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Government set for significant public policy failure over wireless audio - petition tabled in Senate
The digital dividend process is at risk of a significant public policy failure because of the lack of a plan to transition around 150,000 wireless devices out of the spectrum that has been sold to Telstra and Optus. Currently there is no plan to do this - there isn't even a plan to let those users know that they have to quit the space and scrap their devices (even if they in are perfect working order). Those users will automatically and without their knowledge become criminals under the 1992 Radiocommunications Act. Yet the television companies have been given hundreds of millions of dollars to help them transition. Fair? Hardly.
A petition with 3,067 signatures was tabled in the Senate on 9 December 2013 by Senator Scott Ludlam, Greens spokesman for communications. AWAG issued a media release and called on everyone affected to phone their Federal MP to voice their concerns and ask their MP to talk with Malcolm Turnbull, Minister for Communications.
Wireless audio enables $34 billion in economic activity in fitness centres, performing arts centres, convention centres, broadcast and news gathering, marriage celebrants, community arts, schools, places of worship and more. (Untethering the microphone, Windsor Place Consulting, 2010.) It is estimated that it will cost around $250 million to replace the wireless audio devices which have to be scrapped. Currently that cost will have to be borne by the users.
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ACETA SkillZone launched
After some months of development the ACETA SkillZone launched at ENTECH 2013. The SkillZone is designed to help bridge the gap between students and the industry, and between theory and practice. A key element of the plan is this careers guide, outlining all the options in the industry, what skills are required for each and where they might lead you.
Check out the ACETA careers guide.