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Options for boosting pit and pipe in new developments

Underground pit and pipe is used to deliver telecommunications cabling to homes and businesses. Most developers do the right thing and install this important facility. However, a small number are not doing this, causing inconvenience and added costs for property occupants.

Why we want your input

We want your views on the proposed options, including the likely costs and benefits. This will help us in advising whether changes are needed to boost the installation of pit and pipe for telecommunications.

How you can voice your opinion

You can voice your opinion by providing comments or a submission to this public consultation process. Submissions are requested by 12 pm AEST on Tuesday 29 September 2020.

What will be the outcome of this consultation?

Your feedback will inform the Government on whether to proceed with one or more of the options, including legislation.

The Issue

Underground pit and pipe is used to deliver telecommunications cabling to homes and businesses. Most developers do the right thing and install this important facility. However, a small number are not doing this, causing inconvenience and added costs for property occupants.

The Government wants to address this. Submissions on a draft regulatory impact statement and draft legislation are now available.

 

Relevant Documentation

Regulation Impact Statement, Consultation Draft

Published 31st Aug 2020

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Proposed amendments to Part 20A of the Telecommunications Act 1997 to reduce delays and costs to consumers

Exposure draft of Bill

Published 31st Aug 2020

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Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Infrastructure in New Developments) Bill 2020 (Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts) A Bill for an Act to amend legislation relating to telecommunications, and for other purposes

Outcome

Submissions on options to boost pit and pipe in new developments are available below.

The final Regulation Impact Statement will be available on the website of the Office of Best Practice Regulation.

Participate

31 Aug 2020 09:00 AEST
29 Sep 2020 12:00 AEST
Closed
This consultation is closed.

Submissions

Western Australia Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage submission
Document
Urban Development Institute of Australia submission
Document
Tasmanian Justice Department submission
Document
Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman submission
Telstra submission
Housing Industry Association submission
Australian Communications Consumer Action Network submission