Details of up-coming auctions
The ACMA issues media releases indicating that licences within a particular
band will be subject to sale by auction well in advance of an allocation. The
process of nominating a spectrum band prior to auction may take years and
involve consultations, requests for public responses to the planned allocation,
and definition of the technical framework that guides the operation of
radiofrequency devices within that band.
Once the ACMA decides that the band is suitable for auction, it prepares an
applicant information package and issues media releases and place notices on
the ACMA website advising the auction date and a closing date for receipt of
applications for registered bidders.
past, current and future auctions of spectrum
Applicant information packages
To participate in an upcoming spectrum auction, you need to obtain the
appropriate applicant information package for the upcoming auction and assess
whether the spectrum band and licence conditions offered are suitable for your
intended business purpose.
Applicant information packages can be downloaded from the ACMA website. They
provide detailed information about the auction and indicate:
- the spectrum band that is on offer;
- the legal instruments that authorise the allocation process e.g.
- the technical conditions under which the bandwidth is to be used;
- how applicants can register as bidders for spectrum;
- how the allocation process works;
- whether competition limits on the amount of spectrum that can be
acquired have been set; and
- what happens where there is one applicant or no applicant for an
To find the correct applicant information pack:
Applications for upcoming auctions can be lodged at any time before the
In some cases, where spectrum is sold as residual lots following a main
auction, say on a quarterly basis, applications received after the closing date
for an allocation round will be processed in the following round. At the close
of the allocation round, where there is only one applicant for a licence in an
area, the ACMA will offer that applicant the opportunity to acquire the licence
at its starting price. Where there is more than one applicant, the ACMA will
generally conduct an open
ascending-bid auction to allocate the licence.