The ACCC is responsible for the economic regulation of the communications sector, including telecommunications and the National Broadband Network (NBN), broadcasting and content sectors.


Title Type Status
NBN Co - Special Access Undertaking implementation Monitoring Ongoing
21 May 2015

On 13 December 2013 the ACCC accepted NBN Co's Special Access Undertaking (SAU). The SAU commenced on 13 December 2013 and will expire in 2040.

The SAU specifies price and non-price terms and conditions relating to access to NBN Co's fibre, fixed wireless and satellite networks and other related services. Part XIC of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 provides a role for the ACCC in monitoring and enforcing NBN Co's complaince with the SAU.

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Domestic transmission capacity service final access determination inquiry 2014 Access determination Ongoing
20 May 2015

On 23 May 2014, the ACCC commenced a public inquiry into making a final access determination (FAD) for the domestic transmission capacity service (DTCS). The ACCC has commenced consultation on the primary price terms, with the release of a consultation paper on 23 July 2014.

The ACCC is consulting separately on non-price terms and conditions for the DTCS. On 25 March 2015, the ACCC released its draft decision on non-price terms and conditions, following a joint consultation process for a number of declared services, including the DTCS.

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FAD inquiries - Non-price terms & conditions & supplementary prices Access determination Ongoing
8 May 2015

The ACCC has commenced consultation on non-price terms and conditions and supplementary pricing issues for a number of related declared services:

  • fixed line services and wholesale ADSL service
  • mobile terminating access service (MTAS)
  • domestic transmission capacity service (DTCS)

Given these inquiries will cover a number of related issues regarding non-price terms and conditions and supplementary pricing issues, the ACCC considers there are benefits in conducting a combined consultation process on these issues.

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Information disclosure by NBN Co Policy development Ongoing
24 April 2015
The ACCC is consulting on what information NBN Co should disclose about the rollout of its network.

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Superfast broadband access service declaration inquiry Access declaration Submissions due
12 June 2015

On 11 September 2014, the ACCC commenced a declaration inquiry into whether a superfast broadband access service, such as the very-high-bit-rate digital subscriber line (VDSL) service, should be regulated under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.

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Mobile terminating access service FAD inquiry 2014 Access determination Submissions due
5 June 2015
The ACCC commences a public inquiry into making a final access determination for the Mobile Terminating Access Service (MTAS).

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Spectrum competition limits Policy development Ongoing
17 April 2015

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is responsible for managing spectrum under the Radiocommunications Act 1992.  When the ACMA is allocating spectrum licences, the Minister for Communications may direct the ACMA to impose limits (competition limits) on the amount of spectrum that a person can use under allocated licences, and the Minister may seek the ACCC's advice about the competition limits that may be appropriate. The competition limits that are ultimately imposed is a matter for the Minister and the ACMA

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Local Bitstream Access Service Access determination Ongoing

On 7 April 2015 the ACCC commenced an access determination inquiry in relation to the Local Bitstream Access Service (LBAS).

On 22 February 2012, following amendments to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, the ACCC declared the LBAS. The LBAS declaration does not expire.

On 3 October 2012, the ACCC made the LBAS Final Access Determination. The LBAS Final Access Determination expires on 5 October 2015.

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