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Wednesday, 20 June 2012
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National Broadband Network

(Question No. 1865)

Senator Abetz asked the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, upon notice, on 30 May 2012:

In relation to the National Broadband Network rollout in Tasmania, were plans submitted for each local council area in Tasmania or other geographic regions; if so:

   (a)   can a list be provided specifying each local council area or geographic region for which a plan was submitted and the date it was lodged;

   (b)   how many alterations were made to each submitted plan, including for each alteration:

      (i) its lodgement date,

      (ii) the date it was approved,

      (iii) the reason for the alteration, and

      (iv) the cost implication of the alteration; and

   (c)   what was the advertising of any plan and any alteration, including the advertising medium and cost.

Senator Conroy: The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

The Telecommunications Act 1997 provides carriers with immunity from state and territory planning laws when installing low-impact facilities, temporary defense facilities or facilities for which a Facility Installation Permit has been obtained. The installation of all other telecommunications facilities is subject to state and territory planning laws. As a wholesale carrier, NBN Co is subject to these laws. Whether a plan is required to be lodged with local councils is a matter for state and territory laws and/or individual local council requirements.

The Australian Government does not collect information on documents lodged with local governments by carriers.