Consultation on the Telecommunications Reform Package

The Australian Government is seeking stakeholder feedback on draft legislation to implement a package of reforms for the telecommunications industry.  

Why we want your input

The exposure draft of the legislation is your opportunity to provide feedback and suggestions on the Bills.

How you can voice your opinion

We would be grateful for written submissions from stakeholders.

What will be the outcome of this consultation

Your submissions will inform any changes or improvements to the current Bills.

The Issue

The Australian Government has released Exposure Drafts on proposed changes to the regulatory regime applying to superfast broadband. The legislation is designed to give effect to the Australian Government's response to the Independent Cost-Benefit Analysis and Review of Regulation and has been informed by the detailed analysis undertaken by the Bureau of Communications Research (BCR) on funding NBN Co Limited's (nbn) non-commercial services to rural and regional Australia.

The reforms are designed to:

  • improve the underlying competitive framework in which superfast broadband infrastructure providers operate
  • formalise the Australian Government's commitment to a ubiquitous National Broadband Network by establishing a Statutory Infrastructure Provider regime to ensure people in Australia can access a superfast broadband service, no matter where they live or work
  • enable services to regional areas to be sustainably funded into the future through the introduction of the Regional Broadband Scheme, that will require all eligible broadband network providers to contribute, alongside nbn, towards the long-term costs of regional Australia's nbn satellite and fixed wireless services.

Consultation on the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer) Bill 2017 and Telecommunications (Regional Broadband Scheme) Charge Bill 2017 Exposure Drafts are open until 3 February 2017. The Australian Government intends for the legislation to commence from 1 July 2017.

Enquiries about issues raised in the consultation draft can be directed by email to


Relevant Documentation

Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer) Bill 2017

Published 12th Dec 2016

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Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer) Bill 2017.

Telecommunications (Regional Broadband Scheme) Charge Bill 2017

Published 12th Dec 2016

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Telecommunications (Regional Broadband Scheme) Charge Bill 2017.

Explanatory notes on draft Bills

Published 12th Dec 2016

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This document provides an overview of the two draft Bills and explains the operation of the key measures in these Bills.

Regulation Impact Statement—Amendments to Parts 7 and 8 of the Telecommunications Act 1997 and Part XIC of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010

Published 12th Dec 2016

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Regulation Impact Statement for the changes to the wholesale and retail rules.

Regulation Impact Statement—introduction of a Statutory Infrastructure Provider Regime into the Telecommunications Act 1997

Published 12th Dec 2016

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Regulation Impact Statement for the introduction of the Statutory Infrastructure Provider provisions.

Regulation Impact Statement—Establishing an ongoing funding arrangement for nbn’s fixed wireless and satellite networks

Published 12th Dec 2016

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Regulation Impact Statement for the introduction of the Regional Broadband Scheme.


Your submissions were used to inform the Telecommunications Reform Package which was introduced into Parliament on 22 June 2017. 


12 Dec 2016 12:00 AEDT
03 Feb 2017 17:00 AEDT

We invite you to tell us your views on this topic.

Submissions must include your name, organisation and contact details.Please be aware that submissions may be made publicly available, including on our website unless you clearly indicated otherwise. We reserve the right to not publish any submission, or part of a submission, which in our view contains potentially defamatory material, or where we consider it appropriate to do so for confidentiality reasons.

Please include:

  • contact name
  • the organisation represented, if applicable
  • contact details, including telephone number, postal and email addresses
  • confirmation whether or not your submission can be made public—published—or kept confidential.

All submissions to be made public need to meet the Digital Service Standard for accessibility. Any submission that does not meet this standard may be modified before being made public.

If your submission is to be made public, please ensure you do not include any personal information that you don't want to be published.

This consultation is closed.


Kenneth Tsang
Adam C. Webber
Australian Taxpayers Alliance
Better Internet for Rural Regional Remote Australia
Cotton Australia
GFOA - Request for Clarifications on RBS Charge
Great Northern Telecommunications