Class licensing is used by the ACMA to manage spectrum used by services which employ a limited set of common frequencies using equipment under a common set of conditions. This type of licensing involves minimum licence administration by the ACMA. A class licence sets out the conditions under which any person is permitted to operate. It is not issued to an individual user, and does not involve licence fees.
Class licences authorise users of designated segments of spectrum to operate on a shared basis. Unless otherwise specified in the class licence, the licences are effective from the day after that on which they are registered under the Legislative Instruments Act 2003.
The ACMA has made the following class licences:
- Radiocommunications (27 MHz Handphone Stations) Class Licence 2002
- Radiocommunications (Aircraft and Aeronautical Mobile Stations) Class Licence 2006
- Radiocommunications (Cellular Mobile Telecommunications Devices) Class Licence 2002
- Radiocommunications (Citizen Band Radio Stations) Class Licence 2002
- Radiocommunications (Communication with AUSSAT C 156E GOV Satellite Network) Class Licence 2005
- Radiocommunications (Communication with Space Object) Class Licence 1998
- Radiocommunications (Cordless Communications Devices) Class Licence 2001
- Radiocommunications (Emergency Locating Devices) Class Licence 2006
- Radiocommunications (Low Interference Potential Devices) Class Licence 2000
- Radiocommunications (Maritime Ship Station - 27 MHz and VHF) Class Licence 2001
- Radiocommunications (Overseas Amateurs Visiting Australia) Class Licence 2008
- Radiocommunications (Radio-controlled Models) Class Licence 2002
A list of information papers by related class licence is also available.