Devices authorised by class licences | ACMA

Devices authorised by class licences

This page contains quick references and links to key class licences and the classes of equipment that they cover.

If you wish to operate a radio device in Australia, it must be authorised by a radiocommunications licence.

Your device may already be authorised to operate by one of the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s (the ACMA) class licences.

This table of commonly used class licences can assist you to determine if one of the class licences is suitable for your device. If you have a device of the type listed in the first column of the table, please read the second column and refer to the class licence in the third column to see if your device complies with the relevant requirements.

If you cannot make your device satisfy all of the criteria within any one of the class licences, you will need to apply to the ACMA for an individual apparatus licence or negotiate with a spectrum licensee to operate under a spectrum licence. A complete list of all class licences and relevant information papers is on the ACMA's website.

Device Examples

Information

Class Licence

Satellite communications equipment, for example:

  1. portable earth stations

  2. transportable earth stations

  3. Satellite News Gathering (SNG)

  4. satellite telephones

  5. satellite tracking, telemetry and monitoring equipment.

Some satellite operators have already paid for an apparatus licence that covers operation of all devices used within their system. For other satellite operators, uplinks and downlinks on their systems all require a licence. Your satellite operator will be able tell you whether your device requires a licence. Further information.

Radiocommunications (Communication with Space Object) Class Licence 2015

Wireless local area network (LAN) or private automatic branch exchanges (PABXs) for:

  1. short range office communications

  2. communications within premises.

The Low Interference Potential Devices information paper has details on relevant frequency ranges and power outputs.

Radiocommunications (Low Interference Potential Devices) Class Licence 2015

Wireless microphones

Depending on the frequency range and the power output of your device, it may already be authorised. The Low Interference Potential Devices information paper and class licence provides further information.

Radiocommunications (Low Interference Potential Devices) Class Licence 2015

Cellular mobile phones

The ACMA recommends that you make prior arrangements with your communications carrier or service provider to establish a mobile phone roaming agreement for Australia. Or you can contact a communications carrier or service provider on your arrival. If you comply with the roaming agreement, you will be automatically authorised by either the relevant class licence or spectrum licences that have been established for this purpose.

The Cellular mobile telcommunications devices information paper has further detail.

Radiocommunications (Cellular Mobile Telecommunications Devices) Class Licence 2014

Remote control of models

A class licence authorises the operation of models on land, water and in the air. Refer to the Radio-controlled Models page and the class licence for details.

Radiocommunications (Radio controlled Models) Class Licence 2015

Citizen band radio stations (CBRS)

Citizen Band Radio Stations provides details on arrangements for CBRS in Australia. Refer to the class licence to determine if your device is already authorised to operate.

Radiocommunications (Citizen Band Radio Stations) Class Licence 2015

Personal handphone, for short range person to person communications

27 MHz Handphone Stations provides details on relevant radio channels, etc that may be used. Refer to the class licence to determine if your device is already authorised to operate.

Radiocommunications (27 MHz Handphone Stations) Class Licence 2015

Cordless telephones

Cordless telecommunications devices provides details on permitted operating frequencies and other relevant information. Refer to the class licence to determine if your device is authorised to operate.

Radiocommunications (Cordless Communications Devices) Class Licence 2014

Emergency locating devices, such as satellite distress beacons, EPIRB-AIS, maritime survivor locating systems (MSLS), Radar-SART and AIS-SART.

The Emergency locating devices page provides information about the emergency locating devices authorised by this class licence.

Radiocommunications (Emergency Locating Devices) Class Licence 2016

Infrared frequency devices

The class licence authorises the operation of infrared spectrum for any purpose, up to a certain power level. Please refer to the Low Interference Potential Devices page and the class licence for further information.

Radiocommunications (Low Interference Potential Devices) Class Licence 2015

Miscellaneous low power devices

Many devices are authorised by this particular class licence, which was established for devices that operate within specific frequency bands over a short range, on very low power output. Some examples of types of device addressed by the class licence are wireless audio transmitters, telemetry transmitters, auditory assistance transmitters, and radio frequency identification transmitters. Refer to the class licence to determine if your device is already authorised to operate.

Radiocommunications (Low Interference Potential Devices) Class Licence 2015

You can also view a complete list of all class licences and relevant information papers.


Last updated: 12 December 2016