Issue for comment 19/2015—3 August 2015
The consultation is now complete.
The ACMA received four submissions to the consultation. These are available below:
The ACMA has prepared a response paper to address the comments received as part of this consultation. It provides an analysis of the submissions to both IFC 13/2015 and IFC 19/2015 that were used in finalizing the work to make the Radiocommunications (Communication with Space Object) Class Licence 2015.
The ACMA is consulting on a proposal to vary the Radiocommunications (Foreign Space Objects) Determination 2014 (the foreign space objects determination) and the Radiocommunications (Prohibited Device) (RNSS Jamming Devices) Declaration 2014 (the RNSS jamming prohibition).
The Radiocommunications (Communication with Space Object) Class Licence 1998 (the space object class licence) will sunset on 1 October 2015 unless it is revoked and remade before this date. The ACMA has already consulted on remaking this instrument. A critical interconnection between the space object class licence, foreign space object determination and RNSS jamming prohibition exists.
In order to ensure that the ongoing effect of the foreign space object determination and RNSS jamming prohibition is preserved, the ACMA is proposing to vary those instruments.
A consultation paper provides further detail on the proposals.
A copy of the draft Radiocommunications (Communication with Space Object) Class Licence Consequential Amendments Instrument 2015 is also available.
Making a submission
The ACMA invites comments on the draft Radiocommunications (Communication with Space Object) Class Licence Consequential Amendments Instrument 2015. Submissions should be made:
Space and National Interest Planning Section
Spectrum Infrastructure Branch
Australian Communications and Media Authority
PO Box 78
Belconnen ACT 2616
The closing date for submissions is COB, Thursday 3 September 2015.
The ACMA is committed to ensuring 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 the following guide: 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.
Publication of submissions
In general, the ACMA publishes all submissions it receives, including any personal information in the submissions (such as names and contact details of submitters). The ACMA prefers to receive submissions which 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 (including any personal information) 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 Australian Government agencies and certain other parties 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 Privacy Act 1988 imposes obligations on the ACMA in relation to the collection, security, quality, access, use and disclosure of personal information. These obligations are detailed in the Australian Privacy Principles that apply to organisations and Australian Government agencies.
The ACMA may only collect personal information if it is reasonably necessary for, or directly related to, one or more of its functions or activities.
The purposes for which personal information is being collected (such as the names and contact details of submitters) are to:
- contribute to the transparency of the consultation process by clarifying, where appropriate, whose views are represented by a submission
- enable the ACMA to contact submitters where follow-up is required or to notify them of related matters (except where submitters indicate they do not wish to be notified of such matters).
The ACMA will not use the personal information collected for any other purpose, unless the submitter has provided their consent or the ACMA is otherwise permitted to do so under the Privacy Act.
Submissions in response to this paper are voluntary. As mentioned above, the ACMA generally publishes all submissions it receives, including any personal information in the submissions. If a submitter has made a confidentiality claim over personal information which the ACMA has accepted, the submission will be published without that information. The ACMA will not release the personal information unless authorised or required by law to do so.
If a submitter wishes to make a submission anonymously or through use of a pseudonym, they are asked to contact the ACMA to see whether it is practicable to do so in light of the subject matter of the consultation. If it is practicable, the ACMA will notify the submitter of any procedures that need to be followed and whether there are any other consequences of making a submission in that way.