Proposed updates to RALI FX 16 and FX 20 | ACMA

Proposed updates to RALI FX 16 and FX 20

Consultation closes: 09 March 2016

IFC: 3/2016

Welcome to our online consultation (beta version)

This consultation is now closed.

The ACMA received two submissions to this consultation. Submissions can be accessed from the right hand side index box.

The two RALIs have now been updated to include the proposed changes together with a number of minor changes based on submissions received.

To view the final documents go to the Frequency assignment requirements webpage

Need more information about using the online system, including our moderation policy?

Read our FAQs.


Closing date
09 March 2016


IFC 3/2016—2 February 2016

The ACMA is seeking comment from interested stakeholders on draft updates to the following Radiocommunications Assignment and Licensing Instructions (RALIs):

• RALI FX 16—Frequency assignment requirements for the point-to-multipoint service in the 400 MHz and 900 MHz bands

• RALI FX 20—Millimetre wave point-to-point (self-coordinated) stations.

The proposed update to RALI FX 16 follows a request from accredited persons for a low power point-to-multipoint service model in the 400 MHz band similar to the RALI LM 08 service model for the low power mobile radio service. 

The proposed update to RALI FX 20 is to update antenna requirements to align with those provided for in European arrangements in response to enquiries from industry.

A copy of the existing RALIs FX 20 and FX16 are available from the Frequency assignment requirements section of the ACMA website.

Effective consultation
The ACMA is working to enhance the effectiveness of its stakeholder consultation processes, which are an important source of evidence for its regulatory development activities. To assist stakeholders in formulating submissions to its formal, written consultation processes, it has developed Effective consultation—a guide to making a submission. This guide provides information about the ACMA’s formal written public consultation processes and practical guidance on how to make a submission.

Publication of submissions
In general, the ACMA publishes all submissions it receives, including any personal information in the submissions (such as names and contact details of submitters). The ACMA prefers to receive submissions which are not claimed to be confidential. However, the ACMA accepts that a submitter may sometimes wish to provide information in confidence. In these circumstances, submitters are asked to identify the material (including any personal information) over which confidentiality is claimed and provide a written explanation for the claim. The ACMA will consider each confidentiality claim on a case-by-case basis. If the ACMA accepts a claim, it will not publish the confidential information unless authorised or required by law to do so.

Release of submissions where authorised or required by law
Any submissions provided to the ACMA may be released under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (unless an exemption applies) or shared with various other government agencies and certain other parties under Part 7A of the Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005. The ACMA may also be required to release submissions for other reasons including for the purpose of parliamentary processes or where otherwise required by law (for example, under a court subpoena). While the ACMA seeks to consult submitters of confidential information before that information is provided to another party, the ACMA cannot guarantee that confidential information will not be released through these or other legal means.

The Privacy Act 1988 imposes obligations on the ACMA in relation to the collection, security, quality, access, use and disclosure of personal information. These obligations are detailed in the Australian Privacy Principles.

The ACMA may only collect personal information if it is reasonably necessary for, or directly related to, one or more of its functions or activities.

The purposes for which personal information is being collected (such as the names and contact details of submitters) are to:

  • contribute to the transparency of the consultation process by clarifying, where appropriate, whose views are represented by a submission
  • enable the ACMA to contact submitters where follow-up is required or to notify them of related matters (except where submitters indicate they do not wish to be notified of such matters).

The ACMA will not use the personal information collected for any other purpose, unless the submitter has provided their consent or the ACMA is otherwise permitted to do so under the Privacy Act.

Submissions in response to this paper are voluntary. As mentioned above, the ACMA generally publishes all submissions it receives, including any personal information in the submissions. If a submitter has made a confidentiality claim over personal information that the ACMA has accepted, the submission will be published without that information. The ACMA will not release the personal information unless authorised or required by law to do so.

If a submitter wishes to make a submission anonymously or use a pseudonym, they are asked to contact the ACMA to see whether it is practicable to do so in light of the subject matter of the consultation. If it is practicable, the ACMA will notify the submitter of any procedures that need to be followed and whether there are any other consequences of making a submission in that way. 

Further information on the Privacy Act and the ACMA’s privacy policy is available at The privacy policy contains details about how an individual may access personal information about them that is held by the ACMA, and seek the correction of such information. It also explains how an individual may complain about a breach of the Privacy Act and how the ACMA will deal with such a complaint.