Issue for comment 41/2012
Submissions received to Issues paper 2
The ACMA received 8 submissions in response to the Issues paper 2—Spectrum licences in the 1800 MHz band. The submissions are available below.
- Australasian Railway Association (ARA)
- BHP Billiton Group Information Management
- Department of Defence
- GVK Hancock Coal
- Rio Tinto
- Vodafone Hutchison Australia
Submissions received to Issues paper 1
The ACMA received 14 submissions in response to the Issues paper 1—Regional and remote apparatus licences in the 1800 MHz band. The submissions are available below.
The ACMA is seeking the views of interested stakeholders to inform its development of a spectrum management strategy for the 1800 MHz band.
The strategy is intended to address increasing demand for access to spectrum in the 1800 MHz band from various industry sectors and provide suitable short- and long-term arrangements.
The consultation involves several elements and allows participants to help shape the nature of the discussion. The elements of the consultation include:
- 1800 MHz—a shared strategy (Word [.docx 402 kb] or PDF [416 kb]), released 25 October 2012.
- A stakeholder workshop, hosted by the ACMA at its Sydney office on 15 November 2012.
- A series of three issues papers:
- Issues paper 1—Regional and remote apparatus licences in the 1800 MHz band (Word [.docx 510 kb] or PDF [701 kb]), was released on 7 December 2012 and closed on 15 February 2013. Submissions to Issues paper 1 can be found above.
- Issues paper 2—Spectrum licences in the 1800 MHz band (Word [.docx 516 kb]), released on 4 March 2013 and closes on 12 April 2013. Please note that the closing date for submissions has been extended to 17 May. Submissions to Issues paper 2 can be found above.
- Issues paper 3, which sets out a proposal to develop arrangements to encourage greater spectrum sharing within and between industries.
Those interested are encouraged to contribute their views as comments to posts on the 1800 MHz consultation website, or to our acmadotgov social media channels on Facebook and Twitter (with the hash tag #1800MHz).
The ACMA also encourages submissions on the issues raised. These may be shorter, ad hoc submissions on particular issues, or a full, formal submission on all the matters covered by one of our issues papers. Submissions can be made:
By email: email@example.com
By facsimile: +61 2 6219 5353
Spectrum Outlook and Review Section
Australian Communications and Media Authority
PO Box 78
Belconnen ACT 2616
The closing date for all submissions will be the closing date for the final issues paper, expected to end second quarter 2013. However, early comments and submissions will help the ACMA to develop the second and third issues papers that will be released in the first and second quarters of 2013.
Media enquiries should be directed to Emma Rossi on (02) 9334 7719 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 a guide called 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.