Bills Digest 94 1996-97 Telecommunications (Carrier Licence Fees) Termination Bill 1996


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Passage History

Telecommunications (Carrier Licence Fees) Termination Bill 1996

Date Introduced: 5 December 1996
House: House of Representatives
Portfolio: Communications and the Arts
Commencement: The Act (including the amendments set out in Schedule 1) commences on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.The amendment set out in Schedule 2 commences on 1 July 1998.

Purpose

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.The purpose of this Bill is to impose a licence fee in respect of general and mobile telecommunications licences for the financial year ended 1 July 1997 and to increase the limit on licence fees to allow for recovery of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC) costs attributable to competition matters arising from its new telecommunications role.

Background

The International Telecommunications Union is a United Nations agency which deals with international cooperation in the use of telecommunications and of the radiofrequency spectrum.The ITU is involved in the establishment of standards and the development of world telecommunications.The government makes annual contributions to the ITU.

Section 6 of the Telecommunications (Carrier Licence Fees) Act 1991 presently limits the total licence fees payable by all licence holders to the sum of:

  • all amounts appropriated for the purposes of AUSTEL, and
  • the amount, determined under the regulations to be the proportion of the Commonwealth's contribution to the ITU that is to be recovered from carriers.

Under the Telecommunications Act 1996, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) will take over the competition functions of AUSTEL.

Main Provisions

Schedule 1 of this Bill amends the Telecommunications (Carrier Licence Fees) Act 1991:

  • to impose the carrier licence fee for 1 July 1997.Fees for 1 July 1998 (and after that date) will be imposed under the Telecommunications (Carrier Licence Charges) Act 1996; and

  • to provide that the total licence fees payable by carriers under section 6 of the Telecommunications (Carrier Licence Fees) Act 1991 should include:

    • an amount representing the proportion of the ACCC's costs attributable to its telecommunications functions and powers (in addition to the cost of AUSTEL), and

Schedule 2 of this bill repeals the Telecommunications (Carrier Licence Fees) Act 1991 with effect from 1 July 1998.That Act will be "replaced" by the Telecommunications (Carrier Licence Charges) Act 1996.

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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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