Consultation on possible amendments to Pit and Pipe Exemption Criteria

We're seeking feedback on possible amendments to the pit and pipe exemption criteria in the Telecommunications (Fibre-Ready Facilities—Exempt Real Estate Development Projects) Instrument 2021.

Why we want your input

We’re seeking your views on possible amendments to the criteria for exempting new real estate developments from requirements to install pit and pipe infrastructure to enable telecommunication connection under Part 20A of the Telecommunications Act 1997. Pit and pipe are key infrastructure used for fixed-line networks. While such networks are usually installed in metropolitan areas, in rural or remote areas that are served by wireless or satellite they may not be necessary.
The consultation paper provides background on new developments, pit and pipe rules, and existing and proposed changes to the exemptions.

How you can voice your opinion

Comments are sought by 6:00 pm on 11 September 2023 and can be emailed to new.developments@infrastructure.gov.au.

What will be the outcome of this consultation?

Your submission will help inform any amendments to the criteria outlined in the Telecommunications (Fibre-Ready Facilities—Exempt Real Estate Developments) Instrument 2021.

The Issue

The Telecommunications (Fibre-Ready Facilities—Exempt Real Estate Development Projects) Instrument 2021 allows developers in rural areas to be exempt from the statutory requirements to install pit and pipe if their developments meet criteria specified in the instrument. This instrument is due to sunset (or cease) in January 2024 and will either need to be remade as it is, revised or allowed to sunset.

The department supports the instrument being revised with amendments to better focus the criteria on developments that are unlikely to receive fixed-line network services.

Relevant documentation

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16 Aug 2023 09:00 AEST
11 Sep 2023 18:00 AEST
Closed
This consultation is closed.