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Australian Communications and Media Authority Bill 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005

 

No. 44, 2005

 

 

 

 

 

An Act to establish the Australian Communications and Media Authority, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                                2

1............ Short title............................................................................................ 2

2............ Commencement.................................................................................. 2

3............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 2

4............ When does an inquiry, investigation or hearing end?.......................... 5

5............ When is there a vacancy?.................................................................... 5

Part 2—ACMA’s establishment, functions, powers and liabilities              7

Division 1—Establishment                                                                                         7

6............ Establishment..................................................................................... 7

Division 2—Functions                                                                                                   8

7............ ACMA’s functions............................................................................ 8

8............ ACMA’s telecommunications functions............................................ 8

9............ ACMA’s spectrum management functions........................................ 9

10.......... ACMA’s broadcasting, content and datacasting functions.............. 10

11.......... ACMA’s additional functions.......................................................... 12

Division 3—Powers and liabilities                                                                        14

12.......... ACMA’s powers............................................................................. 14

13.......... ACMA’s financial liabilities are Commonwealth liabilities............. 14

Division 4—Requirements relating to these functions and powers   15

14.......... Minister may give directions to ACMA.......................................... 15

15.......... ACMA not otherwise subject to direction....................................... 15

16.......... Consistency with CER Trade in Services Protocol.......................... 15

17.......... ACMA to consult ACCC in relation to management of electronic addressing       16

Part 3—ACMA’s constitution and membership                                                   17

Division 1—Constitution                                                                                           17

18.......... ACMA’s constitution...................................................................... 17

Division 2—Membership                                                                                          18

Subdivision A—Members                                                                                         18

19.......... Membership..................................................................................... 18

20.......... Appointment of members................................................................ 18

21.......... Period of appointment for members................................................. 18

22.......... Acting Chair...................................................................................... 19

23.......... Acting appointments—members other than the Chair..................... 20

Subdivision B—Associate members                                                                       21

24.......... Appointment of associate members................................................. 21

25.......... Period of appointment for associate members................................. 21

26.......... Acting appointments—associate members...................................... 23

27.......... Associate members to be treated as members for certain purposes in other Acts  23

Division 3—Terms and conditions for members and associate members             24

28.......... Remuneration.................................................................................... 24

29.......... Standing obligation to disclose interests........................................... 24

30.......... Obligation to disclose interests before deciding a particular matter. 24

31.......... Outside employment........................................................................ 25

32.......... Leave of absence............................................................................... 25

33.......... Resignation....................................................................................... 26

34.......... Termination of appointment............................................................ 26

35.......... Other terms and conditions.............................................................. 27

Part 4—Decision-making and delegation by ACMA                                         28

Division 1—Meetings                                                                                                 28

36.......... Times and places of meetings........................................................... 28

37.......... Notice of meetings............................................................................ 28

38.......... Presiding at meetings........................................................................ 28

39.......... Quorum............................................................................................. 29

40.......... Participation etc. by associate members at meetings........................ 29

41.......... Voting at meetings etc....................................................................... 29

42.......... Conduct of meetings......................................................................... 30

43.......... Minutes............................................................................................ 30

Division 2—Decisions without meetings                                                          31

44.......... Decisions without meetings.............................................................. 31

45.......... Record of decisions........................................................................... 31

Division 3—Divisions                                                                                                  32

46.......... Divisions........................................................................................... 32

47.......... Meetings of a Division..................................................................... 33

48.......... Division can make decisions without meetings................................ 34

49.......... Minutes etc....................................................................................... 35

Division 4—Delegations                                                                                            36

50.......... Delegations by ACMA to a Division............................................... 36

51.......... Delegations by ACMA to others..................................................... 36

52.......... Delegations by a Division................................................................. 37

53.......... Limit on powers delegable to persons other than Divisions............ 38

Part 5—ACMA’s staff etc.                                                                                               40

54.......... Staff.................................................................................................. 40

55.......... Arrangements with authorities of the Commonwealth..................... 40

Part 6—Corporate planning and reporting by ACMA                                      41

56.......... Corporate plans................................................................................ 41

57.......... Annual report................................................................................... 41

Part 7—Advisory committees and the Consumer Consultative Forum   44

58.......... Advisory committees....................................................................... 44

59.......... Consumer Consultative Forum......................................................... 44

Part 8—Other matters                                                                                                         46

60.......... Charges relating to ACMA’s expenses............................................ 46

61.......... Charges are payable to the Commonwealth..................................... 47

62.......... ACMA’s expenses include related Commonwealth expenses......... 47

63.......... Chair not subject to direction by ACMA on certain matters........... 47

64.......... Definitions determination................................................................. 47

65.......... Determinations may define expressions by reference to other instruments            48

66.......... Person not to use protected name or protected symbol................... 49

67.......... ACMA to maintain Register of policy notifications and Ministerial directions     50

68.......... Regulations....................................................................................... 51



 

 

Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005

No. 44, 2005

 

 

 

An Act to establish the Australian Communications and Media Authority, and for related purposes

[ Assented to 1 April 2005 ]

The Parliament of Australia enacts:



 

 

[ Minister’s second reading speech made in—

House of Representatives on 2 December 2004

Senate on 7 March 2005 ]

(227/04)