University of Technology Sydney

78178 Telecommunications Law and Regulations

Requisite(s): ( 78101 Postgraduate Legal Research OR 70616 Australian Constitutional Law OR ((94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04236 Juris Doctor OR 142 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04250 Juris Doctor Master of Business Administration OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04363 Juris Doctor Master of Intellectual Property OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04365 Master of Palliative Care) AND 70106c Principles of Public International Law AND 70107c Principles of Company Law) OR (94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04320 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Professional Legal Practice AND 70106 Principles of Public International Law))
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Anti-requisite(s): 76019 Broadcasting and Telecommunications Regulation AND 78179 Telecommunications Law and Regulations


As the National Broadband Network rolls out around Australia and television services make way for mobile broadband in high value spectrum bands, this subject offers students the opportunity to consider the crucial role of law and regulation in transforming Australia's communications environment.

A little over 20 years ago Australia was a country with one government-owned domestic telephone provider. To facilitate change, the legal framework had to accommodate a licensing system, a regime promoting access to infrastructure and services, and a suite of consumer protection measures, among other matters.

More recent challenges such as the implementation of a data retention scheme continue to involve government, industry and consumer groups in a complex, and at time fraught, regulatory partnership. While the sector is heavily regulated, much of the law is found in co-regulatory arrangements in which industry plays a major role in shaping the business environment.

This subject uses mostly industry specialists – those working for telecommunications providers, regulators, law firms or consumer groups – to guide students through the history and contemporary challenges of telecommunications law and regulation.

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