ACMA Licensing

Planning for radio frequency spectrum licensing in Adelaide

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is responsible for managing the radio frequency spectrum under the Radio Communications Act 1992. Two way radios are subject to the Act’s licensing regime which demands that the use of a radio communications transmitter must be accompanied by a radio communications licence for it to be operated lawfully. This licence may fall into one of the following categories:

  • Spectrum licence
  • Apparatus licence
  • Class licence

CSE Tetracom can take the hassle and confusion out of your licensing obligations. We can advise you of your statutory obligations, negotiate the relevant licences and ultimately program your radios to the allocated frequency.

Purchasing the wrong licence can result in strict penalties, so it’s sensible to manage this process correctly from the beginning.

To find out more about your licensing obligations or receive advice on dealing with ACMA, please contact us.

Apparatus licence periods

Under the Radio Communications Act 1992 (the Act), the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is responsible for issuing apparatus licences.

While most apparatus licences are issued for a renewable one year period, licences can be issued for up to five years or even longer for:

  • A datacasting transmitter licence – 10 years (Section 103(5) of the Act)
  • A digital radio multiplex transmitter licence – 15 years (Section 103(6) of the Act)

There are some circumstances in which the ACMA will issue or reissue licence periods as short as a few days or weeks, or as long as several years. To read more visit the ACMA’s website.