Communications

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

ACCC role in communications

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

Broadcasting & content

The ACCC is responsible for the economic regulation of the communications sector, including the broadcasting and content sectors.

Compliance & anti-competitive conduct

The ACCC monitors and enforces compliance with a range of telecommunications-specific legislation as well as the general consumer protection and anti-competitive conduct provisions in the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.

Fixed line services

Under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (the Act), the ACCC is able to declare and make final access determinations for listed carriage services if it considers it is in the long term interests of end users for it to do so.

Industry reform

In late 2010, the Australian Government introduced legislation which created a framework for reforming the telecommunications industry—effecting structural separation of Telstra by the progressive migration of Telstra’s fixed line access services

Intellectual property

The ACCC has an ongoing interest in intellectual property issues and on copyright more specifically. This interest arises from a number of sources, including the intersection of competition policy and intellectual property policy and from provisions in the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and the Copyright Act 1968.

Mobile services

The ACCC regulates access to telecommunications under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (the Act).

Monitoring & reporting

The ACCC collects a range of information from Telstra and other telecommunications providers to monitor competition, monitor market developments and inform regulatory decisions. The Minister can also require that the ACCC monitor and report on various aspects of competition within the industry.

National Broadband Network (NBN)

The ACCC has a number of responsibilities in the regulation of the National Broadband Network through Part XIC of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.

Transmission services & facilities access

The ACCC regulates access to telecommunication wholesale services and infrastructure under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and the Telecommunication Act 1997.

Projects

Title Type Status
NBN Co SAU variation 2017 Access undertaking Under assessment

On 22 June 2017, NBN Co formally withdrew its original variation lodged with the ACCC on 27 May 2016.  NBN Co simultaneously lodged a new proposed variation to its SAU (new SAU variation).   

The ACCC will release a consultation paper on the revised SAU variation shortly.  The ACCC is inviting submissions from stakeholders until 4 August 2017.

Broadband performance monitoring & reporting program Monitoring Ongoing
19 June 2017

On 7 April 2017, the Federal Government announced that it will fund a new broadband performance monitoring program to provide Australian consumers with accurate and independent information about broadband speeds.

Access to Telstra exchange facilities (TEF RKR) Review Finalised
June 2017
Following a consultation process, the ACCC has extended the operation of the TEF RKR (with some minor variations) for another 3 years until 14 July 2014.
Domestic Mobile Roaming Declaration Inquiry 2016 Access declaration Ongoing
5 May 2017
On 5 September 2016, the ACCC commenced an inquiry into whether to declare a wholesale domestic mobile roaming service.
NBN Wholesale Market Indicators Report Policy development Ongoing
3 May 2017
The ACCC proposes to publish a NBN Wholesale Market Indicators report which would provide, on a quarterly basis, visibility over the development of the wholesale market for NBN access services.
NBN Co SAU variation Undertaking variation Ongoing
April 2017
On 27 May 2016, NBN Co lodged a proposed variation to its Special Access Undertaking (SAU) with the ACCC. The Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA) allows NBN Co to give the ACCC a variation to an SAU already in operation. The ACCC accepted NBN Co’s current SAU on 13 December 2013, following an extensive consultation process.
Telstra's Migration Plan Compliance assessment Ongoing
10 April 2017
The ACCC is currently considering this proposed variation submitted 14 June 2013.
SBAS Final Access Determination Inquiry 2016 Access determination Finalised
26 May 2017
On 29 July 2016, the ACCC commenced a public inquiry to make a final access determination (FAD) for the superfast broadband access service (SBAS) under section 152BC of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (the Act). This followed the release of the ACCC’s decision to declare the SBAS on 29 July 2016.

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