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Infrastructure Australia Amendment (National Broadband Network and Other Projects) Bill 2009

Schedule 1—Amendment relating to a proposed National Broadband Network

Infrastructure Australia Act 2008

1      After section 5

Insert:

5A  Infrastructure Australia to advise about National Broadband Network

             (1)  It is a function of Infrastructure Australia to advise the Communications Minister about the proposal for a national broadband network.

             (2)  Consistent with paragraphs 5(1)(b) and 5(2)(d), it is also a function of Infrastructure Australia to advise taxpayers, as majority owners of a proposed infrastructure company, about the proposal for a national broadband network.

             (3)  In undertaking these functions, Infrastructure Australia may undertake any function specified in section 5 which is relevant.

             (4)  In giving advice about the proposal for a national broadband network, Infrastructure Australia must apply the BAF evaluation criteria.

             (5)  Infrastructure Australia must prepare and give to the Communications Minister a written report of its advice under this section by 30 July 2009.

             (6)  The written report made under subsection (5) must include details of the methodology used in the assessment.

             (7)  The Minister must cause a copy of the report to be laid before each House of Parliament within 7 sitting days of receiving the report.

             (8)  In this section:

BAF evaluation criteria has the meaning given by the Nation-building Funds Act 2008 .

Communications Minister has the meaning given by the Nation-building Funds Act 2008 .

national broadband network means the network proposed to be developed by a majority Government-owned wholesale company to provide “fibre to the premises” broadband services to 90 per cent of Australian homes and to connect all other premises in Australia with “next generation wireless and satellite technologies”, which was announced by the Communications Minister on 7 April 2009.