The Prime Minister has released the list of legislation proposed
for introduction in the Winter sittings of Federal Parliament,
starting Tuesday 10 May. Bills with an asterisk are Government
priorities. Relevant Bills in the broadcasting and
telecommunications sectors are:
Broadcasting Services Amendment (Anti-siphoning) Bill *
Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Regional Commercial Radio
Local Content) Bill
This Bill will modify local content requirements on regional
commercial radio licensees, and reduce their compliance burden with
respect to maintaining existing levels of local presence, and
broadcasting material of local significance.
Broadcasting Services Amendment (Media Access) Bill
This main purpose of this Bill is to amend the television
captioning requirements in the Broadcasting Services Act 1992.
USO Entity Bill
Telecommunications Legislation Amendment Bill
Telecommunications Industry Levy Bill
This package of Bills will
establish a Government entity for delivering the Universal
establish the USO framework; and
revise current industry level arrangements so that industry
contributes to the full range of USO functions
Communications (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill
This Bill will make two sets of changes. The first relates to
submarine cables under Schedule 3A of the Telecommunications Act
1997 and other issues arising from the recent review of Schedule 3A
by the Australian Communications and Media Authority. The second
updates the reference in the Radiocommunications Act 1992 to the
Western Australian anti-corruption body listed and the WA
legislation under which the body is established.
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