The ACMA

Spectrum embargoes

Spectrum embargoes are an administrative tool used to facilitate orderly spectrum planning. Embargoes are a notice of intention by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (the ACMA) to restrict the allocation of new licences in a band, pending its replanning. They also alert industry to the start of a planning process.

An embargo includes details of the frequency band, date of effect, coverage area, time frame, instructions, reasons and supplementary comments.

Embargoes are used in conjunction with other administrative and planning tools.

When does the ACMA apply embargoes?

The ACMA applies embargoes at the start of a planning or replanning process to ensure that the status of a band remains stable for the duration of the planning process.

Replanning usually results in a change in use or a change in the mix of uses of a band. Embargoes are also necessary to minimise the dislocation of affected services that would otherwise occur and to allow for future developments in a band.

How does the ACMA advise of new embargoes?

The ACMA places a notice about the creation of a new embargo and a link to its contents on its website.

Why doesn't the ACMA consult before applying an embargo?

The ACMA does not consult or provide notice before applying an embargo. This is to prevent any major changes to the number of frequency assignments that may result from advance notice of the ACMA's intention to place an embargo on a band.

Embargoes signal the start of a planning process. As outlined above, it is preferable for the status of a band to remain stable during the planning process.

The ACMA consults with incumbent band users and other stakeholders at a number of stages during a planning process. The ACMA considers the views of all stakeholders before making decisions about future arrangements for a band.

More information about the ACMA's approach to radiofrequency planning.

Exceptions to embargoes

Exceptions may be made to an embargo where there is sufficient justification. All applications for frequency assignments in embargoed bands should be forwarded to the Manager, Spectrum Engineering Section for consideration on a case-by-case basis.

RALI MS03

The ACMA's Radiocommunications Assignment and Licensing Instruction (RALI) MS03: Spectrum Embargoes provides the administrative policy basis for spectrum embargoes.

RALI MS03 contains a list of all current and withdrawn embargoes. A summary of this information is also provided below.

Download: a complete copy of RALI MS03: Spectrum Embargoes (PDF)

Download: boundary data for all embargo areas: Google Earth Placemark or Shapefile (.zip).

Note: refer to About embargo areas before using the embargo boundary data.

Current Embargoes (extracts from RALI MS03): [Please note the following documents are available in Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word]

Frequency Band

Embargo Number

Comment

5900-5950 kHz

46 - PDF (29 KB), Placemark

Revised Sept 2007

5950-6200 kHz

44 - PDF (24 KB), Placemark

Revised Sept 2007

7100-7300 kHz

44 - PDF (24 KB), Placemark

Revised Sept 2007

7300-7350 kHz

46 - PDF (29 KB),  Placemark

Revised Sept 2007

9400-9500 kHz

46 - PDF (29 KB), Placemark

Revised Sept 2007

9500-9900 kHz

44 - PDF (24 KB), Placemark

Revised Sept 2007

11600-11650 kHz

46 - PDF (29 KB),  Placemark

Revised Sept 2007

11650-12050 kHz

44 - PDF (24 KB), Placemark

Revised Sept 2007

12050-12100 kHz

46 - PDF (29 KB), Placemark

Revised Sept 2007

13570-13600 kHz

46 - PDF (29 KB), Placemark

Revised Sept 2007

13600-13800 kHz

44 - PDF (24 KB), Placemark

Revised Sept 2007

13800-13870 kHz

46 - PDF (29 KB), Placemark

Revised Sept 2007

15100-15600 kHz

44 - PDF (24 KB), Placemark

Revised Sept 2007

15600-15800 kHz

46 - PDF (29 KB), Placemark

Revised Sept 2007

17480-17550 kHz

46 - PDF (29 KB), Placemark

Revised Sept 2007

17550-17900 kHz

44 - PDF (24 KB), Placemark

Revised Sept 2007

18900-19020 kHz

46 - PDF (29 KB), Placemark

Revised Sept 2007

21450-21850 kHz

44 - PDF (24 KB), Placemark

Revised Sept 2007

25670-26100 kHz

44 - PDF (24 KB), Placemark

Revised Sept 2007

45-52 MHz

67 - PDF (24 KB), Placemark

Revised Mar 2017

56-70 MHz

67 - PDF (24 KB), Placemark

Revised Mar 2017

85-87.5 MHz

67 - PDF (24 KB), Placemark

Revised Mar 2017

70 MHz-25.25 GHz

41 - PDF (27 KB), Placemark

Revised Dec 2014

137-144 MHz

67 - PDF (24 KB), Placemark

Revised Mar 2017

168-174 MHz

32 - PDF (39 KB), Placemark

Revised Sept 2007

403-403.9875 MHz

50 - Word (43 KB), Placemark

Revised Apr 2010

403-520 MHz

51 - PDF (58 KB), Placemark

Revised Sept 2012

403-520 MHz

71 - PDF (51 KB), Placemark

Created May 2017

405.0125-406 MHz

50 - Word (43 KB), Placemark

Revised Apr 2010

406.1-408.6375 MHz

53 - PDF (14 KB), Placemark

Revised Sept 2012

406.11875-406.61875 MHz

19 - PDF (26 KB), Placemark

Revised Sept 2007

408.11875-408.61875 MHz

19 - PDF (26 KB), Placemark

Revised Sept 2007

408.6375-409.0375 MHz

60 - Word (37 KB), Placemark

Revised Sept 2012

409.0375-410.5375 MHz

50 - Word (43 KB), Placemark

Revised Apr 2010

410.5375-412.4625 MHz

53 - PDF (14 KB), Placemark

Revised Sept 2012

412.4625-413.4375 MHz

50 - Word (43 KB), Placemark

Revised Apr 2010

414.4625-415.5625 MHz

50 - Word (43 KB), Placemark

Revised Apr 2010

415.5625-418.0875 MHz

53 - PDF (14 KB), Placemark

Revised Sept 2012

415.56875-416.06875 MHz

19 - PDF (26 KB), Placemark

Revised Sept 2007

417.56875-418.06875 MHz

19 - PDF (26 KB), Placemark

Revised Sept 2007

418.0875-418.4875 MHz

60 - Word (41 KB), Placemark

Revised Sept 2012

418.4875-420 MHz

50 - Word (43 KB), Placemark

Revised Apr 2010

420-420.75 MHz

50 - Word (43 KB), Placemark

Revised Apr 2010

421.25-424.75 MHz

50 - Word (43 KB), Placemark

Revised Apr 2010

425.25-427.75 MHz

50 - Word (43 KB), Placemark

Revised Apr 2010

428.25-430 MHz

50 - Word (43 KB), Placemark

Revised Apr 2010

450-450.4875 MHz

53 - PDF (265 KB), Placemark

Revised Sept 2012

452.5-457.50625 MHz

53 - PDF (14 KB), Placemark

Revised Sept 2012

457.5-459.9875 MHz

50 - Word (43 KB), Placemark

Revised Apr 2010

462-467.50625 MHz

53 - PDF (14 KB), Placemark

Revised Sept 2012

467.5-469.9875 MHz

50 - Word (43 KB), Placemark

Revised Apr 2010

469.99375-518 MHz

53 - PDF (14 KB), Placemark

Revised Sept 2012

518-520 MHz

45 - PDF (23 KB), Placemark

Revised Sept 2007

520-694 MHz

71 - PDF (51 KB), Placemark

Created May 2017

694-703 MHz

71 - PDF (51 KB), Placemark

Created May 2017

703-748 MHz

26 - PDF (94 KB), Placemark

Revised Feb 2016

748-758 MHz

71 - PDF (51 KB), Placemark

Created May 2017

758-803 MHz

26 - PDF (94 KB), Placemark

Revised Feb 2016

803-820 MHz

71 - PDF (51 KB), Placemark

Created May 2017

803-825 MHz

64 - PDF (90 KB), Placemark

Created Dec 2011

825-845 MHz

26 - PDF (94 KB), Placemark

Revised Feb 2016

845-870 MHz

64 - PDF (90 KB), Placemark

Revised July 2016

870-890 MHz

26 - PDF (94 KB), Placemark

Revised Feb 2016

890-960 MHz

64 - PDF (90 KB), Placemark

Created Dec 2011

1427-1518 MHz

70 - Word (17 KB), Placemark 

Created Apr 2016  

1710-1785 MHz

26 - PDF (94 KB), Placemark

Revised Feb 2016

1710-1785 MHz

62 - Word (61 KB), Placemark

Revised Jan 2016

1805-1880 MHz

26 - PDF (94 KB), Placemark

Revised Feb 2016

1805-1880 MHz

62 - Word (61 KB), Placemark

Revised Jan 2016

1900-1980 MHz

26 - PDF (94 KB), Placemark

Revised Feb 2016

1980-2010 MHz

23 - PDF (61 KB), Placemark

Revised Sept 2013

1980-2110 MHz

71 - PDF (51 KB), Placemark

Created May 2017

2010-2110 MHz

23 - PDF (61 KB), Placemark

Revised Sept 2013

2015-2100 MHz

49 - PDF (240 KB), Placemark

Revised Jul 2015

2100-2130 MHz

49 - PDF (240 KB), Placemark

Revised Jul 2015

2110-2170 MHz

26 - PDF (34 KB), Placemark

Revised Feb 2016

2170-2200 MHz

23 - PDF (61 KB), Placemark

Revised Sept 2013

2170-2300 MHz

71 - PDF (51 KB), Placemark

Created May 2017

2190-2280 MHz

49 - PDF (240 KB), Placemark

Revised Jul 2015

2200-2300 MHz

23 - PDF (61 KB), Placemark

Revised Sept 2013

2280-2310 MHz

49 - PDF (240 KB), Placemark

Revised Jul 2015

2300-2302 MHz

65 - PDF (133 KB), Placemark

Created Sept 2012

2302-2400 MHz

26 - PDF (94 KB), Placemark

Revised Feb 2016

2500-2570 MHz

26 - PDF (94 KB), Placemark

Revised Feb 2016

2570-2620 MHz

26 - PDF (94 KB), Placemark

Revised Feb 2016

2620-2690 MHz

26 - PDF (94 KB), Placemark

Revised Feb 2016

3400-3425 MHz

68 - PDF (98 KB), Placemark

Created May 2014

3400-3575 MHz

52 - PDF (67 KB), Placemark

Revised Nov 2009

3400-4200 MHz

49 - PDF (240 KB), Placemark

Revised Jul 2015

3425-3492.5 MHz

26 - PDF (94 KB), Placemark

Revised Feb 2016

3492.5-3542.5 MHz

61 - Word (58 KB), Placemark

Created Jan 2011

3542.5-3575 MHz

26 - PDF (94 KB), Placemark

Revised Feb 2016

3575-3710 MHz

42 - PDF (24 KB), Placemark

Revised Nov 2016 

3600-3700 MHz

52 - PDF (67 KB), Placemark

Revised Nov 2009

5725-5850 MHz

39 - PDF (149 KB), Placemark

Revised Sept 2007

5850-5925 MHz

48 - PDF (21 KB), Placemark

Created Apr 2008

5850-7075 MHz

49 - PDF (240 KB), Placemark

Revised Jul 2015

7100-7425 MHz

71 - PDF (51 KB), Placemark

Created May 2017

7135-7245 MHz

49 - PDF (240 KB), Placemark

Revised Jul 2015

7250-7750 MHz

47 - PDF (23 KB), Placemark

Created Sept 2007

7250-7750 MHz

49 - PDF (240 KB), Placemark

Revised Jul 2015

7250-7750 MHz

59 - PDF (36 KB), Placemark

Created Jun 2010

7900-8390 MHz

49 - PDF (240 KB), Placemark

Revised Jul 2015

7900-8400 MHz

47 - PDF (23 KB), Placemark

Created Sept 2007

7900-8400 MHz

59 - PDF (36 KB), Placemark

Created Jun 2010

8390-8460 MHz

49 - PDF (240 KB), Placemark

Revised Jul 2015

8460-8510 MHz

49 - PDF (240 KB), Placemark

Revised Jul 2015

8540-8660 MHz

49 - PDF (240 KB), Placemark

Revised Jul 2015

10700-14800 MHz

49 - PDF (240 KB), Placemark

Revised Jul 2015

15349-15410 MHz

49 - PDF (240 KB), Placemark

Revised Jul 2015

15430-15630 MHz

49 - PDF (240 KB), Placemark

Revised Jul 2015

17200-21400 MHz

49 - PDF (240 KB), Placemark

Revised Jul 2015

22200-22510 MHz

49 - PDF (240 KB), Placemark

Revised Jul 2015

24250-27500 MHz

69 - Word (19 KB), Placemark

Created Mar 2016

24750-25250 MHz

49 - PDF (240 KB), Placemark

Revised Jul 2015

25500-31000 MHz

49 - PDF (240 KB), Placemark

Revised Jul 2015

33400-36000 MHz

49 - PDF (240 KB), Placemark

Revised Jul 2015

37500-43500 MHz

49 - PDF (240 KB), Placemark

Revised Jul 2015

47200-51400 MHz

49 - PDF (240 KB), Placemark

Revised Jul 2015

52590-59300 MHz

49 - PDF (240 KB), Placemark

Revised Jul 2015

10.95-12.75 GHz

47 - PDF (23 KB), Placemark

Created Sept 2007

13.75-14.50 GHz

47 - PDF (23 KB), Placemark

Created Sept 2007

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