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Telstra Corporation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2021

2019-2020-2021

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

As passed by both Houses

 

 

 

 

Telstra Corporation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2021

 

No.      , 2021

 

 

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend legislation relating to Telstra, and for other purposes

   

   



Contents

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

2............ Commencement.................................................................................. 1

3............ Schedules............................................................................................ 3

Schedule 1—Amendments commencing on the day after Royal Assent 5

Part 1—Amendments                                                                                                     5

Telecommunications Act 1997                                                                                    5

Telstra Corporation Act 1991                                                                                   24

Telstra Corporation (Ownership—Interests in Shares) Regulations 2018       30

Part 2—Transitional                                                                                                      32

Schedule 2—Amendments contingent on the implementation of an approved scheme of arrangement                                                                                               36

Part 1—Main amendments                                                                                        36

Division 1—Amendments                                                                                         36

Competition and Consumer Act 2010                                                                     36

Telecommunications Act 1997                                                                                  39

Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999 61

Division 2—Transitional                                                                                           69

Part 2—Other amendments                                                                                       70

A Code of Access to Telecommunications Transmission Towers, Sites of Towers and Underground Facilities                                                                                                                                        70

Telecommunications Act 1997                                                                                  71

Telecommunications (Carrier Licence Conditions - Telstra Corporation Limited) Declaration 2019            71

Telecommunications (Emergency Call Persons) Determination 2019             72

Telecommunications (Emergency Call Service) Determination 2019               73

Telecommunications (Statutory Infrastructure Providers—Exempt Real Estate Development Projects and Building Redevelopment Projects) Determination (No.1) 2020                                         74

Schedule 3—Amendments relating to contracts and agreements          76

Telecommunications Act 1997                                                                                  76

Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999 79

Schedule 4—Amendments relating to access to supplementary facilities and telecommunications transmission towers                                                                               82

Telecommunications Act 1997                                                                                  82

Telecommunications (Arbitration) Regulations 2018                                          94

Schedule 5—Exemption from sunsetting                                                               95

Legislation (Exemptions and Other Matters) Regulation 2015                          95

 

 



A Bill for an Act to amend legislation relating to Telstra, and for other purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1   Short title

                   This Act is the Telstra Corporation and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2021 .

2   Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provisions

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  Sections 1 to 3 and anything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

2.  Schedule 1

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

3.  Schedules 2 and 3

At the earliest time when any of the property of Telstra Corporation Limited (ACN 051 775 556) is transferred to and vested in Telstra Limited (ACN 086 174 781) by virtue of an order of the Federal Court of Australia made in accordance with section 413 of the Corporations Act 2001 .

However, the provisions do not commence at all if none of the property of Telstra Corporation Limited (ACN 051 775 556) is transferred to and vested in Telstra Limited (ACN 086 174 781) by virtue of an order of the Federal Court of Australia made in accordance with section 413 of the Corporations Act 2001 .

The Minister must announce, by notice published on the Department’s website, the commencement of the provisions.

 

4.  Schedules 4 and 5

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally enacted. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this Act.

             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this Act. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this Act.

3   Schedules

                   Legislation that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.

Note 1:       The provisions of the Telstra Corporation (Ownership—Interests in Shares) Regulations 2018 amended or inserted by this Act, and any other provisions of those regulations, may be amended or repealed by regulations made under section 42 of the Telstra Corporation Act 1991 (see subsection 13(5) of the Legislation Act 2003 ).

Note 2:       The provisions of the A Code of Access to Telecommunications Transmission Towers, Sites of Towers and Underground Facilities amended or inserted by this Act, and any other provisions of that Code, may be amended or repealed by an instrument made under subclause 37(1) of Schedule 1 to the Telecommunications Act 1997 (see subsection 13(5) of the Legislation Act 2003 ).

Note 3:       The provisions of the Telecommunications (Arbitration) Regulations 2018 amended or inserted by this Act, and any other provisions of those regulations, may be amended or repealed by regulations made under section 594 of the Telecommunications Act 1997 (see subsection 13(5) of the Legislation Act 2003 ).

Note 4:       The provisions of the Telecommunications (Carrier Licence Conditions - Telstra Corporation Limited) Declaration 2019 amended or inserted by this Act, and any other provisions of that declaration, may be varied by an instrument made under subsection 63(5) of the Telecommunications Act 1997 , or revoked by an instrument made under subsection 63(6) of that Act (see subsection 13(5) of the Legislation Act 2003 ).

Note 5:       The provisions of the Telecommunications (Emergency Call Persons) Determination 2019 amended or inserted by this Act, and any other provisions of that determination, may be amended or repealed by an instrument made under paragraph 19(1)(b) of the Telecommunications Act 1997 (see subsection 13(5) of the Legislation Act 2003 ).

Note 6:       The provisions of the Telecommunications (Emergency Call Service) Determination 2019 amended or inserted by this Act, and any other provisions of that determination, may be amended or repealed by an instrument made under subsection 147(1) of the Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999 (see subsection 13(5) of the Legislation Act 2003 ).

Note 7:       The provisions of the Telecommunications (Statutory Infrastructure Providers—Exempt Real Estate Development Projects and Building Redevelopment Projects) Determination (No.1) 2020 amended or inserted by this Act, and any other provisions of that instrument, may be amended or repealed by an instrument made under subsection 360H(3A) or (5A), or both, of the Telecommunications Act 1997 (see subsection 13(5) of the Legislation Act 2003 ).

Note 8:       The provisions of the Legislation (Exemptions and Other Matters) Regulation 2015 amended or inserted by this Act, and any other provisions of those regulations, may be amended or repealed by regulations made under section 62 of the Legislation Act 2003 (see subsection 13(5) of that Act).