The Government Telecommunications Bill 2018 (NSW) (‘the Bill’), which is currently being considered by the NSW Legislative Assembly, aims to reform and update the governmental telecommunications network in NSW. The Bill proposes to do this by establishing a streamlined communications authority for government agencies in NSW.
The Bill was initially released for public consultation as an exposure draft in relation to the proposed establishment of the New South Wales Government Telecommunications Authority and associated advisory board, access to and acquisition of infrastructure. The Government accepted submissions until 27 August 2018. Analysis and research was conducted on the current legislation, the Government Telecommunications Act 1991 (NSW) as part of the consultation process.
The objectives of the proposed Bill were to ensure that the modern and updated role of the NSW Telco Authority was appropriately reflected in statute. The NSW Telco Authority manages the Government Radio Network (GRN). As noted in the:
The Bill aims to:
In his second reading speech, the Minister for Finances, Services and Property, Victor Dominello stated that there would be certain benefits in establishing a single shared network:
He also commented on the importance of updating the previous legislation, the Government Telecommunications Act 1991 (NSW):
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Government Telecommunications Bill 2018 (NSW), and associated second reading speech and explanatory memorandum, as published on TimeBase LawOne.
[Draft], July 2018.
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