Reimbursement of telecomms code development costs | ACMA

Reimbursement of telecomms code development costs

Telecommunications industry bodies and associations can apply to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (the ACMA) for reimbursement of the costs incurred developing consumer-related telecommunications industry codes.

For information about the scheme and how to apply, read the guide to Reimbursing costs of developing or varying consumer-related telecommunications industry codes.

Before the code is developed, industry bodies and associations must apply for a declaration of eligibility for reimbursement of costs expected to be incurred.

After the code is developed, the eligible body or association can claim for reimbursement.

The key elements of the scheme are that:

  1. only industry bodies and associations can apply for reimbursement

  2. code development costs that may be reimbursed include those incurred through the industry body or association’s research of the code issues, publication and consultation costs and costs incurred in obtaining the services and involvement of third parties, such as drafters, lawyers and consumer representatives

  3. the code must satisfy certain criteria, including that it must deal wholly or mainly with one or more matters relating to the relationship between carriage service providers and their retail customers

  4. only telecommunications industry codes developed under Part 6 of the Telecommunications Act 1997 and submitted to the ACMA for registration are covered by the scheme. The costs of developing industry standards, specifications, guidelines and other supporting arrangements can not be reimbursed under the scheme

  5. some categories of costs have been excluded from the scheme and can not be reimbursed.

Last updated: 26 July 2019