The Prime Minister has released the list of legislation proposed
for introduction in the Autumn sittings of Federal Parliament,
starting Tuesday 8 February. Relevant Bills in the broadcasting and
telecommunications sectors are:
Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Digital Dividend and Other
Measures) Bill *
facilitate planning and implementing a more spectrum efficient
reorganisation of terrestrial digital television services in order
to achieve the digital dividend resulting from the switchoff of
analog television services
introduce minor amendments to the regulatory framework for
digital television, including to improve the operation of the
digital television services provided by the satellite service
licensed under section 38C of the Broadcasting Services Act
Broadcasting Services Amendment (Anti-siphoning) Bill *
Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Fibre Deployment)
This Bill will provide for the installation of fibre
infrastructure in new real estate developments.
Electronic Transactions Amendment Bill
This Bill will update the Electronic Transactions Act 1999 in
accordance with agreed model amendments to the uniform State and
Territory electronic transactions legislation. It will enable
accession to the United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic
Communications in International Contracts 2005 by clarifying
traditional rules on contract formation to address the needs of
Telecommunications (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill
This Bill will implement the recommendations of a review of the
submarine cable protection regime undertaken by the Australian
Communications and Media Authority by, among other thing, amending
the Telecommunications Act 1997 to better align Schedule 3A of the
Act, which deals with the protection of submarine cables, and the
United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea.
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