The ACMA released the Five-year spectrum outlook 2014–2018 in September 2014 and received 9 submissions.
The ACMA is reviewing these submissions in its preparation of the next edition of the spectrum outlook.
Note: In addition to reviewing submissions for the next edition of the spectrum outlook, the submissions have been forwarded to the relevant project area within the ACMA for information/action.
Australian Radio Communications Industry Association
Australian Subscription Television Association
Communications Alliance Ltd
Northwest rapid transit
Transport for NSW
Written comments or queries regarding the preparation of the next edition of the spectrum outlook may be forwarded to:
Spectrum Licensing Policy Section
Radiocommunications Policy Branch
Australian Communications and Media Authority
PO Box 78
Belconnen ACT 2615
The purpose of the ACMA’s Five-year Spectrum Outlook is to provide greater insight and transparency for spectrum users about the environmental factors influencing spectrum demand.
The Outlook is a tangible part of the ACMA's commitment to consultation, cooperation and collaboration with industry, Australian citizens, government and international colleagues on all spectrum matters. It will evolve and continue to be shaped by stakeholders ongoing experiences, observations and evaluation of spectrum use in Australia. It is not intended to be a substitute for separate and targeted industry consultation on specific spectrum management issues.
The 2014-2018 edition sets out the ACMA’s strategic direction and priorities for the short-to-medium-term in response to this demand and explains how the ACMA determines its priorities, and decides which work programs are to be delivered across the 2014-18 period.
Stakeholders can use the Outlook to identify when the ACMA expects a particular work program to commence, and to understand the priority applied to particular activities by the ACMA. The Outlook is also intended to assist stakeholders in engaging with the ACMA by providing guidance on the kinds of matters the ACMA considers when deciding whether to undertake particular spectrum activities.
The current Outlook is the 2014-2018 edition and is available in the following formats:
Publication of submissions
In general, the ACMA publishes all submissions it receives. However, the ACMA will not publish submissions that it considers contain defamatory or irrelevant material. The ACMA prefers to receive submissions that are not claimed to be confidential. However, the ACMA accepts that a submitter may sometimes wish to provide information in confidence. In these circumstances, submitters are asked to identify the material over which confidentiality is claimed and provide a written explanation for confidentiality claims. The ACMA will not automatically accept all claims of confidentiality. The ACMA will consider each claim for confidentiality on a case-by-case basis. If the ACMA accepts a confidentiality claim, it will not publish the confidential information unless required to do so by law.
The ACMA is working to enhance the effectiveness of its stakeholder consultation processes, which are an important source of evidence for its regulatory development activities. To assist stakeholders in formulating submissions to its formal, written consultation processes, it has developed Effective consultation—a guide to making a submission. This guide provides information about the ACMA’s formal written public consultation processes and practical guidance on how to make a submission.
Publication of submissions
In general, the ACMA publishes all submissions it receives. The ACMA prefers to receive submissions that are not claimed to be confidential. However, the ACMA accepts that a submitter may sometimes wish to provide information in confidence. In these circumstances, submitters are asked to identify the material over which confidentiality is claimed and provide a written explanation for the claim.
The ACMA will consider each confidentiality claim on a case-by-case basis. If the ACMA accepts a claim, it will not publish the confidential information unless authorised or required by law to do so.
Release of submissions where authorised or required by law
Any submissions provided to the ACMA may be released under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (unless an exemption applies) or shared with other Commonwealth Government agencies under Part 7A of the Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005. The ACMA may also be required to release submissions for other reasons including for the purpose of parliamentary processes or where otherwise required by law (for example, under a court subpoena). While the ACMA seeks to consult submitters of confidential information before that information is provided to another party, the ACMA cannot guarantee that confidential information will not be released through these or other legal means.
The Privacy Act 1988 imposes obligations on the ACMA in relation to the collection, security, quality, access, use and disclosure of personal information. These obligations are detailed in the Australian Privacy Principles that apply to organisations and Australian Government agencies from 12 March 2014.
The ACMA may only collect personal information if it is reasonably necessary for, or directly related to, one or more of its functions or activities.
The purposes for which personal information is being collected (such as the names and contact details of submitters) are to:
- contribute to the transparency of the consultation process by clarifying, where appropriate, whose views are represented by a submission
- enable the ACMA to contact submitters where follow-up is required or to notify them of related matters (except where submitters indicate they do not wish to be notified of such matters).
The ACMA will not use the personal information collected for any other purpose, unless the submitter has provided their consent or the ACMA is otherwise permitted to do so under the Privacy Act.
Submissions in response to this paper are voluntary. As mentioned above, the ACMA generally publishes all submissions it receives, including any personal information in the submissions. If a submitter has made a confidentiality claim over personal information which the ACMA has accepted, the submission will be published without that information. The ACMA will not release the personal information unless authorised or required by law to do so.
If a submitter wishes to make a submission anonymously or use a pseudonym, they are asked to contact the ACMA to see whether it is practicable to do so in light of the subject matter of the consultation. If it is practicable, the ACMA will notify the submitter of any procedures that need to be followed and whether there are any other consequences of making a submission in that way.