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Institutional details 2017
Name of Authority
n/a
Year created 2005
Legal document that created the authority
The ACMA was established under the Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005.
Reports to Annual report to the Sector Ministry & Other: Reports specified under legislation
Does the Regulatory Authority also regulate other public utilities (e.g. electricity, gas, etc.)?
n/a
Is the Regulatory Authority autonomous in its decision making?
Yes
Who approves the budget of the Regulator?
n/a
Indicate the percentage of budget financed from each source:
Licence fees; ; percentage: Government appropriation; ; percentage: Numbering fees; ; percentage: Spectrum fees; ; percentage:
Structure of the Regulator 2017
Name of the Head of the Regulatory Authority:
Ms Nerida O'Loughlin (Chair of the ACMA. )
Is it a collegial body? Yes
Total number of members n/a
Is the Head of the commission also responsible for day to day administrative matters? Yes
Who appoints the Members/Head?
Period of appointment (years): n/a
Total number of staff in the Regulatory Authority: 446
Regulatory Functions 2017
R Licensing
R Interconnection rates
n/a Price Regulation
ACCC, wholesale price regulation, but not retail
Om R Technical standards settings
ACMA/Industry representative body co-regulation
R Radio frequency allocation
R Spectrum monitoring and enforcement
R Numbering
n/a Type approval
Labelling regime applies
n/a Service quality monitoring
M Om R Universal Service
Minister can make standards, rules and benchmarks. TelecommunicationsUniversal Service Management Agency) administers contracts; ACMA administers and collects the industry levy.
n/a Quality of service standards
R Enforcement of quality of service obligations
R Op Broadcasting
R Broadcasting content
Op Information technology
n/a Internet content
Key: M - Sector Ministry
R - Regulatory Authority
Om - Other Ministry or Government body
Op - Operator
O - Other
NR - Not regulated
Recent Legislation 2017
YearLegislation
2006 Datacasting Transmitter Licence Fees Act 2006
An Act to impose fees, by way of taxes, in relation to channel A datacasting transmitter licences, and for related purposes
2006 Datacasting Transmitter Licence Fees Act 2006
An Act to impose fees, by way of taxes, in relation to channel A datacasting transmitter licences, and for related purposes
2006 Do Not Call Register Act 2006
An Act to establish a Do Not Call Register, and for other purposes
2006 Do Not Call Register Act 2006
An Act to establish a Do Not Call Register, and for other purposes
2005 Interactive Gambling Act 2001
An Act about interactive gambling, and for related purposes
2005 Interactive Gambling Act 2001
An Act about interactive gambling, and for related purposes
2004 Spam Act 2003
Prohibits unsolicited commercial electronic messaging
2004 Spam Act 2003
Prohibits unsolicited commercial electronic messaging
1999 Telecommunications ((Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act
Provides for the universal service regime, the national relay service, untimed local calls, the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman Scheme and other consumer measures.
1999 Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999
A universal service regime is established. The main object of the universal service regime is to ensure that all people in Australia, wherever they reside or carry on business, should have reasonable access, on an equitable basis, to (a) standard telephone services; and (b) payphones; and (c) prescribed carriage services; and (d) digital data services.

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