Issue for comment 25/2013
Transitional arrangements for the supply of wireless audio transmitters that operate in the 694 – 820 MHz frequencies
Thank you for your interest. This consultation has now ended.
A total of 3 submissions were received. The submissions are available below. The ACMA will consider the submissions received from stakeholders before making a decision on the proposals outlined in the consultation paper’.
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Background on the consultation
The ACMA was consulting on legislative amendments to support the transition of wireless audio transmitters from the 694–820 MHz frequency range by 31 December 2014. Applications of these transmitters include wireless microphones and in-ear monitoring systems used in public address systems and stage performance venues.
Recent changes to the Radiocommunications (Low Interference Potential Devices) Class Licence 2000 (the LIPD Class Licence) have excluded the 694–820 MHz frequency range from the range of frequencies authorised for the use of wireless audio transmitters, with effect from 1 January 2015. The ACMA has approached Standards Australia with a request that it amend the Technical Standard (AS/NZS 4268) so that the frequency bands for the operation of wireless audio transmitters specified under the Technical Standard are consistent with the LIPD Class Licence. The legislative amendments proposed by the ACMA will require manufacturers and importers of wireless audio transmitters that operate in the 694–820 MHz frequency range to:
- include information with the relevant wireless audio transmitters, to the effect that the transmitters cannot be operated in the 694–820 MHz frequency range after 31 December 2014
- cease supplying the relevant wireless audio transmitters within three months of publication of the revised Technical Standard, which will exclude the digital dividend frequencies from the range of permitted frequencies for wireless audio transmitter use.
The consultation paper was seeking comment on the proposed legislative amendments.
The paper is available in Word and PDF.