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Telemarketing (Protection of Privacy Rights of Residential Telephone Subscribers) Bill 2005

2004-2005

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Telemarketing (Protection of Privacy Rights of Residential Telephone Subscribers) Bill 2005

 

No.      , 2005

 

(Ms A. E. Burke)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to protect residential telephone subscribers’ right to avoid receiving telephone solicitations to which they object, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                                1

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

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

3............ Purpose............................................................................................... 2

4............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 2

5............ Crown to be bound............................................................................. 3

Part 2—Establishment of ‘Do not call’ register                                                      5

6............ Additional ACCC functions............................................................... 5

7............ Prohibition on certain telephone solicitations.................................... 5

8............ Prohibition on interference with a person’s right to be placed on ‘Do not call’ register         6

9............ Prohibition on non-authorised use of ‘Do not call’ register............... 6

10.......... Circumstances under which seller or telemarketer not liable for violating certain offence provisions     7

Part 3—Civil Penalties                                                                                                          8

11.......... Pecuniary penalties for contravention of civil penalty provisions..... 8

12.......... Civil action for recovery of pecuniary penalties................................ 9

13.......... Criminal proceedings not to be brought for contravention of civil penalty provisions           9

14.......... Schedule 1 (infringement notices)....................................................... 9

Part 4—Miscellaneous                                                                                                        10

15.......... Formal warnings—breach of civil penalty provisions...................... 10

16.......... Operation of State and Territory laws............................................. 10

17.......... Implied freedom of political communication.................................... 10

18.......... Administration of Act...................................................................... 10

19.......... Regulations....................................................................................... 10

Schedule 1—Infringement notices                                                                                11

1............ Object............................................................................................... 11

2............ Definitions........................................................................................ 11

3............ When an infringement notice can be given........................................ 11

4............ Matters to be included in an infringement notice............................. 12

5............ Amount of penalty........................................................................... 12

6............ Withdrawal of an infringement notice............................................... 14

7............ What happens if the penalty is paid................................................ 14

8............ Effects of this Schedule on civil proceedings.................................... 15

9............ Appointment of authorised person.................................................. 15

 



A Bill for an Act to protect residential telephone subscribers’ right to avoid receiving telephone solicitations to which they object, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:



Schedule 1 Infringement notices

   

Note:       See section 15.

1   Object

                   The object of this Schedule is to set up a system of infringement notices for contraventions of civil penalty provisions as an alternative to the institution of proceedings in the Federal Court.

2   Definitions

In this Schedule:

authorised person means:

(a)     the Chair of the ACCC; or

(b)     a member of the staff of the ACCC appointed under clause 9.

civil contravention means a contravention of a civil penalty provision

infringement notice means an infringement notice under clause 3.

3   When an infringement notice can be given

             (1)  If an authorised person has reasonable grounds to believe that a person has, on a particular day, committed one or more contraventions of a particular civil penalty provision, the authorised person may give to the person an infringement notice relating to those contraventions.

             (2)  An infringement notice must be given within 12 months after the day on which the civil contraventions are alleged to have taken place.

             (3)  This clause does not authorise the giving of 2 or more infringement notices to a person in relation to contraventions of a particular civil penalty provision that allegedly occurred on the same day.

4   Matters to be included in an infringement notice

             (1)  An infringement notice must:

                     (a)  set out the name of the person to whom the notice is given; and

                     (b)  set out the name of the authorised person who gave the notice; and

                     (c)  set out brief details of each of the alleged civil contraventions;

                     (d)  contain a statement to the effect that the matter or matters will not be dealt with by the Federal Court if the penalty specified in the notice is paid to the ACCC, on behalf of the Commonwealth, within 28 days after the notice is given;

                     (e)  give an explanation of how payment of the penalty is to be made.

             (2)  For the purposes of paragraph 1(c), the brief details must include the following information in relation to each alleged civil contravention:

                     (a)  the date of the alleged contravention;

                     (b)  the civil penalty provision that was allegedly contravened.

5   Amount of penalty

Infringement notice given to a body corporate

(1)The penalty to be specified in an infringement notice given to a body corporate must be a pecuniary penalty equal to the number of penalty units worked out using the table:

 

Number of penalty units

Item

In this case…

the number of penalty units is…

1

the notice relates to a single alleged contravention of subsection 7(1) or (3) or subsection 8(1)

5

2

the notice relates to more than 1, but fewer than 50, alleged contraventions of subsection 7(1) or (3) or subsection 8(1)

The number obtained by multiplying 5 by the number of alleged contraventions

3

the notice relates to 50 or more alleged contraventions of subsection 7(1) or (3) or subsection 8(1)

500

4

The notice relates to a single alleged contravention of subsection 9(1)

10

5

The notice relates to more than 1, but fewer than 50, alleged contraventions of subsection 9(1)

The number obtained by multiplying 10 by the number of alleged contraventions

6

The notice relates to 50 or more alleged contraventions of subsection 9(1)

1,000

 

Infringement notice given to a person other than a body corporate

(2)The penalty to be specified in an infringement notice given to a person other than a body corporate must be a pecuniary penalty equal to the number of penalty units worked out using the table:

 

Number of penalty units

Item

In this case…

the number of penalty units is…

1

the notice relates to a single alleged contravention of subsection 7(1) or (3) or subsection 8(1)

1

2

the notice relates to more than 1, but fewer than 50, alleged contraventions of subsection 7(1) or (3) or subsection 8(1)

The number obtained by multiplying 1 by the number of alleged contraventions

3

the notice relates to 50 or more alleged contraventions of subsection 7(1) or (3) or subsection 8(1)

100

4

The notice relates to a single alleged contravention of subsection 9(1)

2

5

The notice relates to more than 1, but fewer than 50, alleged contraventions of subsection 9(1)

The number obtained by multiplying 2 by the number of alleged contraventions

6

The notice relates to 50 or more alleged contraventions of subsection 9(1)

200

6   Withdrawal of an infringement notice

             (1)  This clause applies if an infringement notice is given to a person.

             (2)  An authorised person may, by written notice (the withdrawal notice ) given to the person, withdraw the infringement notice.

             (3)  To be effective, the withdrawal notice must be given to the person within 28 days after the infringement notice was given.

Refund of penalty if infringement notice withdrawn

(4)If:

                     (a)  the penalty specified in the infringement notice is paid; and

                     (b)  the infringement notice is withdrawn after the penalty is paid;

                   the Commonwealth is liable to refund the penalty.

7   What happens if the penalty is paid

             (1)  This clause applies if:

                     (a)  an infringement notice relating to one or more alleged civil contraventions is given to a person; and

                     (b)  the penalty is paid in accordance with the infringement notice; and

                     (c)  the infringement notice is not withdrawn.

             (2)  Any liability of the person for the alleged civil contraventions is discharged.

             (3)  Proceedings under Part 3 may not be brought against the person for the alleged civil contraventions.

8   Effects of this Schedule on civil proceedings

                   This Schedule does not:

                     (a)  require an infringement notice to be given in relation to an alleged civil contravention; or

                     (b)  affect the liability of a person to have proceedings under Part 3 brought against the person for an alleged civil contravention if:

                              (i)  the person does not comply with an infringement notice relating to the contravention; or

                             (ii)  an infringement notice relating to the contravention is not given to the person; or

                            (iii)  an infringement notice relating to the contravention is given to the person and subsequently withdrawn; or

                     (c)  limit the Federal Court’s discretion to determine the amount of a penalty to be imposed on a person who is found in proceedings under Part 3 to have committed a civil contravention.

9   Appointment of authorised person

                   The ACCC may, by writing, appoint a member of the staff of the ACCC as an authorised person for the purposes of this Schedule.