On 19 March 2013, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (the Minister) gave a direction, titled The Australian Communications and Media Authority (Spectrum Licence Allocation–Combinatorial Clock Auction–Eligibility Deadline and Payment Terms) Direction 2013 (the Direction), requiring that the ACMA:
- not notify a winning bidder under subsection 6.8(1) of the Radiocommunications (Spectrum Licence Allocation-Combinatorial Clock Auction Determination) 2012 of the balance of the bidder’s winning price before:
- if any of the spectrum licences to be issued for the parts of the spectrum allocated to the bidder has a commencement date of 1 October 2014—19 August 2014
- otherwise—1 October 2014.
extend the date of the eligibility deadline for the auction from 21 March 2013 to 28 March 2013.
On 3 January 2013, the ACMA published the notice for the digital dividend auction and the Applicant Information Package (AIP). As part of this, the ACMA stated the date and time before which completed eligibility nomination forms must be received by the ACMA and eligibility payments must be paid to the ACMA on behalf of the Commonwealth or deeds of financial security must be given to the ACMA (the eligibility deadline). The original eligibility deadline was 11.59 pm on 21 March 2013.
As a result of the Direction, the ACMA has revised the eligibility deadline from 11.59 pm on 21 March 2013 to 11.59 pm on 28 March 2013. It has also revised the auction commencement date from 16 April 2013 to 23 April 2013. In accordance with subsections 4.4(2) and 4.5(4) of Part 4 of the Radiocommunications (Spectrum Licence Allocation—Combinatorial Clock Auction) Determination 2012, this notice gives details of changes to the notice advertising the digital dividend auction and the AIP for the auction.
For ease of reference, the changes made are listed here.
As a result of these changes, the ACMA has revised the auction timetable and bidder engagement plan.