Bills Digest 92 1996-97 Telecommunications (Numbering Charges) Bill 1996


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CONTENTS

Passage History

Telecommunications (Numbering Charges) Bill 1996

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 July 1997.

Purpose

The purpose of this Bill is to impose 2 charges in respect of telephone number:

  • 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 providers.

Background

This Bill is a part of a package of Bills, the purpose of which is to implement a new regulatory framework for the telecommunications industry.

Refer to the Background contained in the Digest of the Telecommunications Bill 1996.

Main Provisions

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 14).

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).

Digest Note:

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.

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Lee Jones
5 February 1997
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ISSN 1323-9031
Commonwealth of Australia 1996

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Published by the Department of the Parliamentary Library, 1997.

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Last updated: 26 March 1997



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