (a)  the financial year ending on 30 June 2016; or

                     (b)  if the relevant licensee adopted an accounting period, in accordance with subsection 205B(2) of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 , in substitution for that financial year—that accounting period.

23  Application—collection of datacasting charge

Despite the repeal of Part 6 of Schedule 4 to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 by this Schedule:

                     (a)  that Part; and

                     (b)  a determination made under that Part;

continue to apply, in relation to charge imposed by the Datacasting Charge (Imposition) Act 1998 on a transmitter licence in respect of:

                     (c)  the financial year beginning on 1 July 2015; or

                     (d)  an earlier financial year;

as if the repeal had not happened.

Division 3—Refund of overpayments

24  Refund of overpayments of licence fees

If there is an overpayment of a fee imposed under:

                     (a)  section 7 of the repealed Datacasting Transmitter Licence Fees Act 2006 ; or

                     (b)  section 5 of the repealed Radio Licence Fees Act 1964 ; or

                     (c)  section 5 of the repealed Television Licence Fees Act 1964 ;

the overpayment is to be refunded by the ACMA on behalf of the Commonwealth.

25  Refund of overpayments of datacasting charge

If there is an overpayment of charge imposed under the repealed Datacasting Charge (Imposition) Act 1998 , the overpayment is to be refunded by the ACMA on behalf of the Commonwealth.