Upon consideration of the submissions received, the ACMA updated the draft variation with the inclusion of an additional item correcting a typographical error and made the variation to the LIPD class licence. A copy of the LIPD class licence as varied is available on the Federal Register of Legislation.
Submissions closed COB, Friday 26 February 2016. The ACMA received four submissions tabled below.
The submissions were in general supportive of the proposed changes in the draft variation notice. While the CSIRO expressed concern for possible impact on sensitive Space Research Service (SRS) receivers from the introduction of arrangements supporting building analysis transmitters and industrial radiodetermination sensors their concerns were alleviated after they were sent additional material on overseas studies.
The CSIRO submission also identified a typographical error in the geographic coordinates for the Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex given in the interpretation section of the class licence and this error has also been corrected.
The submission from Telstra in addition to supporting the proposed changes for digital modulation transmitters in the draft variation also suggested a number of other changes to the LIPD class licence for the ACMA to explore for possible future variations to the class licence.
The ACMA seeks comments from interested parties on a proposed variation that makes changes to the Radiocommunications (Low Interference Potential Devices) Class Licence 2015—the LIPD class licence.
Under the Radiocommunications Act 1992, before varying a class licence, the ACMA must provide opportunities for interested persons to make representations about the proposed changes.
The ACMA sought comment on a proposed variation to the LIPD class licence that would make the following changes:
- Update the reference to laser safety standard currently in the class licence. The class licences authorises the use of some laser devices.
- The addition of the frequency bands 122.25–123 GHz and 244–246 GHz to arrangements for all transmitters to align with European arrangements.
- Removal of a limitation on the minimum bandwidth of digital modulation transmitters operated in the 915–928 MHz, 2400–2483.5 MHz and 5725–5875 MHz bands. The change facilitates the use of low data rate machine-to-machine wireless internet interconnections.
- The addition of new frequency bands for radiodetermination transmitters meeting international standards used to measure the thickness of materials or depths in tanks for automated production systems. These new bands are 6.0–8.5 GHz, 24.05–26.5 GHz and 57–64 GHz.
- The addition of the frequency band 6000–6800 MHz to arrangements for in-ground ultra-wide bandwidth transmitters.
- The addition of new arrangement supporting the use of building material analysis transmitters (stud, wiring and pipework in wall or floor detection devices) operating on frequencies in the band 2.2–8.5 GHz band.
A discussion paper that explains the proposed changes and the draft variation instrument are available below.
Submissions on the proposed changes close on COB, Friday 26 February 2016.
Submissions should be sent:
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Spectrum Engineering Section
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The ACMA is committed to ensuring 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 the following guide: 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.
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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 which 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 through use of 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.