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The ACMA provides greater protection against mobile phone jammers

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has made a declaration prohibiting the supply, possession and operation of jamming devices which are likely to substantially interfere with public mobile telecommunication services (PMTS). PMTS include 3G networks and equivalent services such as mobile WiMAX.

The Radiocommunications (Prohibition of PMTS Jamming Devices) Declaration 2011 made under section 190 of the Radiocommunications Act 1992 replaces the mobile phone jamming prohibition made in 1999, and follows the ACMA's 2010 review of the effectiveness of that prohibition. The review found that while the prohibition of jamming devices remains necessary, updates to the prohibition were required to address technological change that has occurred since 1999.

'In making the new prohibition, the ACMA notes the continued need for appropriate regulatory arrangements that protect PMTS from unwanted and potentially harmful interference,' said ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman. 'It is vital that people can access the emergency call service, as well as receive warning messages in times of emergency.'

The new declaration includes a definition of 'PMTS jamming device' in order to make clear the types of prohibited devices. The standing exemption from the prohibition for on board systems used to provide mobile communication services on aircraft remains.

Details of the review are available here. A link to the new Radiocommunications (Prohibition of PMTS Jamming Devices) Declaration 2011 will be available on 28 February 2011 when it is registered on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments.

Last updated: 29 July 2016