We have received and are currently reviewing stakeholder feedback on the development of new legislation to help modernise Australia's spectrum management framework.

How it works

Why we want your input
This is your opportunity to provide feedback on modernising Australia’s spectrum management framework.
How you can voice your opinion
We welcome written submissions from stakeholders by 28 July 2017, 5:00pm AEST.
What will be the outcome of this consultation?
Your submission will be used to finalise the draft Bill.

Consultation Information

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The Issue
Consultation Period: 
May 18, 2017 09:30 AEST to July 28, 2017 17:00 AEST

The Australian Government has released a consultation package on proposed reforms to modernise and simplify Australia's spectrum management framework. We have extended the timeframe for submissions to the first stage of consultation until Friday 28 July 2017, 5:00pm.

We are undertaking the first of a two-stage consultation process on draft new legislative arrangements required to implement the reforms. This first stage of consultation seeks stakeholder views on the exposure draft of the new legislation and the approaches to broadcasting and transitional arrangements. Submissions from stakeholders will be used to inform the drafting of the Bill, including provisions on broadcasting, and will be instrumental in developing the Transitional and Consequential Amendments Bill (T&C Bill).

The first consultation package includes:

  • an exposure draft of the new legislation
  • an information paper describing the major changes from the 1992 Act in the new legislation
  • consultation papers on the policy approach to broadcasting provisions and transitional arrangements
  • supporting papers produced by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

It is anticipated that the second consultation stage on the legislation will include the revised Radiocommunications Bill, the T&C Bill and the Radiocommunications Licence Tax Bill.

The consultation package also includes proposals for spectrum pricing and the management of Commonwealth held spectrum. You can also have your say on these proposals. No further consultation on spectrum pricing or Commonwealth held spectrum is expected.

ACMA supporting papers

The ACMA has developed supporting materials for the consultation. These papers are intended to provide stakeholders with a greater understanding of how the ACMA envisages key aspects of the Bill may operate, should the Bill be enacted, in order to facilitate consideration of the exposure draft of the Bill.

The ACMA's supporting material cannot and does not fetter the Authority's discretion in the making of future decisions about the matters discussed in this material or any other matter. The ACMA has a particular interest in the views of stakeholders that could inform its approach to transitioning to and implementing the reformed legislation. You can submit your feedback through this consultation page.

More information on these papers is available on the ACMA website.

Submissions for the Spectrum consultation package including Spectrum pricing and Commonwealth holdings and new Spectrum legislation have been received and are available below.

These submissions have been created by third parties and may not be accessible. For an accessible copy, please email spectrumreform [at] communications.gov.au.

Relevant Documentation

Radiocommunications Bill 2017

Published 18th May 2017

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An exposure draft of the new legislation. These documents may not meet WCAG 2.0 Level AA requirements. Please contact us at spectrumreform@communications.gov.au to obtain alternative copies if required.

Information paper: Radiocommunications Bill 2017: a platform for the future

Published 18th May 2017

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A high-level discussion of the policy intent of the Bill. It identifies those areas where there is a significant change to the current arrangements.

A proposed approach to transition from the 1992 Act to the Radiocommunications Bill

Published 18th May 2017

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This paper sets out a potential approach to moving from the existing spectrum management arrangements to those to be designed by the ACMA under the Bill.

Broadcasting spectrum consultation paper

Published 18th May 2017

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This paper sets out the proposed approach to reform of the allocation and management of spectrum used for broadcasting.

Fact sheet - Enhancing Ministerial guidance to the regulator

Published 18th May 2017

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This fact sheet provides a high-level introduction to the annual work program and Ministerial policy statements. These documents may not meet WCAG 2.0 Level AA requirements. Please contact us at spectrumreform@communications.gov.au to obtain alternative copies if required.

Fact sheet - Introducing the Single Licensing System

Published 18th May 2017

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This fact sheet provides a high-level introduction to the single licensing system, spectrum authorisations and disqualified persons.

Fact sheet - Simplifying the licence issue process

Published 18th May 2017

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This fact sheet provides a high-level introduction to the licence issue process, including licence issue schemes and the pathway to a licence. These documents may not meet WCAG 2.0 Level AA requirements. Please contact us at spectrumreform@communications.gov.au to obtain alternative copies if required.

Fact sheet - Interference Management

Published 18th May 2017

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This fact sheet provides a high-level introduction to interference management and the alternative dispute resolution processes.These documents may not meet WCAG 2.0 Level AA requirements. Please contact us at spectrumreform@communications.gov.au to obtain alternative copies if required.

Fact sheet - Introducing graduated enforcement mechanisms

Published 18th May 2017

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This fact sheet provides a high-level introduction to the increased civil penalty provisions in the Bill and graduated enforcement mechanisms. These documents may not meet WCAG 2.0 Level AA requirements. Please contact us at spectrumreform@communications.gov.au to obtain alternative copies if required.

Fact sheet - Introducing equipment rules to streamline device supply

Published 18th May 2017

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This fact sheet provides a high-level introduction to equipment rules and regulation which better reflect the complexity of modern supply chains.These documents may not meet WCAG 2.0 Level AA requirements. Please contact us at spectrumreform@communications.gov.au to obtain alternative copies if required.

Fact sheet - Delegation and management rights

Published 18th May 2017

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This fact sheet provides a high-level introduction to the increased power for the ACMA to delegate general licensing functions.

Licensing system—produced by ACMA

Published 18th May 2017

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This paper outlines the ACMA’s proposed approach to the single licensing system under the Bill, and includes discussion of licence design, licence issue schemes and licence tenure, as well as implementation and transition. This paper is provided for discussion purposes only

Annual work program—produced by ACMA

Published 18th May 2017

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This paper outlines the ACMA’s proposed approach to developing an annual work program under the Bill for the anticipated activities of the ACMA over each coming financial year. This paper is provided for discussion purposes only.

Interference Management—produced by ACMA

Published 18th May 2017

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This paper outlines the ACMA’s proposed approach to interference management under the Bill, and includes discussion of interference disputes, inspector powers, changes to criminal offences and civil penalties for interference. This paper is provided for discussion purposes only.

Equipment Rules—produced by ACMA

Published 18th May 2017

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This paper outlines the ACMA’s proposed approach to making equipment rules under the Bill, taking into account and includes discussion of modern supply chains and international technical standards. This paper is provided for discussion purposes only.

Accreditation—produced by ACMA

Published 18th May 2017

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This paper outlines the ACMA’s proposed approach to implementing its expanded accreditation powers under the Bill. This paper is provided for discussion purposes only.

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