The $50 million TDL is paid by larger telecommunications firms and is used by the government to pay for telecommunications infrastructure, including the relay service for the deaf and hearing-impaired, broadband for rural areas and improvements to 111 emergency calling services.
And under the Telecommunications Act, liable companies must provide the Commission with audited financial information that the Commission can use to apportion the levy.
Telecommunications Commissioner Dr Stephen Gale said MyRepublic failed to provide accurate financial information, and an auditor’s report, within the statutory timeframe – and the information it eventually provided did not meet the specified requirements.
As outlined in the warning letter, the Commission decided to issue a warning as MyRepublic has previously been compliant.
MyRepublic it was liable for the TDL for the first time in 2017/18 and the Commission said its conduct was otherwise not serious – and the auditor assurance it provided in December 2018 was sufficient for the Commission to make the liability allocation determination in a way that did not affect other liable companies.
The Commission said it would take this warning into account if MyRepublic engaged in the same or similar conduct in the future.