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Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Digital Radio) Bill 2017

Originating house
Communications and the Arts


Amends the: Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to remove the requirement for the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to provide written notice of its intention to declare a digital radio start-up day for a licence area; and Radiocommunications Act 1992 to: remove requirements that the ACMA must consult before preparing or varying a digital radio channel plan; shorten timeframes associated with the formation of eligible joint venture and digital community radio broadcasting representative companies, and clarify the invitation and acceptance process for the formation of such companies; shorten timeframes associated with issuing a foundation digital radio multiplex transmitter licence (DRMT) in accordance with a price-based allocation system and DRMAT licensees giving the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission access undertakings; and clarify how excess multiplex capacity on foundation DRMT licences is determined.

Progress of bill

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Introduced and read a first time 06/12/17  
Second reading moved 06/12/17  
Second reading debate 08/02/18  
Second reading agreed to 08/02/18  
Third reading agreed to 08/02/18  
House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 08/02/18  
Second reading moved 13/02/18  
Second reading debate 13/02/18  
Referred to Federation Chamber 13/02/18  
Second reading debate 15/02/18  
Second reading agreed to 15/02/18  
Reported from Federation Chamber 15/02/18  
Third reading agreed to 15/02/18  
Finally passed both Houses 15/02/18  
Assent 05/03/18 Act no: 11 - Year: 2018

Text of bill

  • First reading

  • As passed by both Houses


Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum


Second reading speeches

Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest

  • Considered by scrutiny committee (07/02/2018): Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills; Scrutiny Digest 3 of 2018
  • An electronic version of this Act is available on the Federal Register of Legislation (www.legislation.gov.au)