On 10 March 2015, the ACMA made the Telecommunications Numbering Plan 2015 (the Numbering Plan). A new Numbering Plan was needed because:
- the existing Numbering Plan was due to sunset in 2015
- new arrangements for the allocation and administration of numbers are to commence in August 2015.
The Numbering Plan sets out the framework for the numbering of carriage services in Australia and the use of numbers in connection with the supply of these services. It specifies the rules for the allocation, transfer, surrender, portability and use of different types of numbers in connection with the supply of carriage services.
The rights and responsibilities pertaining to numbers are spread across a wide range of legislation and regulatory instruments. Industry codes and guidelines and the contractual arrangements between parties also affect how numbers are managed.