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Telecommunications (Numbering Charges) Bill
Date Introduced: 5 December 1996
House: House of Representatives
Portfolio: Communications and the Arts
Commencement: The Introduction and Transitional
Parts commence on the date on which the Act receives the Royal
Assent.The Allocation Charge and Annual Charge Parts commence on 1
The purpose of this Bill is to impose 2 charges in respect of
- a once-off charge on the allocation of a number to a carriage
service provider, and
- an annual charge on telephone number held by carriage service
This Bill is a part of a package of Bills, the purpose of which
is to implement a new regulatory framework for the
Refer to the Background contained in the Digest of the
Telecommunications Bill 1996.
This Bill has 4 parts.
Part 1 - Introduction
This Part deals with commencement and interpretation.
Part 2 - Allocation Charges
Clause 447 of the Telecommunications Bill 1996 allows
the ACA to determine an allocation system for allocating specified
numbers to carriage service providers.The system must allow for the
successful applicant and the amount to be paid for the allocation
of the number (known as the "eligible amount") to be determined by
tender, auction or another process.
Clauses 7 and 11 of this Bill
impose a charge on the allocation of the number.Clause
7 imposes a charge in circumstances where the number is
allocated in accordance with the allocation system.Clause
11 imposes a charge where the number is allocated
otherwise than in accordance with an allocation system.
The charge is payable by the carriage service provider
(Clauses 8 and 12).
Where the number is allocated in accordance with an allocation
system, the amount of the charge is the eligible amount
(Clause 9).Where the number is allocated otherwise
than in accordance with an allocation system, the amount of the
charge is to be ascertained in accordance with a determination of
the ACA (maximum of $100,000) (Clauses 13 and
Part 3 - Annual Charges
This Part imposes an annual charge on numbers held by a carriage
service provider at 30 June each year (commencing from 30 June
1998)(Clause 18).The charge is payable by the
holder of the number (Clause 19).
The amount of the charge is ascertained in accordance with a
written determination of the ACA (maximum $100,000)
(Clauses 19 and 20).
Part 4 - Transitional
This Part substitutes AUSTEL for the ACA in respect of all
powers conferred on the ACA which are exerciseable before 1 July
1997 (i.e. the date on which the ACA comes into existence).
This Bill should not be mistaken for the Telecommunications
(Numbering Fees) Amendment Bill 1996.That Bill amends the
Telecommunications (Numbering Fees) Act 1991 to impose an annual
charge on numbers allocated under the Telecommunications Act
1991.This Bill imposes a charge on numbers allocated under the
Telecommunications Act 1996.
5 February 1997
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