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Communications Legislation Amendment (Deregulation and Other Measures) Bill 2019

Originating house
House of Representatives
Communications and the Arts


Amends the: Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: remove duplicative requirements for licensees, publishers and controllers to notify the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) of certain changes in control of regulated media assets; remove requirements for certain television broadcasters to apply different classification standards for films when developing industry codes of practice; remove certain classification-related licence conditions on commercial television and community television broadcasting licensees and providers of open narrowcasting services; and amend two statutory publication requirements; National Broadband Network Companies Act 2011 to permit an NBN corporation to supply non-communications goods to another person in certain circumstances; Telecommunications Act 1997 to: correct a technical error in relation to the admissibility of certain evidence in court proceedings; remove the requirement for the ACMA to consult with an advisory committee before declaring a submarine cable protection zone; and remove the ability of NBN Co to issue and keep a register of statements that it will not be installing fibre in a new real estate development; Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999 to restore an inadvertently repealed provision clarifying that certain determinations of the minister are not legislative instruments; Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Broadcasting Reform) Act 2017 to: increase the transitional support payment for Network Investments from $632 000 to $819 000; and provide for transitional arrangements; Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and Telecommunications Act 1997 to amend the statutory information collection powers of the ACMA and the ACCC; Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983, Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and Special Broadcasting Service Act 1991 to make technical amendments; and Telecommunications Act 1997 and three other Acts to enable the development of an industry-based scheme for the management of telephone numbering resources. Also repeals 53 Act spent and redundant Acts; and makes amendments to four Acts to make consequential amendments and repeal redundant provisions.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 16/10/19  
Second reading moved 16/10/19  
Second reading debate 25/11/19  
Second reading agreed to 25/11/19  
Third reading agreed to 25/11/19  
Introduced and read a first time 27/11/19  
Second reading moved 27/11/19  
Second reading debate 05/12/19  
Second reading agreed to 05/12/19  
Third reading agreed to 05/12/19  
Finally passed both Houses 05/12/19  
Assent 12/12/19 Act no: 120 - Year: 2019

Text of bill

  • First reading

  • As passed by both Houses


Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum

  • Addendum to explanatory memorandum


Second reading speeches

Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest

  • Considered by scrutiny committee (13/11/2019): Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills; Scrutiny Digest 9 of 2019
  • An electronic version of this Act is available on the Federal Register of Legislation (www.legislation.gov.au)