Improving the telecommunications powers and immunities framework

The Government’s objective of “Australians having ready access to high-quality, reliable and affordable telecommunications services”, is shared enthusiastically by the property industry. Our members create spaces where people work, play and live and in today’s modern world, telecommunication plays a growing role in those activities.
The Property Council was pleased to participate in the Powers and Immunities Reference Group (PIRG) following a similar consultation in 2017 and, while we welcomed the constructive dialogue of that group and ideas carried forward into this consultation paper, little has changed for the better in our members’ day to day experience of dealing with telecommunications carriers.
Our members remain of the unanimous view that the imperious and sometimes aggressive behaviour of carriers in their dealings with building owners sees owners bearing unreasonable health and safety risks and costs on their premises and puts building users at greater risk.