Communications Legislation Amendment (Deregulation and Other Measures) Bill 2019

Communications and the Arts
Originating house
House of Representatives
Parliament no

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Amends the: Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: remove duplicative requirements for licensees, publishers and controllers to notify the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) of certain changes in control of regulated media assets; remove requirements for certain television broadcasters to apply different classification standards for films when developing industry codes of practice; remove certain classification-related licence conditions on commercial television and community television broadcasting licensees and providers of open narrowcasting services; and amend two statutory publication requirements; National Broadband Network Companies Act 2011 to permit an NBN corporation to supply non-communications goods to another person in certain circumstances; Telecommunications Act 1997 to: correct a technical error in relation to the admissibility of certain evidence in court proceedings; remove the requirement for the ACMA to consult with an advisory committee before declaring a submarine cable protection zone; and remove the ability of NBN Co to issue and keep a register of statements that it will not be installing fibre in a new real estate development; Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999 to restore an inadvertently repealed provision clarifying that certain determinations of the minister are not legislative instruments; Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Broadcasting Reform) Act 2017 to: increase the transitional support payment for Network Investments from $632 000 to $819 000; and provide for transitional arrangements; Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and Telecommunications Act 1997 to amend the statutory information collection powers of the ACMA and the ACCC; Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983, Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and Special Broadcasting Service Act 1991 to make technical amendments; and Telecommunications Act 1997 and three other Acts to enable the development of an industry-based scheme for the management of telephone numbering resources. Also repeals 53 Act spent and redundant Acts; and makes amendments to four Acts to make consequential amendments and repeal redundant provisions.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 16 Oct 2019
Second reading moved 16 Oct 2019
Second reading debate 25 Nov 2019
Second reading agreed to 25 Nov 2019
Third reading agreed to 25 Nov 2019
Introduced and read a first time 27 Nov 2019
Second reading moved 27 Nov 2019
Second reading debate 05 Dec 2019
Second reading agreed to 05 Dec 2019
Third reading agreed to 05 Dec 2019
Finally passed both Houses 05 Dec 2019
  • Act no: 120
  • Year: 2019
12 Dec 2019

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