Internet Australia are concerned with the limited time allowed for consultation on this Bill. The Bill was referred to this Committee on February 10, allowing less than three weeks for submissions. The Bill impacts on a potentially broad range of industries, allowing them only a limited period in which to understand the implications of the Bill and develop fulsome responses to this Inquiry.
Almost every aspect of telecommunications infrastructure and services will be impacted by this Bill. Under the proposed definitions, a ‘critical telecommunications asset’ - networks and facilities owned and/or operated by a carrier or CSP and used to supply a carriage service - would cover all public telecommunications. A data or processing service is defined as enabling end-users to ‘store or back up data and supplied on a commercial bases or processing service involving the use of one or more computers
and supplied on a commercial basis’. Under the Bill, there would be few telecommunications industry providers not subject to requirements under the proposed legislation.