Provisions of the spam Bill 2003 and the Spam (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2003

Spam Bill 2003 and Spam (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2003

The Senate has referred the provisions of these bills to the Committee for inquiry and report by 27 October 2003.

The proposed measures will see national legislation, to be enforced by the Australian Communications Authority, banning the sending of commercial spam without the prior consent of the recipient. The Spam Bill proposes exemptions for government agencies, political parties, charities, religious organisations and educational institutions.

The Committee invites written submissions from interested individuals and organisations preferably in electronic form sent by email to  The email must include full postal address and contact details.

Alternatively, submissions may be sent to The Secretary, Senate Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Legislation Committee, Parliament House, CANBERRA  ACT  2600, or faxed to 02 6277 5818. 

Submissions must be received by no later than Monday, 20 October 2003.

Submissions become committee documents and are made public only after a decision by the Committee. Persons making submissions must not release them without the approval of the Committee. Submissions are covered by parliamentary privilege but the unauthorised release of them is not.

Spam Bill 2003 and Spam (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2003

Report - Tabled 29 October 2003