We are seeking feedback on whether telecommunications carriage service provider (CSP) obligations should apply to the manufacturers and distributors of connected vehicles, or the manufacturers and distributors of after-market units that connect vehicles to the internet.
Why we want your inputWe want your feedback on whether distributors and manufacturers of connected vehicles, along with companies that manufacture and provide services for after-market connectivity to vehicles, should be subject to the CSP definitions and obligations under the Telecommunications Act 1997.
How you can voice your opinionRead the Discussion Paper and upload (using the ‘have your say’ button on this page) or email your submission to: coord@COMMUNICATIONS.gov.au
What will be the outcome of this consultation?Your submission will help inform how we approach reshaping telecommunications legislation to incorporate new and emerging technologies, such as connected vehicles.
Connected vehicles use mobile technologies to share data and communicate with the driver and other wireless services. There are a range of connected vehicles currently on the market, with those numbers expected to grow into the future.
Both the automotive industry and the department generally agree that manufacturers and distributors of connected vehicles, as well as companies that manufacture and provide services for after-market connectivity, are considered CSPs under section 87 of the Telecommunications Act 1997. This is because they usually provide ongoing access to a carriage service via subscriptions to vehicle connectivity.
CSPs must comply with various regulatory obligations related to competition, consumer protection and the national interest.
We want your thoughts on whether CSP obligations should apply to distributors and manufacturers of connected vehicles and how we should manage the application of obligations if they do. Interested parties can provide responses to the questions set out on pages 14 and 15 of the Discussion Paper.
The aim of this process is to provide certainty for industry, and to support the roll out of connected vehicles across Australia, while ensuring that telecommunications regulatory obligations are directed to the right parts of the industry.
Australian Privacy Principle 5 Notice
Telecommunications Legislation and Connected Vehicles
The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts (the department) is collecting information for the purposes of reviewing carrier service provider obligations that may be attached to the manufacturers and distributors of connected vehicles, or after-market units that connect vehicles to the internet, in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988.
The department will use this information to inform consideration of issues associated with carrier service provider obligations that may be attached to the manufacturers and distributors of connected vehicles, or after-market units that connect vehicles to the internet and will store this information securely. It may be used by the department to make further contact with you about the review.
The department will not disclose information to third parties, except in the circumstances outlined below.
Submissions, in part or full, including the name of the author may be published on the department's website unless the submission is confidential. Confidential submissions (including the author's name) will not be published. Private addresses and contact details will not be published or disclosed to any third parties unless required by law.
Submissions will only be treated as confidential if they are expressly stated to be confidential. Automatically generated confidentiality statements or disclaimers appended to an email do not suffice for this purpose. If you wish you make a confidential submission, you should indicate this by ensuring your submission is marked confidential.
Confidential submissions will be kept securely and will only be disclosed in the following circumstances:
- in response to a request by a Commonwealth Minister
- where required by a House or a Committee of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia
- where required by law.
The department may also disclose confidential submissions within the Commonwealth of Australia, including with other Commonwealth agencies, where necessary in the public interest.
Please note that in order to protect the personal privacy of individuals in accordance with the Privacy Act any submissions containing sensitive information, personal information or information which may reasonably be used to identify a person or group of people may not be published, even if not marked as confidential.
We invite you to to tell us your views on this topic.
- contact name
- organisation name, 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.
If your submission is confidential, please ensure each page of the submission is marked as confidential.
Please click on the 'Have your say now' button below to upload your submission.
Alternatively please email your completed template submission to coord@COMMUNICATIONS.gov.au or send it to:
Telecommunications Competition Section
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts
GPO Box 594
Canberra ACT 2601