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Special events: licence guidelines

The ACMA has developed special events policy guidelines:

As described in the policy guidelines, the ACMA defines a special event as:

  • a distinct and organised event of major sporting, cultural or other community significance.

The Explanatory Memorandum to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 gives the following examples of the types of events referred to in the legislation:

  • sporting events such as the Adelaide Grand Prix, the Olympic or Commonwealth Games, various championships etc.; cultural events such as horticultural or flower shows, artistic exhibitions, etc

Events which are not distinct, therefore being common or occurring on a regular and reasonably frequent basis will be excluded.

Special events are limited to coverage of the event, and will normally be granted to cover a short period (ie licences will not normally be granted for a period longer than 30 days) coinciding with the duration of the special event, and may include one or two days before the event for testing.

How to apply

  1. Complete both Form ACMA B12 and the ACMA Special Events Checklist (.doc) to accompany an application for a transmitter licence for a special event. Copies of the ACMA B12 (Application for a Transmitter Licence in the Broadcasting Services Bands) and the checklist are available from the ACMA.
  2. Attach the checklist (and supporting documents) to the completed Form ACMA B12 and send to the ACMA.
  3. Applications must be submitted at least 8 weeks before the special event. Applications submitted less than 8 weeks before the event may not be processed in time.
  4. If your application is approved, you will be required to pay a transmitter licence tax. Copies of the fee schedules are available from the ACMA on 1800 226 667.

Further information

Last updated: 12 August 2016