The spectrum review looked at the changes needed to cope with the increase in demand for spectrum and changes in technology, markets and consumer preferences.

The way Australia manages spectrum was reviewed.

The review reported to the Minister in March 2015. The Spectrum Review Report outlines recommended changes to improve Australia’s spectrum policy and management framework.

The review looked at the policy and regulatory changes that are needed to cope with the increase in demand for spectrum and changes in technology, markets and consumer preferences.

In line with the Australian Government's deregulation agenda, the review sought to simplify the spectrum management framework. This will make it easier to administer, make it more accessible, and reduce compliance costs for users. The review suggested ways of reducing regulation and making non-legislative reforms where possible.

The Department of Communications ran the review with the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

The government is currently considering the Spectrum Review Report and will prepare a response.

Please send any comments on the report to spectrumreview [at] communications.gov.au

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Consultations

Spectrum review issues paper

Australia’s spectrum has been managed using a framework that was developed in 1992, with a review of Radiocommunications Acts in 2002. The framework needs to be modernised to reflect changes in technology.

Spectrum review potential reform directions paper

The Minister has invited comments on reform principles and 11 potential reform proposals in the Spectrum Review – Potential Reform Directions paper. The aim is to encourage industry engagement and feedback.