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Proposed mobile phone jammer exemption for Corrective Services NSW - consultation 34/2021

We are proposing to make a mobile phone jammer exemption for Corrective Services NSW to continue using mobile phone jammers at Lithgow and Goulburn correctional centres. 

Status
Open
Consultation number
IFC 34/2021
Closing in 6 days (01 November 2021)
In progress
  • 1

    Consultation opens

    04 Oct 2021
  • 2

    Consultation closes

    01 Nov 2021

Key documents

The issue

In Australia, possession and operation of mobile phone jammers is banned. This is because mobile phone jammers can disturb mobile phone communications and prevent calls from being made. This may include calls to emergency services.

However, there are some legitimate uses for mobile phone jammers that need exemptions.

We have previously made exemptions for Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) to trial the use of mobile phone jammers at some of its facilities.

CSNSW has been trialling a mobile phone jammer at Goulburn since December 2019. These trial arrangements will expire on 13 December 2021. CSNSW also trialled a mobile phone jammer at Lithgow from 2013–18. Ongoing exemptions have been in place since 2018.

Mobile phone jamming at Lithgow and Goulburn, aimed at stopping the illicit use of mobile phones by inmates, has not caused interference to outside mobile phone users.

We are proposing to:

  • extend ongoing exemption arrangements to CSNSW at Goulburn Correctional Centre
  • replace existing exemption arrangements at Lithgow Correctional Centre
  • consolidate both exemptions arrangements under a single new instrument.

Have your say

We welcome comment from interested stakeholders on the issues raised, or any other issues relevant to establishing ongoing exemptions for CSNSW’s use of PMTS jamming devices at Goulburn and Lithgow.

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