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ACMA proposes reduction in telecoms carrier licence charges

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has proposed a reduction of just over $900,000 in the total telecommunications annual carrier licence charges to be levied on the industry for the 2017/18 financial year.

In a discussion paper issued on Monday, the ACMA — the regulator for broadcasting and telecommunications — proposes a total Annual Carrier Licence Charge (ACLC) for 2017-2018 of $31,677,703, down by $946,165 from $32,623,868.

The proposed change represents a drop of 2 .9% on charges in 2016-2017.

The ACLC is applied annually as a cost recovery levy to cover cost attributable to the ACMA’s telecommunications industry oversight functions. As well as costs incurred by the ACMA, the levy is also meant to recover certain telecommunications costs incurred by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the Department of Communications and the Arts (DoCA) from carriers.

The proposed charges for 2017-2018 are contained in a consultation paper issued on Monday.

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The ACMA has opened a six week consultation period — closing on 25 May — seeking industry and stakeholder submissions to the proposed changes.

Graphic: courtesy ACMA




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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).


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