Regulation review: IPND, DNCR & spam | ACMA

Regulation review: IPND, DNCR & spam

Consultation closes: 08 December 2017

IFC: 30/2017

Outcome of the consultation

On 16 May 2018, the ACMA submitted it's report to the Minister in response to Recommendation 6 of the ACMA Review.

The ACMA received 15 submissions in response to this consultation. These submissions informed the report sent to the Minister. Submissions can be accessed from the right hand side index box under 'Other submissions received'.

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Consultation paper:
Potential for industry self-regulation of the Integrated Public Number Database, the Do Not Call Register and commercial electronic messages

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In response to Recommendation 6 of the ACMA Review, the ACMA is examining whether the following regulatory functions, or parts of the functions, could be referred to industry for self-regulation:

  • the Integrated Public Number Database (IPND)
  • the Do Not Call Register (DNCR) and responsibilities in relation to the Do Not Call Register Act 2006 and related industry standards
  • the regulation of commercial electronic messages under the Spam Act 2003.

We invite detailed, evidence-based submissions from industry and other interested parties.

Submissions received in response to this consultation paper, along with research and the ACMA’s experience as the regulator responsible for administering the functions, will inform a report to the Minister for Communications. The report will advise on whether the specified functions—or parts of the functions—could be referred to industry for self-regulation, or whether other regulatory responses (such as co-regulation) or non-regulatory responses could be considered. It will also look at any legislative or other impediments involved, and the need or opportunities for broader reforms to ensure existing policy objectives can continue to be met.

Issues for comment

The consultation paper provides information about the current regulatory responsibilities for the functions under consideration, identifies possible options for industry involvement and discusses the key issues relevant to the consideration of potential industry self-regulation for these functions.

The issues in the consultation paper provide possible points of consideration and are not intended to be restrictive. The paper also includes a broad range of questions to assist in the framing of submissions.