On 27 February, the Government announced that its Telecommunications in New Developments policy is being revised following the industry consultation process.

The purpose of the policy is to improve the efficient supply of telecommunications in new developments through effective competition while ensuring residents in new developments have ready access to modern telecommunications infrastructure.

Charges for in-estate infrastructure will continue to apply to new developments accepted by NBN Co from 1 March 2015. However, because of notification requirements, these charges would only be collected from the second half of the year.

In light of feedback, charges for backhaul and end-user connection will come into effect from 1 July 2015 to provide the development and communications sectors with more time to adjust.

The policy is currently being finalised and is expected to be released shortly.

The media release can be found here.