The exposure draft of the Radiocommunications Legislation Amendment (Reform and Modernisation) Bill is now open for public consultation.

How it works

Why we want your input
We want your input on the proposed amendments to the Bill to make sure the management of spectrum remains efficient and flexible.
How you can voice your opinion
You can submit your view by clicking the Have Your Say button below or via email.
What will be the outcome of this consultation?
Submissions received through the consultation process will be used to further refine the proposed amendments in the Bill.

Consultation Information

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The Issue
Consultation Period:  June 24, 2020 06:00 AEST to July 17, 2020 17:00 AEST

Spectrum is essential to today's digitally-networked economy and is a major contributor to Australia's economic and social wellbeing. Management of spectrum is legislated under the Radiocommunications Act 1992 (the Act).

The technological landscape has changed significantly since the Act was first introduced. An update to the legislation is designed to provide for spectrum management to remain fit-for-purpose and flexible enough to adapt to changing needs.

In October 2019, the Government committed to progressing a set of targeted amendments which will update and streamline the Act. These amendments will achieve this by removing existing unnecessary prescription and legislative barriers. This includes:

  • Clarifying the object of the Act, and the roles of the Minister and the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).
  • Streamlining the spectrum allocation and re-allocation processes
  • Improving flexibility and reducing regulatory barriers between licence types
  • Better reflecting modern spectrum needs and supply chains, and
  • Introducing a modernised compliance and enforcement regime.

An exposure draft of a Bill to implement these reforms is now ready for public consultation.

You can access the consultation paper below which provides an overview of the reforms and explains the policy rationale.

The exposure draft of the legislation is also below with explanatory notes to complement the Bill and assist stakeholders in understanding the proposed amendments.

Stakeholders are encouraged to provide written comment on the legislative reforms below.  

Relevant Documentation

2020 Radiocommunications Reform—consultation paper

Published 24th Jun 2020

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Spectrum is an essential resource in a digital society and it must be efficiently managed in order to support the social and economic benefits that come from our rapidly-changing technological landscape. All industries rely on spectrum, either directly or indirectly. In 2015, the economic value to Australia of spectrum was estimated at $177 billion over 15 years. However, this economic value is changing and will continue to change as a result of new technologies, new demands and emerging uses of spectrum. This document may not meet WCAG 2.0 requirements. For an accessible version, please email spectrumreform@communications.gov.au.

Explanatory notes to the Radiocommunications Legislation Amendment (Reform and Modernisation) Bill

Published 24th Jun 2020

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These explanatory notes have been developed to accompany the exposure draft of the Radiocommunications Legislation Amendment (Reform and Modernisation) Bill. The purpose of these notes is to assist readers to understand the provisions of the Bill and how the legislative framework is designed to operate. This document reflects the provisions of the exposure draft of the Bill. Please note that this version of the Bill has been prepared for the purposes of consultation and is subject to change. It is expected that comments received on the exposure draft may lead to further review before the package is finalised. This document may not meet WCAG 2.0 requirements. For an accessible version, please email spectrumreform@communications.gov.au.

Radiocommunications Legislation Amendment (Reform and Modernisation) Bill 2020

Published 24th Jun 2020

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This document may not meet WCAG 2.0 requirements. For an accessible version, please email spectrumreform@communications.gov.au.

Participate

Started June 24, 2020 06:00 AEST
Ends July 17, 2020 17:00 AEST
Days Remaining 7 of 23
Open

Formal Submission

We invite you to comment on the reforms by making a formal written submission below. Further details on providing a submission or seeking clarification on the exposure draft is provided in the consultation paper.

Start date/time: 24 June 2020 00:01am
End date/time: 17 July 2020 23:59pm

What should be identified in submission

  • the name of the party making the submission (please note, this can be stated as anonymous if preferred).
  • the organisation represented (if applicable)
  • Clearly state the issue and the relevant section(s) in the Bill that you are referring to when making your submission

If your submission is to be made public, please ensure you do not include any personal information that you don't want to be published. Please do not provide any personal identifying information (e.g. contact details, including telephone number, postal and email address).

If your submission is confidential, please ensure each page of the submission is marked as confidential

Submissions will not be responded to.

Please click on the 'Have your say now' button below to upload your submission.

Email: Submissions can also be emailed to spectrumreform@communications.gov.au in written text form.

Post:Postal submissions are not being received at this time due to health and safety concerns around COVID-19.