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Broadcasting Services Amendment (Digital Television) Bill 2012

Originating house
House of Representatives
Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy


Amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to provide earlier access, in particular circumstances, to the digital commercial satellite television service known as the Viewer Access Satellite Television (VAST) by: enabling VAST licensees to provide their digital commercial satellite television services to specified external territories; enabling third party digital retransmission services to be taken into account for administering the conditional access scheme for VAST services; requiring licensees in certain licence areas to nominate multiple places against which their time based broadcasting obligations will be assessed; and enabling the minister to vary the date for digital switchover in a licence area or when that area becomes a digital only local market area.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 24/05/12  
Second reading moved 24/05/12  
Referred to Federation Chamber 29/05/12  
Second reading debate 29/05/12  
Second reading debate 30/05/12  
Second reading agreed to 30/05/12  
Reported from Federation Chamber 30/05/12  
Third reading agreed to 30/05/12  
Introduced and read a first time 18/06/12  
Second reading moved 18/06/12  
Second reading debate 22/06/12  
Second reading agreed to 22/06/12  
Third reading agreed to 22/06/12  
Text of bill as passed both Houses 22/06/12  
Assent 28/06/12 Act no.: 88 - Year: 2012

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Schedules of amendments

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