Universal Service Subsidies (2011-12 Contestable Areas) Determination (No. 1) 2012

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Commonwealth of Australia
 
Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999
 
Universal Service Subsidies (2011-12 Contestable Areas) Determination (No. 1) 2012
 
I, STEPHEN MICHAEL CONROY, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, make the following Determination under subsection 16(1) of the Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999.
Dated 12 June 2012
 
STEPHEN MICHAEL CONROY
Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
_________________________________________________________________
1          Name of Determination
This Determination is the Universal Service Subsidies (2011-12 Contestable Areas) Determination (No. 1) 2012.
2          Commencement
This Determination commences on the day after it is registered on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments.
3      Interpretation
In this Determination:
ACMA means the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
Act means the Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999.
claim period means the 2011-12 financial year.
contestable area means an area determined under the Universal Service Areas Determination (No. 1) 2001 for which the obligation referred to in paragraph 9(1)(a) of the Act (dealing with standard telephone services) has been made contestable under the Contestable Service Obligation Determination (No. 1) 2001.
Minister means the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.
relevant service obligation means the obligation referred to in paragraph 9(1)(a) of the Act (dealing with standard telephone services).
standard telephone service includes an alternative telecommunications service (ATS) which is supplied in accordance with an approved ATS marketing plan in fulfilment of the obligation under paragraph 9(1)(a) of the Act.
universal service area means an area determined under the Universal Service Areas Determination (No. 1) 2001.
4      Universal service subsidies
Subject to clause 5, for the purposes of section 16 of the Act a universal service provider’s universal service subsidy for the contestable area in respect of the relevant service obligation for the claim period is the lump sum subsidy specified in the Schedule for the relevant universal service area for the claim period.  
5      Circumstances in which subsidies are payable
General conditions for payment of subsidies
(a)     A universal service provider for the claim period is eligible to be paid the subsidies specified in the Schedule if:
(i)     the universal service provider was the end-user’s prime service deliverer (as defined in paragraph (b)) for the claim period; and
(ii)    the provider complies with the provider’s obligations under section 12C or 13D of the Act, whichever is applicable; and
(iii)   the universal service provider has supplied a standard telephone service continuously to the end-user for a period of not less than 90 calendar days, unless there are no competing universal service providers in the relevant universal service area in respect of the relevant service obligation for the claim period, in which case this subparagraph does not apply.
 
(b)    For the purposes of paragraph (a), prime service deliverer means the universal service provider that supplies the retail standard telephone service to the end-user.
Number of services per place for which subsidy is payable
(c)     Subject to           paragraph (d), within each of the contestable areas a universal service provider for the claim period is eligible to be paid the subsidies specified in the Schedule only in relation to:
(i)     one standard telephone service that the provider supplies to a place of residence of an end-user as the end-user’s universal service provider; or
(ii)    one standard telephone service that the provider supplies to a place of business of an end-user as the end-user’s universal service provider;
          except where a place of residence and a place of business are co‑located, in which case the provider is eligible to be paid subsidy for one standard telephone service supplied to the place as a place of residence and for one such service supplied to the place as a place of business.
(d)    A subsidy is only payable in relation to a standard telephone service supplied to a place of business that is co-located with a place of residence if the universal service provider can, upon request of the ACMA and to the satisfaction of the ACMA, verify that the provider had reasonable grounds for believing the business to which it supplied the service was a bona fide business.
(e)         For the purpose of paragraph (c), the end-user’s universal service provider means:
(i)          if the provider is the only person providing a standard telephone service to the end-user—that provider; or
(ii)        if the provider is one of two or more persons that are universal service providers and that are supplying a standard telephone service to the end-user—the provider that the end-user nominates, in a manner acceptable to the ACMA.
 
 
 
Other circumstances in which subsidy may be payable
(f)          Subject to paragraph (g), the ACMA may determine in writing other circumstances in which a subsidy specified in the Schedule is payable to a universal service provider for a contestable area in respect of the relevant service obligation for the claim period.
Note: An example of the circumstances in which the ACMA may exercise this discretion includes, but is not limited to, where the second or subsequent service is supplied to the end-user solely or principally for use by the end-user for the purpose of connecting to a recognised distance education service for primary or secondary education.
(g)     Before making a determination under paragraph (f) the ACMA must consult with the Minister. 
Universal service provider to satisfy the ACMA on the provider’s entitlement to subsidy
(h)    A universal service provider claiming a subsidy in relation to a circumstance described in clause 5 must, upon request by the ACMA, establish to the satisfaction of the ACMA that the service has been supplied in the circumstances described in clause 5.
 
 
Schedule – Universal service subsidies (contestable areas)
 
(a)                                Universal service areas in north-east New South Wales
                     and inland south-east Queensland
 
 
Universal Service Area
 
2011-12 lump sum subsidy ($)

1
Ballina
185,606

2
Bellingen
18,720

3
Boonah
106,403

4
Byron
503,687

5
Cambooya (S)
246,136

6
Clifton (S)
159,235

7
Coffs Harbour
365

8
Copmanhurst (A)
264,509

9
Crows Nest (S)
367,813

10
Esk
64,386

11
Gatton
241,892

12
Grafton (C)
48,437

13
Ipswich
4,835

14
Kempsey (A)
468,281

15
Kyogle (A)
42,112

16
Laidley
7,996

17
Lismore
610,764

18
Maclean (A)
369,211

19
Nambucca
27,115

20
Pristine Waters (DC)
528,567

21
Richmond Valley
323,279

22
Severn (A)
196,928

23
Tenterfield (A)
316,106

24
Toowoomba
40,419

25
Tweed
479,923

26
Warwick
208,201

 
 
(b)              Universal service areas in central-west and south-west Victoria
 
 
 
Universal Service Area
 
2011-12 lump sum subsidy ($)

1
Ararat (RC)
229,489

2
Ballarat (C)
61,690

3
Central Goldfields (S)
9,397

4
Colac-Otway (S)
12,173

5
Corangamite (S)
328,292

6
Golden Plains (S)
323,570

7
Greater Bendigo (C)
426,456

8
Hepburn (S)
142,389

9
Moorabool (S)
18,336

10
Mount Alexander (S)
357,981

11
Moyne (S)
39,120

12
Pyrenees (S)
303,175

13
Surf Coast (S)
246,493

 
(c)              Universal service areas in central-west Victoria and
                   south-east South Australia
The following census collection districts have the same meaning as in the Universal Service Areas Determination (No. 1) 2001.
 
1     S_1
 
No.
CD Code
S/T Code
2011-12 lump sum subsidy ($)

1
2011701
2
22,605

2
2011710
2
18,194

3
2090202
2
34,183

4
2090208
2
42,454

5
2090701
2
19,848

6
4050203
4
44,659

7
4050401
4
52,378

8
2011305
2
15,989

9
2090101
2
21,502

10
2070813
2
3,859

 
2          S_3
 
No.
CD Code
2011-12 lump sum subsidy ($)

1
4050201
29,259

2
4050304
43,888

3
4050402
31,697

4
4050503
19,201

5
4050601
26,821

6
4050604
33,221

7
2011303
17,982

8
2011307
22,554

9
2011903
18,287

10
2090110
25,906

11
2090210
21,335

12
2090211
37,183

13
2090302
20,725

14
2091109
24,687

15
2091201
26,516

16
4050204
37,488

17
4050207
37,488

18
2011304
15,849

19
2011712
10,667

20
2012001
16,458

21
2012006
19,201

22
2012004
11,886

23
2012012
13,106

24
2011904
15,544

25
2011905
12,801

26
2011901
8,534

27
2011705
14,325

28
2090206
13,715

29
2011704
14,934

30
2090203
17,373

31
2090102
17,982

32
2090306
9,753

33
2090303
16,763

34
2090111
15,239

35
2091110
15,239

36
2090703
17,068

37
2071903
15,849

38
2070805
11,582

39
2070804
16,458

40
2091002
10,667

 
3          Other non-urban
 
No.
CD Code
2011-12 lump sum subsidy ($)

1
2011301
7,695

2
2011308
3,164

3
2011310
6,976

4
2011702
5,466

5
2011703
6,041

6
2011902
3,164

7
2011907
3,452

8
2011909
3,452

9
2011910
4,603

10
2012002
5,394

11
2012007
2,733

12
2012008
3,236

13
2012101
4,603

14
2012102
4,962

15
2012106
4,027

16
2012107
3,668

17
2070801
5,537

18
2070802
7,120

19
2070803
2,661

20
2070806
6,904

21
2070807
10,356

22
2070808
5,106

23
2070809
11,147

24
2070811
7,551

25
2070812
6,041

26
2071901
5,394

27
2071902
8,702

28
2071904
7,767

29
2071905
5,753

30
2090103
5,394

31
2090104
3,668

32
2090105
6,328

33
2090106
7,191

34
2090108
4,171

35
2090205
5,969

36
2090207
3,883

37
2090301
5,825

38
2090304
13,951

39
2090305
5,322

40
2090307
4,171

41
2090401
5,897

42
2090402
5,537

43
2090403
6,616

No.
CD Code
2011-12 lump sum subsidy ($)

44
2090404
3,668

45
2090405
11,794

46
2090406
12,154

47
2090407
4,531

48
2090408
21,574

49
2090702
8,846

50
2090704
4,315

51
2090706
7,048

52
2090707
11,147

53
2090708
3,380

54
2090709
3,883

55
2090710
9,133

56
2091001
4,818

57
2091003
5,753

58
2091004
7,263

59
2091005
7,191

60
2091006
5,034

61
2091009
6,976

62
2091101
5,825

63
2091102
8,917

64
2091103
9,996

65
2091107
5,681

66
2091202
7,479

67
2091204
5,537

68
2091205
6,185

69
2091303
10,356

70
2091304
7,839

71
2091305
15,965

72
2091306
13,232

73
2091307
13,160

74
2091308
10,787

75
2091309
9,708

76
2091310
15,534

77
2091311
8,774

78
2091312
7,551

79
2092503
7,120

80
2092504
8,486

81
2092505
4,315

82
2092506
5,466

83
2092507
6,185

84
2092508
3,668

85
2092509
19,201

86
4050205
5,250

87
4050206
6,904

88
4050305
9,493

89
4050306
4,890

No.
CD Code
2011-12 lump sum subsidy ($)

90
4050307
11,219

91
4050308
5,537

92
4050405
6,544

93
4050502
7,839

94
4050603
11,363

95
4050701
11,363

96
4050702
10,068

97
4050703
8,486

98
4050704
6,688

99
4050705
7,839

100
4050706
6,688

101
4050901
8,989

102
4050902
8,270

103
4050905
7,048

104
4050908
7,048

105
4051002
10,284

106
4051003
9,061

107
4051101
15,965

108
4051102
11,722

109
4051103
9,205

110
4051104
4,818

111
4051105
18,410

112
4051301
8,054

113
4051303
8,917

114
4051304
16,540

115
4051305
11,506

116
4051306
16,900

117
4051307
12,801

118
4051308
11,003

119
4051309
17,044

120
4051310
13,448

121
4051701
9,565

122
4051702
14,743

123
4051703
18,338

124
4051706
9,852