Alert: Changes to ACMA labelling arrangements from 1 March 2013.
New single compliance mark – RCM. Further information is available.
You can use your own communications equipment in Australia, provided you operate that equipment in accordance with the applicable Australian rules and regulations.
Further details are available on:
Device labellingSo that the public may identify if a device complies with Australian requirements, manufacturers and importers of communications equipment are required to comply with the ACMA's requirement to label certain devices.
Communications cablingYou may connect your equipment together (eg connect a printer to a computer), but you must not cable your equipment to the telecommunications network (eg make your own sockets, make your own network connection) unless that cabling work is performed or supervised by an ACMA licensed cabler.
Licensing of radio devicesIf you wish to operate a radio device in Australia, the device must be authorised to operate by a radiocommunications licence.
Your radio device may suffer or cause interference if it is unlicensed, and operating an unlicensed device is an offence - a device may be confiscated under some circumstances.
Local equipment and service providersIf you are unable to bring or operate your radio equipment in Australia you may wish to contact a local communications device and service provider.
Safe operation of a communications device
It is common for the important technical characteristics of communication devices to differ between countries. Many countries have different standards for important characteristics such as the voltage of the public mains power supply or the radio frequencies suitable for operation of communication devices. Therefore, even if your device operated safely in another country, it is not necessarily safe to use that device in Australia.
If you are thinking about bringing communications equipment to Australia, you may only operate that equipment in accordance with applicable Australian rules and regulations. The improper operation of communications equipment such as fax machines, wireless microphones and computers may cause radiocommunications interference, or even endanger your health or the safety of others.
The ACMA is responsible for the regulation of customer equipment and cabling that is connected to a telecommunications network. This equipment and cabling is subject to compliance with applicable telecommunications standards.
Operation of any radiocommunications equipment in Australia is subject to compliance with applicable radiocommunications standards.