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Review of fibre-ready facilities exemptions under the Telecommunications Act 1997

Under the Telecommunications Act 1997, building lots and units cannot be sold or leased unless fibre-ready facilities, such as pit and pipe, are installed in close proximity. There are some exemptions to this requirement, which the Australian Government is currently reviewing.

Why we want your input

We want to understand what is working, and what is not, when it comes to the exemptions in order to improve the Act.

How you can voice your opinion

Read the consultation paper and email your submission to by Friday, 18 February 2022.

What will be the outcome of this consultation?

Your submission will be used to inform the review of the fibre-ready facilities exemptions under Part 20A of the Telecommunications Act 1997.

The Issue

Under Part 20A of the Telecommunications Act 1997, developers are subject to statutory requirements not to sell or lease building lots or units unless fibre-ready facilities such as pit and pipe have been installed in proximity to those lots and units.

The requirements apply on a national basis, but some exemptions are available and are set out in legislative instruments. For example, exemptions apply where a developer can re‑use existing facilities and in rural or remote areas that are unlikely to be serviced by a fixed line network in the foreseeable future and that meet other criteria.

The Government is reviewing the exemptions in the instruments, and is seeking your views to understand what is working, and what is not, with a view to improving the operation of Part 20A of the Telecommunications Act 1997.

The review is also considering whether any of the measures in the instruments should be moved to the statute.

A consultation paper is available to help guide your submission.

If you wish to include confidential comments, please mark those clearly in your submission and mark the submission 'confidential' as well.

Discussion paper

Legislative instruments outlining exemptions include:

A list of exemptions under the second instrument is also available on our the Exemptions from pit and pipe requirements.

All submissions should be provided by Friday, 18 February 2022 to

Relevant documentation

Consultation paper—Review of Instruments under Part 20A of the Telecommunications Act 1997

This paper seeks the views of stakeholders and other interested parties on the need to continue or modify exemptions from statutory requirements to install fibre-ready facilities, particularly, but not solely, underground pit and pipe.


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