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ACMA’s March quarter 2016 Snapshot

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has released its quarterly March 2016 Snapshot, which gives an overview of regulatory and compliance activities. The ACMA s Quarterly Snapshot infographic series helps the many and varied groups of Australians affected by our work to gain an appreciation of the range of our day-to-day regulatory activities, said ACMA acting Chairman, Richard Bean.

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New members for ACMA’s Consumer Consultative Forum

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has appointed five new representatives to its Consumer Consultative Forum (CCF). The CCF is a key element in the ACMA s consumer engagement strategy, said acting ACMA Chairman James Cameron. It has been structured to provide an opportunity for consumer representatives to raise issues and suggest solutions with senior representatives of industry, regulators and government policy makers.

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Mobile text safety videos sent to on-the-job tradies

Text video messages are being sent to 8000 construction workers in the ACT to provide tips for on-the-job safety. ACT Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Mick Gentleman, said the first of a series of safety videos that will be sent directly to the mobile phones of local construction workers. Communicating with construction workers about health and safety issues has its challenges given the nature of their work. These short videos, that use local tradies, provide safety tips and regulatory compliance information directly to those in the industry. They will be very useful in toolbox talks that are regularly held on site, Minister Gentleman said. This new and innovative way of reaching local tradies will help to improve their understanding of safe work practices and associated regulatory requirements, Minister Gentleman said. The first video to be issued provides advice on working safely with mobile plants, a common cause of injury and even death on work sites.

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New mobile network deployment rules needed to meet 5G challenge

The rules for network infrastructure deployment will have to be updated to meet the challenges of next generation mobile technology, says the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA). AMTA Chief Executive Officer, Chris Althaus, told the CommsDay Summit session on 5G and Wireless Futures that along with higher frequency spectrum, 5G would also be characterised by much denser networks, which would challenge current regulations for network deployment. AMTA is proposing reform to how mobile network deployment activity is regulated. These proposals have the potential to further promote investment in mobile networks by driving efficiencies in planning and deployment activity and also have the potential to deliver flow-on economic productivity benefits for Australia, he said. We will require significant adjustment of regulatory policy to allow the sort of density in deployment that 5G is going to require.

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Survey finds 58% of girls are sexually harassed online

Fifty eight per cent of girls and young women receive unwanted, indecent or sexually explicit material such as texts, videos and pornography from online, according to a new survey. The survey of 600 girls and young women reveals that harassing and bullying behaviour online is becoming commonplace and is affecting girls aged 15-19 across Australia. The Office of the Children s eSafety Commissioner has released advice on how to block, delete and report anyone harassing them online or on their phone. See article: https://www.esafety.gov.au/about-the-office/newsroom/blog/australian-girls-online-bullying-and-the-important-role-parents-play See more tips on cyberbullying: http://www.mobiletips.org.au/pages/Mobiles.and.Bullying.-.Tips.for.

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Mobile phone use policy for drivers

The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) has developed a mobile phone use policy which promotes compliance with Australia s driving laws and provides practical advice on how to minimise distraction risks. The mobile phone use policy was developed in conjunction with AMTA s members Telstra, Optus and Vodafone and in partnership with the National Road Safety Partnership (NRSPP), which is a network of road safety experts, authorities and businesses working to build road safety programs for workplaces.

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Spectrum changes designed to remove barriers to innovation

Changes to the spectrum framework are not intended to mandate particular approaches to the use of spectrum, says the Minister for Communications, Senator Mitch Fifield. He told the CommsDay Summit 2016 in Sydney that the Radiocommunications Bill was designed to remove barriers to innovation and encourage industry to manage spectrum in different ways. Submissions to the consultation paper on the Bill are open until April 29, to be followed by additional consultation on a legislation exposure draft. See Minister s speech: http://www.minister.communications.gov.

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Hand holding to stop drivers’ illegal mobile phone use

A New Zealand safe driving campaign to stop drivers illegally using mobiles uses surprising social awkwardness to make a powerful point. Hello is a road safety campaign by New Zealand s Transport Agency. The video shows passengers intercepting and holding drivers hands as they illegally attempt to pick-up their mobiles while driving. Drivers in Australia are not permitted to touch their mobile unless it is in approved cradle, allowing them to touch it only for the purposes of making or receiving a voice call while keeping their eyes on the forward roadway. http://mashable. AMTAs Safe Driving tips http://www.mobiletips.org.au/pages/Dont.drive.to.distraction.-.safety.tips.for.drivers