Amendment to the Customer Cabling Arrangements
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (the ACMA) is seeking public comment on proposed changes to customer cabling regulatory arrangements. The purpose of these proposed changes is to ensure that the current competency requirements for the registration of cabling providers are appropriate to ensure that providers are competent to perform cabling work for the current and future customer cabling environment including in relation to the installation of optical fibre and structured cabling. The aim of the changes are to also simplify the existing regulatory instruments to provide a regulatory environment that is easier to understand.
The proposed amendments are contained in the following instruments:
- Arrangements for Operation of the Registration System (No. 3) Amendment 2011 (the draft Arrangements Amendment Instrument)
- Telecommunications Cabling Provider Rules 2011 (No. 1) Amendment (the draft CPRs Amendment Instrument)
To assist in identifying where the changes to legislation have been made, links to copies of the current Arrangements Instrument, current CPRs instruments and previous Competency Requirements for Telecommunications Cabling Provider Rules 2000 have been provided.
This consultation process is intended to proceed in parallel with Communications Alliance’s review of AS/ACIF S009:2006 Installation requirements for Customer Cabling (Wiring Rules). The wiring rules are considered as an important part of the overall review of cabling regulation and are referenced in the Telecommunications Cabling Provider Rules 2000.
Interested parties are invited to comment on the draft instruments presented for public comment and to also identify any additional matters that may require clarification or amendment.
The ACMA welcomes submissions on the draft Amendment Notices. Industry participants, consumer bodies and members of the public are invited to make a submission by close of business, Wednesday 30 November 2011.
Submissions should identify:
- the name of the party making the submission
- the organisation represented (if applicable)
- contact details, including telephone, postal address and email address.
Submissions can be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to:
Australian Communications and Media Authority
Technical Regulation Development Section
PO Box 13112 Law Courts
Melbourne Vic 8010
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Publication of submissions
In general, the ACMA publishes all submissions it receives.
The ACMA prefers to receive submissions that are not claimed to be confidential. However, the ACMA accepts that a submitter may sometimes wish to provide information in confidence. In these circumstances, submitters are asked to identify the material over which confidentiality is claimed and provide a written explanation for the claim.
The ACMA will consider each confidentiality claim on a case-by-case basis. If the ACMA accepts a claim, it will not publish the confidential information unless authorised or required by law to do so.
Release of submissions where authorised or required by law
Any submissions provided to the ACMA may be released under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (unless an exemption applies) or shared with other Commonwealth Government agencies under Part 7A of the Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005. The ACMA may also be required to release submissions for other reasons including for the purpose of parliamentary processes or where otherwise required by law (for example, under a court subpoena). While the ACMA seeks to consult submitters of confidential information before that information is provided to another party, the ACMA cannot guarantee that confidential information will not be released through these or other legal means.