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Radiocomms standards

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.


The ACMA develops radiocommunications standards to ensure compatibility with, or to limit emissions, from transmitters. To do this, the ACMA requires manufacturers and importers of radiocommunications products and their authorised agents to comply with its supplier-based labelling scheme. The scheme aims to ensure that radiocommunications products meet relevant ACMA mandatory standards before these products are placed on the Australian market.

After consideration of the voluntary industry standards, the ACMA makes mandatory standards under section 162 of the Act. The ACMA’s mandatory standards adopt the appropriate voluntary industry standard often with variations that are listed in the mandatory standard. The scheme has separate levels of compliance and is based on a declaration process. The manufacturer, importer or authorised agent (supplier) must also affix a compliance label to their product and hold documents supporting claims of compliance with the standards.

The ACMA has introduced a new technical standards compliance program, known as the Priority Compliance Areas (PCA), which allows the ACMA to maximise its regulatory reach in a more strategic and resource-efficient manner. For the first year of this Outlook, the PCA will focus on devices that pose a high risk to the integrity of the Australian radiofrequency spectrum and public safety. These priority areas are:

> prohibited devices, such as mobile phone jammers and GPS jammers
> mobile phone repeaters
> non-compliant DECT devices, such as cordless phones and headsets.

The ACMA will conduct a comprehensive compliance program during the first year of this Outlook, which will include education campaigns and traditional enforcement measures. As part of the broader communications strategy, the ACMA will also focus on improving online supply compliance.

The ACMA will continue to review standards and compliance programs, with a view to setting and publishing future PCA, highlighting issues of regulatory focus, their treatment and the consequences for those unwilling to participate in the PCA. Priority areas will be reviewed annually to ensure ongoing relevance and will be consistent with the ACMA’s graduated compliance and enforcement model. The ACMA will continue to assist stakeholders to better understand their regulatory responsibilities through targeted education and information programs.

Last updated: 03 September 2014