We lead Australia's engagement on international radiocommunications issues.

We work with the Australian, regional and international community on the management of radiofrequency spectrum to enhance policy and regulatory certainty and to develop technology standards that underpin affordable communications technologies. This cooperation ensures we use our radio spectrum efficiently, promotes our national interests in satellite orbital positions and contributes to innovation in communications technologies such as Wi-Fi and 5G.

Multi-stakeholder participation is central to effective international engagement on radiocommunications. An extensive group of Australian radiocommunication experts is actively involved in all Australia's international radiocommunications engagement including representatives of:

  • major telecommunications providers
  • equipment manufacturers
  • satellite providers and technology companies
  • land transport companies
  • defense, aviation and maritime sectors
  • radio-astronomers
  • spectrum engineers and regulators.

This expert group meets regularly and works on domestic, regional and international technical studies that investigate spectrum and satellite orbit needs for a range of technologies. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) contributes expert technical and regulatory advice and leads Australia's engagement in technical discussions and forums.

Radiocommunications forums

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the United Nations agency for telecommunications. The ITU's World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) meets every four years to agree changes to the treaty level Radio Regulations which govern the use of radiofrequency spectrum and satellite orbits. Regional telecommunication organisations such as the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) share interests on radiocommunications issues and meet regularly to prepare for this conference.

We lead Australia's participation in key radiocommunications policy forums held through these organisations including the Radiocommunication Assembly, the WRC, and the APT Conference Preparatory Group for the WRC.
The next World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19) will take place in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt from 28 October to 22 November 2019. Decisions taken at WRC-19 may change the Radio Regulations, and impact global use of radiocommunications. These changes are expected to support the development and roll out of communication services such as 5G, intelligent transport systems, and Wi-Fi on planes.

Australia's positions on the agenda items under consideration for WRC-19 are developed through the Australian Preparatory Group for WRC-19.

Find out more:

  • Learn more about WRC-19
  • Read about international radiocommunication activities on the ACMA website