The ACMA has granted a non-protection zone permit to lay submarine cable off the coast of Perth. The permit is for a nationally significant fibre-optic submarine cable that will link Perth and Singapore. The permit issued by the ACMA authorises construction of a submarine cable from City Beach in metropolitan Perth through the Perth Submarine Cable Protection Zone and Australia’s Exclusive Economic Zone.
Australia’s submarine cables carry the bulk of our voice and data traffic, and are a vital component of our national infrastructure linking Australia with other countries. Installing submarine cables within protection zones helps mitigate the chance of cable damage. Certain activities are prohibited or restricted within these zones and significant penalties apply if damage occurs. There is no variation to the Perth Protection Zone as a result of the permit being issued.
Further information is available on the ACMA website