Proposed exemption for mobile phone jammer at Lithgow Correctional Centre
Consultation closes: 06 July 2018
Outcome of this consultation
The ACMA is consulting on a proposal to authorise Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) to operate a mobile phone jammer at Lithgow Correctional Centre (Lithgow) on an ongoing basis. CSNSW has been operating a mobile phone jammer at Lithgow since September 2013. The current exemption determination will cease on 1 November 2018.
The Lithgow trial has successfully prevented inmate access to mobile phone services without causing interference to public communications outside the facility. Ongoing collaboration between CSNSW and the mobile phone carriers participating in the trial assisted in achieving this. The facility’s location also made it relatively easy to isolate the jamming signal from the surrounding telecommunications environment.
The draft instrument, the Radiocommunications (Use by Corrective Services NSW of PMTS Jamming Devices at Lithgow Correctional Centre) Exemption Determination 2018, will allow CSNSW to continue operating a mobile phone jammer at Lithgow under the same conditions of the current instrument.
The ACMA proposes to manage the risks of an ongoing exemption by establishing a process to monitor and review the jammer’s performance on a regular basis. CSNSW will provide the ACMA with information and data on the jammer’s performance that will enable the ACMA to consider whether the instrument should continue to operate.
Issue for comment
Opportunity to provide feedback
The ACMA welcomes comment from interested stakeholders on the issues raised in this paper or any other issues relevant to the regulation of mobile phone jammers in correctional facilities.