On October 16 2014 the Omnibus Repeal Day (Autumn 2014) Act 2014 (Cth) received royal assent, and made changes to theTelecommunications Act 1997 (Cth). The changes included, the repeal of sections 480, 480A and 481 which dealt with standard form of agreement requirements. These provisions were repealed because the TCP Code sufficiently addresses these issues.

Other telecommunications-related amendments included:

  • repeal of Part 27A of the Telecommunications Act, which enabled the Minister to require telecommunications carriers to give certain information to the Commonwealth about their telecommunications networks between 12 February 2008 and 26 May 2009;
  • repeal of Part 19 of the Telecommunications Act, which regulated the phasing out of the Advanced Mobile Phone System  by 1 January 2000;
  • repeal of section 451 of the Telecommunications Act, which detailed consultation methods the ACMA may adopt when undertaking consultation about proposed declarations;
  • repeal of Part 7 of the Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999 (Cth), this was enacted to protect residential customers from losing prepaid monies if a provider failed to supply standard carriage services; and
  • amendments to streamline sections 152BEA and 152BEB of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth), which provide reporting and information requirements for telecommunications providers.

The Autumn Repeal Act can be found here.