Booklet for licensees | ACMA

Booklet for licensees

As a condition of licence to operate radiocommunications transmitters, licensees are obligated to ensure that electromagnetic energy (EME) levels comply with the ARPANSA standard. [1]

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (the ACMA) has produced a booklet entitled Human Exposure to Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Radiation – Information for licensees of radiocommunications transmitters. The booklet explains the EME health exposure regulatory arrangements and how they apply to licensees of radiocommunications transmitters.

Further information

For more information on the EME regulatory arrangements please contact your nearest ACMA office.

Licence conditions

Under Part 3 of the Radiocommunications Act 1992, the ACMA has made two determinations that impose EME health exposure requirements on licensees of radiocommunications transmitters:

  1. Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Apparatus Licence) Determination 2003 applies to all apparatus licences other than temporary community and commercial licences, community broadcasting licences and datacasting licences.
  2. Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Temporary Community Broadcasting Licence) Determination 2015 applies to apparatus licences authorising temporary community broadcasting services.

Under various sections of Part 3.3 of the Radiocommunications Act 1992 (depending on the type of broadcasting service)  a special condition is applied to apparatus licences requiring commercial and community broadcasting services to comply with the Radiocommunications Licence Conditions.


[1] ARPANSA standard means the Radiation Protection Standard for Maximum Exposure Levels to Radiofrequency Fields – 3 kHz to 300 GHz published by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency and assigned the number ISBN 0-0642-79400-6.

Last updated: 15 August 2017