Numbering matters affecting public
The submission period has now closed and the ACMA received the following submissions:
- Communications Alliance
- Derek Elwell (individual)
- Lupco Blazeski (individual)
- Nicholas Bishop (individual)
- Peter Mansfield (individual)
- Singtel Optus Pty Ltd
- Telstra Corporation Ltd
- Vodafone Hutchison Australia
On 11 October 2011, the ACMA announced its decision to take action on five matters which were explored through the course of the Numbering Work Program consultations and the ACMA’s Numbering Advisory Committee. The matters were to:
- Remove sectoral boundaries from geographic numbers in capital cities.
- Remove Schedule 12 in the Numbering Plan.
- Remove six service types that have no allocations and are no longer required and to remove the unused portions of number ranges from six service types with limited use.
- Amend the definition of the term ‘country code’ in the Numbering Plan dictionary
- Expand mobile number capacity
The ACMA is addressing these matters via two variations to the Telecommunications Numbering Plan 1997.
The first variation made by the ACMA on 15 December 2011, incorporated items 2, 3 and 4 above as well as some additional administrative matters that had been identified separately to the Numbering Work Program.
The second variation, incorporating items 1 and 5 as well as proposals to supplement geographic numbers is detailed in a public discussion paper, Numbering Variation 2012 – understanding its effect on numbering, which has been released for comment.
Written submissions on the matters raised in this paper are welcome.
Submissions must be received by the ACMA by close of business on 17 February 2012.
Submissions should be sent:
by email: email@example.com
Telecommunications Licensing, Numbering and Submarine Cables Section
Australian Communications and Media Authority
PO Box 13112
Melbourne, Victoria, 8010
Publication of submissions
In general, the ACMA publishes all submissions that it receives. However, the ACMA will not publish submissions that it considers contain defamatory or irrelevant material.
The ACMA prefers to receive submissions over which confidentiality is not claimed. 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 confidentiality claim.
The ACMA will consider each claim for confidentiality on a case-by-case basis. If the ACMA accepts a confidentiality claim, it will not publish the confidential information unless required or authorised by law.
Release of information in submissions
Any submissions provided to the ACMA may be released under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth). 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, a court subpoena). While the ACMA seeks to consult, and where required by law will consult, with 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.
Sharing of information
Under the Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005, the ACMA may disclose certain information to the Minister, the Department (including authorised officials), Royal Commissions, the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman, certain Commonwealth authorities such as the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and Australian Securities and Investments Commission, and the authority of a foreign country responsible for regulating matters relating to communications or media.
The ACMA is working to enhance the effectiveness of its stakeholder consultation processes, which are an important source of evidence for its regulatory development activities. To assist stakeholders in formulating submissions to its formal, written consultation processes, it has developed Effective consultation: A guide to making a submission. This guide provides information about the ACMA's formal written public consultation processes and practical guidance on how to make a submission.