We’re undertaking the most significant change to Australian spectrum management in the last 25 years.

In 2015 the Government announced it would implement the recommendations of the Spectrum Review, including agreement to:

  1. Replace the current legislative arrangements with new legislation that removes prescriptive processes and streamlines licensing for a simpler and more flexible framework.
  2. Better integrate the management of public sector and broadcasting spectrum to improve the consistency and integrity of the framework.
  3. Review spectrum pricing to ensure consistent and transparent arrangements to support the efficient use of spectrum and secondary markets.

The Government has released a consultation package on these recommendations consisting of two components:

  1. an Exposure Draft of the new Radiocommunications Bill and consultation papers on the proposed approach to broadcasting and transitional arrangements
  2. consultation papers on spectrum pricing and Commonwealth held spectrum.

The package outlines how the new legislative arrangements and proposals for spectrum pricing and the management of Commonwealth spectrum might operate together.

Stakeholder feedback on the spectrum pricing and Commonwealth held spectrum consultation papers will assist the Government in its consideration of an appropriate spectrum pricing framework under the new legislative framework. It will also support the efficient management of Commonwealth held spectrum. This will be the only round of consultation on these reviews before government consideration. You can have your say on the spectrum pricing and Commonwealth government use of spectrum consultation papers.

Feedback on the Exposure Draft of the new Radiocommunications Bill and consultation papers on the proposed approach to broadcasting and transitional arrangements will be used to finalise a draft of the Bill package required for introduction. There will be a second round of consultation before the Bill is finalised. You can have your say on the Exposure Draft and proposed broadcasting provisions and transitional arrangements.

The reforms will put in place a framework that is simpler, more efficient, flexible and sustainable to support new and innovative technologies and services while providing certainty of spectrum access rights for users. In addition, regulatory burden on spectrum users will be reduced with simplified licence issue processes. We will also be hosting a series of presentations to stakeholders on the reform package over the coming weeks. Register your interest to attend a presentation.

Find out more:


Legislative proposals consultation paper:

Legislative Proposals Consultation Paper – Radiocommunications Bill 2016

Spectrum Review:  


Stay informed:

  • 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.
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