4.1 Broadcast service licences - Broadcasting services bands | ACMA

4.1 Broadcast service licences - Broadcasting services bands

Licence type


Frequency band(s)

4.0 Broadcasting

4.1 Broadcast service

Broadcasting Services Bands
(526.5 – 1606.5 kHz, 45 – 52 MHz, 56 – 70 MHz, 85 – 108 MHz, 137 – 144 MHz, 174 – 230 MHz and 520 – 694 MHz)

Band/Channel plan(s)

Refer to the Broadcasting Services (Technical Planning) Guidelines 2017 for channelling arrangements applicable to AM radio, FM radio, digital radio, analog television and digital television broadcasting services.

Information paper(s)


Licence conditions determinations

Spectrum embargoes
(current as of last update of this page)

Embargoes 26, 41, 64 and 67 apply.

For a current list of applicable embargoes, refer to RALI MS03.

Coordination criteria
(RALIs, Advisory Guidelines etc)

Intra-service coordination

  • Broadcasting Planning Manual (incorporates the Technical Planning Guidelines, Broadcast Planning Instructions, Technical Planning Parameters and Methods for Terrestrial Broadcasting and the Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting Planning Handbook).

Inter-service coordination

AP alert

The allocation of broadcasting services band spectrum is subject to a formal planning process which is currently undertaken exclusively by the ACMA. For further information refer to planning process for broadcast services.


Radiocommunications services, other than broadcasting services, may not operate in the broadcasting services bands unless authorised by an appropriate ‘drop-through’ made under section 34 of the Broadcasting Act.


Refer to Radiocommunications services in broadcasting bands for more information.

Frequency assignment practices

Business operating procedures

  1. ACMA contact details for accredited persons
  2. Procedure for submitting requests for exemptions from embargoes
  3. Radiocommunications site data requirements
  4. BOP Correcting information in the ACMA’s Register of Radiocommunications Licences

Spatial data

Download embargo areas, in Placemark (Google Earth) and Shapefile format, from the spectrum embargoes web page.

Other information

The Minister, under subsection 18 (3) of the Radiocommunications Act 1983, assigned certain parts of the radiofrequency spectrum designated as primarily for broadcasting (the broadcasting services bands) to the then Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA) for planning. Under section 4 of the Radiocommunications (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 1992 and sub-item 12 (3) of Schedule 4 to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2005 this assignment is taken to be a referral to the ACMA under subsection 31 (1) of the Radiocommunications Act 1992.


Last updated: 28 February 2018