On 1 December the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Deregulation) Bill 2014 (Bill) was introduced into the Senate and read for a second time.

The Bill intends to contribute to the Government's deregulatory agenda to reduce red tape and streamline the delivery of public interest telecommunications services.

As outlined in the October Telecommunications Regulatory Update, the Bill addresses a range of matters including:

  • repeals some of Part 13 of the Telecommunications Act to remove some record-keeping and reporting obligations imposed on telecommunications providers in relation to authorised disclosures of information or documents;
  • amends section 17 of the Do Not Call Register Act 2006 (Cth) making the registration period for numbers on the Do Not Call Register an indefinite period;
  • modernises publishing requirements in theTelecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999 (Cth), including to streamline notice requirements to improve the operation of the Customer Service Guarantee;
  • amends provisions to relax pre-selection obligations on telecommunications providers;
  • repeals provisions in Part 6 of the Telecommunications Act in respect of the making of e-marketing industry codes; and
  • transfers the functions of the Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency to the Department of Communications.

The Bill was introduced with the Telecommunications (Industry Levy) Amendment Bill 2014 which amends theTelecommunications (Industry Levy) Act 2012 (Cth) to provide that the imposition of the industry levy will continue to operate under the Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act following the repeal of the Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency Act 2012 (Cth).

The media release can be found here. The Bill and Explanatory Memorandum can be found here.