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TLN review submissions (IFC12_2013)

Issue for comment 12/2013

The TLN current specifies the labelling, testing and record keeping (evidentiary proof of compliance) requirements for equipment intended for connection to a telecommunications network.  It categorises equipment based on its type of connection to a telecommunications network (e.g. Copper, ISDN, radio).  It specifies minimum performance requirements predominantly in relation to safety, interoperability and audio performance characteristics.  It also specifies requirements in regard to grandfathering (continued compliance of old equipment) and interim arrangements surrounding the change of standards during the development and testing phases of equipment.

The TLN has been amended many times since its initial publication which has led to high levels of complexity and some redundancy within the notice.  The IFC broached these issues and commenced the discussion on a potential restructure of the Notice. 


Submissions closed on 12 April 2013. Six submissions were received none of the submissions were marked private and confidential.

The ACMA is currently considering these submissions.


The Australian Communications and Media Authority (the ACMA) sought public comment on the proposed review of the Telecommunications Labelling (Customer Equipment and Customer Cabling) Notice 2001 (the TLN).

The TLN is the primary legislative instrument that specifies the labelling and record keeping requirements for importers and manufacturers of telecommunications customer equipment (CE) and customer cabling (CC) for the Australian market.  The TLN specifies the applicable standards for items scoped by the arrangements.  Generally, telecommunications items that can connect to a telecommunications network are scoped by the TLN.

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The closing date for submissions was 12 April 2013.

The ACMA expects that a second consultation will occur when a draft version of the the revised TLN is prepared. 

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