This article is taken from the ACMA's Five-year Spectrum Outlook 2013-2017, published in September 2013.
The Five-year spectrum outlook 2013–2017 is available for download as an e-mag, PDF and word document here. The Table of contents and links to individual sections of the report are available here.
This chapter contains the ACMA’s indicative spectrum management work programs for the
2013–2017 time frame.
The programs are:
1. Work priorities for 2013–2014: This work program contains the ACMA’s significant spectrum management projects that are scheduled to be completed within the next five years (Table 6.1).
2. The Outlook 2013–2017 work program: This work program is based on the assessment of future spectrum requirements of services contained in Chapter 5, and also includes the ACMA’s current spectrum management projects. These projects that have medium- to long-term time frames and have been divided up into the following:
6.2.1 Projects listed band-by-band
6.2.2 Projects by service planning—not band-specific
6.2.3 Regulatory framework projects.
These work programs are living documents that are reviewed annually to ensure their relevance to current trends in radiocommunications. This will included regular updates of the time frames and priorities for each task and project to ensure they reflect current demand.
The prioritisation of spectrum management projects aims to encourage a two-way conversation between the ACMA and stakeholders about planned spectrum management activity. The ACMA stresses that consultation with interested parties about planned spectrum management work and related changes will be an ongoing feature of all individual projects.
Effective prioritisation of these projects aims to ensure that the ACMA can efficiently allocate work and resources to meet its main spectrum management objective; that is, to maximise the overall public benefit derived from using radiofrequency spectrum.
Work programs, and the priorities are based on the available evidence at the time the Outlook is updated each year. In making decisions about changing priorities for its spectrum management work, the ACMA commits to undertaking work in those areas that will best enable it to fulfil government policy, its legislative objectives and its Principles for spectrum management, in the broader public interest.
The ACMA aims to:
> improve the transparency of the ACMA’s decision-making when prioritising projects
> assist stakeholder involvement in regulatory issues and decisions
> contribute to effective and appropriate regulatory outcomes.