- Amendments to the regulatory arrangements for the auctioning of Smartnumbers®
- Draft guidelines relating to its use of enforcement powers
- Radiocommunications (Electromagnetic Radiation - Human Exposure) Standard 2003
- SpectrumWise Radiocommunications Consulting
- High Powered Open Narrowcasting Services
- Tender RFT 06/ACMA035
- Protection Zones for submarine telecommunications cables
- Draft RALI - Mileura Radio Quiet Zone
- Trial community television services in Adelaide
- Expression of Interest 06/ACMA007 for Media and Society: Review of Research Literature
- Draft Telecommunications (Customer Service Guarantee) Amendment Standard 2006
- RFT 06/ACMA008 - Media and Society: National Community Research into the impact of media on children, families and society (14 September)
- ACMA invites tender applications by 29 September for Provision of Investigator Training and related services to ACMA (05/ACMA007)
- Spectrum licences in 2010-2025 MHz Band
- ACMA invites tender applications for Provision of Internal Audit Services (06/ACMA016)
- ACMA invites tender applications for Provision of cleaning services for ACMA tenanted buildings (05/ACMA016).
- Do Not Call exposure draft request
- Proposed variation of the Radiocommunications Miscellaneous Devices Class Licence
- Proposed revision of class licensing arrangements for Aeronautical Radiofrequency Bands
- Responses to ACMA's March 2006 discussion paper - future use of unassigned television channels
- Public submissions - Strategies for Wireless Access Services
- ACMA seeks comments on a Radio Quiet Zone for Western Australia
- ACMA seeks comments on the future use of unassigned television channels (March 2006)
- ACMA seeks comment on an application from Hutchison Telecommunications (Australia) Ltd for an exemption from providing local number portability
- ACMA seeks comments on demand and future spectrum requirements for wireless access services
- Proposal to amend the Radiocommunications Act 1992
ACMA is proposing to amend the regulatory arrangements for auctioning smartnumbers® which are contained in:
These amendments are intended to improve the efficiency of the auction system and clarify the current regulatory arrangements.
The following discussion paper outlines the current administrative issues and proposed regulatory amendments. It also assesses several approaches to addressing these deficiencies and details the recommended options.
Download the discussion paper:
ACMA welcomes comments on the issues outlined in the discussion paper. Written comments should be received by Monday 5 February 2007 and submissions should be addressed to:
Mr Robert Johnston
Questions on the draft instruments should be addressed to Harin Perera on (03) 9963 6985 or by email to Harin.Perera@acma.gov.au
ACMA invites comments on draft guidelines relating to its use of enforcement powers under the Broadcasting Services Act 1992.
The draft guidelines set out the matters that ACMA will take into account in making enforcement decisions, and the principles ACMA proposes to apply in using some of its broadcasting enforcement powers.
More information about the guidelines can be found in ACMA Media Release MR159/2006 of 12 December 2006.
Download the guidelines and explanatory statements:
The draft guidelines and explanatory statement are available in PDF format.
Written comments on the draft guidelines are invited by Wednesday 17 January 2007 and should be sent to:
Fax: (03) 9963 6899
ACMA invites comments by 15 December 2006 on the proposed amendments to the Radiocommunications (Electromagnetic Radiation – Human Exposure) Standard 2003 (EME Standard) (23 Nov)
SpectrumWise Radiocommunications Consulting has released a discussion paper seeking input to the independent review of government spectrum holdings. Comments by 31 December 2006. (14 Nov)
ACMA invites tenders by 27 November for Provision of a human resource management information system (HRMIS) and associated services - RFT 06/ACMA035 (2 Nov)
Media Release: Protection zones proposed for submarine telecommunications cables in New South Wales (9 August)
Announcement: ACMA seeks comments by 10 November on proposed protection zones for submarine cables off Narrabeen and Tamarama/Clovelly Beaches, Sydney NSW.
ACMA seeks comments by 3 November on a Draft RALI - regarding the Mileura Radio Quiet Zone (13 October)
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) invites expressions of interest for the conduct of a review of the research literature on the long-term influence of media on children, families and society.
Responses must conform to the specifications in the Request for Expressions of Interest, available on this website.
For further information about this EOI please contact:
Closed: 5.00 pm Wednesday 18 October 2006
ACMA is inviting comments by 6 October on the draft Telecommunications (Customer Service Guarantee) Amendment Standard 2006 (13 September)
Closed: Friday 6 October 2006
Media and Society: National Community Research into the impact of media on children, families and society
Closed: 2.00pm Tuesday 3 October 2006
Provision of Investigator Training and related services to ACMA
Request for Tender: Word (622 kb) or PDF (125 kb)
Phone: (02) 6219 5365
Closed: 2.00pm Friday 29 September 2006
Provision of Internal Audit Services
Request for Tender: Word (626 kb) PDF (135 kb)
Questions & Answers: Word (45.5 kb) PDF (28 kb)
Telephone: (02) 6219 5176
Closed: 2.00pm Friday 22 September 2006
Provision of cleaning services for ACMA tenanted buildings
Request for Tender: Word (724 kb) or PDF (154 kb)
Amendment to scope
Please note that the cleaning task in the Melbourne office also includes part of Level 42. The additional area on Level 42 is 776 m2 and the resultant total area for Melbourne is 3888 m2.
ACMA is releasing this exposure draft of the Request for Tender for the provision of services for the Do Not Call Register to give potential register operators and other interested parties the opportunity to comment on the document before finalisation. ACMA is seeking feedback that will contribute to the clarity and practicability of the Request for Tender.
Potential tenderers should not rely on the Draft Request for Tender when later preparing their final tenders. ACMA and the Commonwealth reserve the right to vary the Draft Request for Tender, and will not be liable for any reliance by potential tenderers on, or any expectations based on, the Draft Request for Tender. The final Request for Tender may differ from the Draft Request for Tender.
Interested persons and potential tenderers should note that variations between the Draft Request for Tender and the final Request for Tender may be made on the basis of comments and submissions received by ACMA on the Draft Request for Tender (but no variation will be attributed to a particular tenderer). Disclosure of submissions and comments may also be required or authorised by law.
Comments on the draft must be made in writing to the contact officer below.
Phone: 03 9963 6866
ACMA is seeking comments for the proposed variation of the Radiocommunications Miscellaneous Devices Class Licence in regard to emergency locating beacons. Comments closing date - 3 July. (31 May)
ACMA is seeking comments for the proposed revision of class licensing arrangements applicable to the aeronautical radiofrequency bands. Comments closing date - 3 July. (31 May)
The public consultation period is now closed. ACMA is pleased to have received over 30 submissions from a wide range of interested parties including service providers, broadcasters, community groups, content providers, equipment manufacturers, industry associations, research organizations and telecommunications companies. Submissions provided on a confidential basis are not listed.
Public submissions to the discussion paper Strategies for Wireless Access Services are available here (12 May)
ACMA has released a spectrum planning discussion paper seeking stakeholder views on a proposed Radio Quiet Zone (RQZ) for Western Australia. The responses to the paper will be used by ACMA to finalise the scope of the RQZ, and to refine regulatory measures to enforce it.
The paper provides background information on the drivers for the proposed RQZ, and describes its scope and expected implementation scheme. A summary of the technical rationale behind the dimensioning of the RQZ is also included in the paper.
The RQZ is intended to be an area where existing and future levels of man-made radio-frequency signals are low enough to be compatible with the successful operation of radio astronomy facilities. The zone would be an area where consultation and collaboration is practised to achieve this compatibility before radio-frequency generating activities are carried out, rather than an area where such activities are necessarily excluded.
The paper, A Radio Quiet Zone in Western Australia, is available in PDF format (208 kb).
ACMA invites comments on the issues raised in the discussion paper. Written comments should be received by Friday 21 April 2006 and should be sent to:
Public consultation on the paper is now closed. Public submissions are available above.
ACMA has released a discussion paper on potential uses for two 7 MHz unassigned television channels. The paper examines issues surrounding the allocation of these television channels which were originally planned for datacasting services during planning for digital television. The government is considering whether to allow an expanded range of services to operate on these channels.
ACMA is seeking comments on issues including:
The paper can be downloaded below. The first part is the main body of the paper and the second part contains the attachments.
Download the complete paper
Download the paper in two parts
The paper is published in parallel to a discussion paper on the broader issue of media reform by the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (DCITA) as part of the government’s public consultation on media policy. This paper can be obtained at DCITA's media reforms options web page.
ACMA welcomes comments on the issues discussed in the discussion paper. Written comments should be sent, by Wednesday 26th April 2006, to:
For any queries concerning this paper, please contact Brendan Vernon, preferably by email, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone (02) 6219 5262.
The application relates to HTAL's LocalZone product which is offered on the Orange (2G CDMA) network. HTAL is seeking an exemption from the requirement to provide local number portability.
The purpose of the consultation is to ensure that ACMA is aware of, and considers, all relevant issues prior to forming a view and subsequently, making a decision on the application.
Comments must be in writing and should be emailed to Helen Papazoglou no later than Wednesday 12th April 2006.
Please contact Helen Papazoglou on (03) 9963 6849 if you wish to discuss this matter further.
ACMA has released a spectrum planning discussion paper to stimulate discussion and solicit information and stakeholder views to gauge the spectrum demands of evolving and future wireless access services (WAS). The responses to the paper will be used by ACMA to guide the development of short, medium and long-term spectrum strategies to support the development and deployment of WAS across Australia.
The paper provides information about wireless access demand drivers, international trends and current WAS bands and initiatives. The existing licensing frameworks and their relative merits are discussed. A number of frequency bands with the potential to support future wireless access are identified. A candidate ‘private park’ regulatory framework is outlined, providing a potentially feasible alternative for managing spectrum access of future WAS applications. The paper also provides information on relevant spectrum sharing and incumbent issues.
As part of the consultation process ACMA is hosting the Wireless Spectrum Strategies 2006 seminar to be held in Sydney on 6 and 7 March 2006. Details of the seminar can be found here.
This consultation process represents only the initial step in the wireless access spectrum planning process. Any subsequent spectrum re-farming or other action arising from ACMA consideration of responses to this paper will be subject to further detailed consultation with stakeholders and potentially affected incumbent licensees.
The paper, Strategies for Wireless Access Services, is available in PDF format (740 kb).
ACMA invites comments on the issues raised in the discussion paper. Written comments should be received by Wednesday 19th April 2006 and should be sent to:
ACMA has prepared a discussion paper on a proposal to amend the Radiocommunications Act 1992 (the Act) to allow class licences to be issued in spectrum designated to be spectrum licensed under section 36 of the Act. Under the proposal, spectrum licensees will be separately consulted if spectrum being considered for class licensing is included in spectrum covered by their spectrum licence.
Under the Act parts of the spectrum may be "set aside" for spectrum licensing in two ways. Under section 36 of the Act specified parts of the spectrum may be designated to be allocated by issuing spectrum licences. Under section 153B of the Act spectrum may be declared as subject to re-allocation by issuing either apparatus or spectrum licences.
A class licence may be issued in spectrum re-allocated under the section 153B arrangements. However, the operation of section 138 of the Act prevents ACMA from issuing class licences in spectrum designated, under section 36 of the Act, to be allocated by issuing spectrum licences.
The paper is available in Word format (169 kb).
ACMA welcomes written comments on the proposal and the issues raised in the discussion paper. Comments should be sent, by Friday 17th February 2006, to: