Transmitter (Apparatus) | ACMA

Transmitter (Apparatus)

The ACMA must issue apparatus licences in accordance with sections 100, 101A, 102 and 106 of the Radiocommunications Act 1992 (RA).

An apparatus licence issued under section 100 authorises the operation of a radiocommunications transmitter within part of the broadcasting services bands made available in accordance with a decision of the Authority under subsection 34(1) of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (BSA) OR within a part of the spectrum that constitutes capacity reserved under paragraph 31(1)(a) of the BSA. The types of service that can be licensed under section 100 include test transmissions, retransmission (of programs), special event temporary transmissions, open narrowcasting and national services.

An apparatus licence issued under section 101A can be issued only when a broadcasting services bands licence is allocated to a person under Part 6A of the BSA - temporary community broadcasting licences. The ACMA must issue to a holder of a broadcasting services bands licence an apparatus licence that authorises the operation of one or more specified radiocommunications transmitters for transmitting the temporary community broadcasting service.

An apparatus licence issued under section 102 will be issued only when a broadcasting services bands licence is allocated to a person under Part 4 or 6 of the BSA. Part 4 of the BSA refers to commercial radio and television broadcasting services and Part 6 refers to community radio and television broadcasting services. The ACMA must issue to a holder of a broadcasting services bands licence an apparatus licence that authorises the operation of one or more specified radiocommunications transmitters for transmitting the broadcasting service concerned.

An apparatus licence issued under section 106 authorises the operation of a radiocommunications transmitter within part of the broadcasting services bands made available for open narrowcasting services by the ACMA following the determination of licence area plans. Spectrum is made available under s34 of the BSA. Allocation of such licences is made on the price-based allocation system determined by the ACMA in accordance with s106 of the RA.

Last updated: 10 October 2016