Australia - Telecommunications Act 1997


The most important piece of legislation for the telecommunications industry is the Commonwealth’s Telecommunications Act. Not only did it lay down the legal framework for the industry and the supply level, the legislated interaction with the Radiocommunications Act and the Trade Practices Act established the key rights and responsibilities on the demand and supply participants. This report highlights the key changes made by the 1996 Act and the policies behind the key elements of the legislation. In addition, the Act is analysed two years after its introduction.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Overview of the legislative package
  • 3. Key elements of the Act
  • 4. Main policies
    • 4.1 Carriers and Service Providers
    • 4.2 Access
    • 4.3 Anti-competitive conduct
    • 4.4 Universal Services Obligations
    • 4.5 Carrier’s powers and immunities
    • 4.6 Technical regulations
    • 4.7 Radiocommunications
  • 5. Analysis on the legislation
    • 5.1 Positive approach at the start
    • 5.2 Two years on no progress made
    • 5.3 Review telecoms specific regulations – 2000 - 2002

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Last updated 9 Jul 2003
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Analyst: Paul Budde

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