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Proposed trial of mobile phone jammers at Goulburn Correctional Complex

Consultation closes: 16 June 2016

IFC: 10/2016

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Consultation paper—Proposed trial of mobile phone jammers at Goulburn Correctional Complex

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Draft Radiocommunications (Testing and Field Trial by Corrective Services NSW of PMTS Jamming Devices at Goulburn Correctional Complex) Exemption Determination 2016

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Issue for comment

The ACMA is consulting on a proposal to authorise a mobile phone jammer trial at Goulburn Correctional Complex, NSW. Following the success of a trial of mobile phone jammers at Lithgow Correctional Centre, NSW, a trial at Goulburn Correctional Complex will provide further information about the benefits and risks of the use of jammers in correctional facilities. To provide information about the proposed trial and the draft legislation to enable the trial, the ACMA has released a consultation paper.

The consultation paper invites comment on the draft Radiocommunications (Testing and Field Trial by Corrective Services NSW of PMTS Jamming Devices at Goulburn Correctional Complex) Exemption Determination 2016 (the draft Goulburn Exemption Determination). The Goulburn Exemption Determination, if made, will allow Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) to conduct a two-year trial of mobile phone jammers at Goulburn Correctional Complex.

This paper provides information about how mobile phone jammers operate and the regulation of mobile phone jammers in Australia. It also provides information about the trial at Lithgow Correctional Centre and the proposed trial at Goulburn Correctional Complex. Finally, the paper describes the key provisions of the draft Goulburn Exemption Determination, the conditions and requirements for the proposed trial and next steps.

Issue 1

Which features of the radiocommunications and physical environment around the Goulburn Correctional Complex should be taken into account, when developing the conditions for the proposed trial?

Issue 2

Are the provisions of the draft Goulburn Exemption Determination likely to allow a mobile phone jammer at Goulburn to operate in a way that will successfully prevent inmates from using illicit mobile phones?

Issue 3

Does the draft Goulburn Exemption Determination strike the right balance in allowing the benefits of the use of a jammer in this location to be realised, while mitigating the associated risks?