Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates from the Australian Government

We provide government with the best options and policy advice on issues relating to communications and the arts, including on the delivery of services to regional Australia. Our advice is evidence-based and is informed by research, stakeholder consultation and critical analysis of sectoral developments and market trends.

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31 August 2021
Certain types of developments may be exempt from the requirements to install fibre-ready pit and pipe under Part 20A of the Telecommunications Act 1997.
29 July 2021
It is important to make sure telecommunications infrastructure is available in real estate new developments.
21 May 2021
Certain types of developments may be exempt from the requirements to install fibre-ready pit and pipe under Part 20A of the Telecommunications Act 1997.
8 January 2021
The Government's approach to consumer safeguards The Australian Government promotes an open, competitive telecommunications market so Australians can have access to innovative and affordable services. The Competition and Consumer Act 2010 supports this aim. The Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer Safeguards) Act 2010 also protects consumers by:
19 October 2020
The ACCC has declared a layer 2-bitstream service. This service is called the local bitstream access service (LBAS). The ACCC declared the LBAS in February 2012, and subsequently made a final access determination for the LBAS declaration.
8 February 2019
New legislation will allow emergency service organisations and others to gain access to NBN infrastructure and also allows temporary telecommunications towers to be specified as low-impact facilities.
10 July 2018
The Australian Government has a lot of IP to protect, and all government agencies are responsible for managing the IP they produce.
16 December 2015
Dial Before You Dig is Australia’s free referral service for information on the location of underground infrastructure.
11 December 2015
Australia was among the first 20 countries to join the Marrakesh Treaty, which came into force on 30 September 2016. The Treaty is an international agreement that will help an estimated 285 million people worldwide have greater access to books published in accessible formats such as large print, braille or audio.
7 December 2015
The Copyright Act 1968 sets out a government use statutory licence. Under this licence, the Australian Government is allowed to use whatever copyright material it needs, for official purposes