The Government has agreed to implement the recommendations of the Spectrum Review, undertaken by the Department of Communications, with the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
In 2015 the Government agreed to implement the recommendations of the Spectrum Review, undertaken by the Department.
Spectrum is a critical enabler of Australia’s current and future communications infrastructure. As demand for spectrum grows, Australia’s regulatory framework must be responsive to emerging technologies and services and ensuring that competing spectrum priorities are effectively managed.
The proposed reforms will reduce the regulatory burden on spectrum users by making the framework simpler, more efficient and flexible to use. The reforms will also ensure Australia is able to meet the future demands of spectrum users.
The Government will continue to work closely with stakeholders and expects the new framework to commence approximately one year from passage of the legislation.
We have released a consultation paper seeking views on new spectrum legislative proposals. You can have your say either by making a submission or through direct discussions. The closing date for feedback is Friday, 29 April 2016. Feedback on this paper will inform the development of an exposure draft of a new Radiocommunications Bill.
Find out more:
- The Minister’s keynote speech to RadComms 2016
- The Minister and Parliamentary Secretary's media release: Next stage of spectrum reform to commence
- The Minister’s media release: Spectrum reform to drive future innovation and productivity
- The Minister and Parliamentary Secretary’s media release: Future directions for spectrum released
Legislative proposals consultation paper:
- Spectrum Review Report
- The terms of reference for the review: PDF, 55.3 KB DOC, 71.5 KB
- the potential reform directions paper (November 2014)
- the issues paper (May 2014)
- the 2012–13 Spectrum Square website (now archived on Pandora)
- Email spectrumreform [at] communications.gov.au (subject: SUBSCRIBE) with the subject 'SUBSCRIBE' for notifications about input opportunities and to keep up with the progress of the reform.
Follow the Department on Twitter for reform-related notifications.