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Interception capability plans

Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979, carriers and carriage service providers must ensure they have the capability to enable a communication passing over their system to be intercepted in accordance with a warrant issued under the TIA Act.

Carriers and nominated carriage service providers are required under the TIA Act to lodge an annual interception capability plan with the Communications Access Co-ordinator every year by 1 July, or whenever their business plans change to a significant extent. Carriage service providers that have not been nominated under the TIA Act are not required to submit plans.

Plans must set out how carriers and nominated carriage service providers can help law enforcement agencies with lawful interception of telecommunications services they offer.

The Communications Access Co-ordinator liaises between security and law enforcement agencies and the telecommunications industry, and is committed to supporting industry in understanding its interception capability obligations.

Carriers and carriage service providers can seek an exemption from the requirement to maintain an interception capability for one or more services that they offer. Carriers and nominated carriage service providers must still lodge a plan, even if they have been granted an exemption or do not offer any services.

For more information on the interception capability obligations, including application templates and guidance material, contact the Office of Communications Access and Cybercrime on 02 6141 2884 or at cac@homeaffairs.gov.au.

For more information about carrier licences, visit the Australian Communications and Media Authority website.