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The ACMA

Sunsetting determinations and variation to Parental Lock Standard

Consultation closes: 04 August 2017

IFC: 10/2017

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Proposal to allow the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 – Determination of Remote Licence Areas (22/12/2000) and the Radiocommunications (Domestic Digital Television Receiver – Characteristic) Determination 2007 to ‘sunset’, and to amend the Broadcasting and Datacasting Services (Parental Lock) Technical Standard 2010

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Broadcasting and Datacasting Services (Parental Lock) Technical Standard Amendment 2017 (No. 1)

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Background

The ACMA is seeking comment on three proposals. These proposals are to:

Under Part 4 of Chapter 3 of the Legislation Act 2003, most legislative instruments ‘sunset’ (that is, they are repealed automatically) on the 1 April or 1 October that first occurs 10 years after they were registered on the Federal Register of Legislation. This is an automatic process applying to most legislative instruments regardless of their particular content.

The ACMA has formed the preliminary view that the Remote Licence Areas Determination and Characteristic Determination, which are due to sunset on 1 October 2017, no longer form a necessary and useful part of the legislative framework. Accordingly, the ACMA considers it appropriate that both these legislative instruments are allowed to sunset.

The proposal to allow the Characteristic Determination to sunset means that a consequential amendment is needed to the Broadcasting and Datacasting Services (Parental Lock) Technical Standard 2010 (Parental Lock Standard). The changes proposed to the Parental Lock Standard are to include a definition and remove a classification code. The ACMA has formed the view that these amendments are of a minor or machinery nature.

The proposed amendment instrument—the draft Broadcasting and Datacasting Services (Parental Lock) Technical Standard Amendment 2017 (No. 1)—is available from the Downloads table above.

Issues for comment

Remote Licence Areas Determination

The ACMA considers that the Remote Licence Areas Determination no longer forms a necessary and useful part of the legislative framework. Accordingly, the ACMA proposes that it be allowed to sunset on 1 October 2017.

The ACMA welcomes comments on its proposal to allow the Remote Licence Areas Determination to sunset.

Characteristic Determination

The ACMA considers that the Characteristic Determination no longer forms a necessary and useful part of the legislative framework. Accordingly, the ACMA proposes that it be allowed to sunset on 1 October 2017.

The ACMA welcomes comments on its proposal to allow the Characteristic Determination to sunset.

Parental Lock Standard

The ACMA considers that the Parental Lock Standard should be varied to:

  • include a definition of ‘electricity supply body'
  • remove the reference to the ‘adult audience strong violence 15+ (AV)’ classification.

The ACMA welcomes comments on its proposal to amend the Parental Lock Standard.

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