Information directory for apparatus licensing | ACMA

Information directory for apparatus licensing

About the Directory

The Directory provides a centralised, easy to use online reference to documents that need to be considered in the coordination of apparatus licensed radiocommunication services. The Directory is accessed through an index that mirrors the apparatus licensing categories. Information relevant to the coordination of a particular service can be found by navigating the licence type, the corresponding licence option and the applicable frequency band. Depending on the proposed frequency of operation, not all listed documents may need to be considered.

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The Directory index can be accessed here.

Document types referenced in the Directory

The Directory references a range of policy, administrative and legislative documents. The following provides an overview of the document types and follows the same structure as the Directory.

Licence type


Frequency band(s)

The apparatus licensing system is comprised of ‘licence types’ reflecting the different categories of radiocommunications services.

Most licence types have associated licensing ‘options’. Refer to Apparatus licensing system for details.

Refer to Band/Channel plan(s) below

Band/Channel plan(s)

The Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan (ARSP) is the highest-level spectrum planning document. It divides the Australian radiofrequency spectrum into frequency bands and specifies the general purpose for which each band may be used. The ARSP is a legislative instrument made under section 30 of the Radiocommunications Act 1992 (the Act).


Frequency band plans provide detailed information on the use of specific parts of the radiofrequency spectrum. Frequency band plans are legislative instruments made under sections 32 and 34 of the Act.


Administrative band plans serve a similar purpose to the above frequency band plans but are not enacted under legislative provisions. They provide a policy basis for frequency band usage.

Information paper(s)

Policy Information Papers (PIPs) provide information on the licensing arrangements applicable to each licence type, including any associated options, under the apparatus licensing scheme.

Licence conditions determinations

Licence Condition Determinations (LCDs) are legislative instruments made under section 107 of the Act. LCD’s impose common sets of licence conditions – such as minimum antenna performance or permitted power levels – to particular radiocommunications licence types.

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

Spectrum embargoes are documents that give notice of the ACMA’s intention to restrict the allocation of new licences in a band, pending its replanning.


Embargoes follow a fixed format and include details of the frequency band, coverage area, date-of-effect, timeframe and reason(s) for the embargo.

Coordination criteria
(RALIs, Advisory Guidelines etc)

Coordination criteria, which encompass intra-service and/or inter-service requirements, are contained in Radiocommunications Assignment and Licensing Instructions (RALIs) and Advisory Guidelines (AGs).


RALIs are policy documents that set out coordination requirements necessary for the operation of particular radiocommunications services.


AGs are made under section 262 of the Act and provide guidance on matters relating to radiocommunications or radio emissions. Radiocommunications Advisory Guidelines published to date deal principally with the management of interference between spectrum and apparatus licensed services.


In the case of certain services, reference is made to Coordination Criteria contained in policy information papers, spectrum planning reports or ITU publications.

AP alert

The AP Alert advises Accredited Persons of important or topical issues relating to the assignment of frequencies within particular bands or to certain types of radiocommunications services.

Frequency assignment practices

Frequency assignment practices (FAPs) provide guidance on particular frequency coordination matters. FAPs provide background information on an issue, explain relevant interference and/or spectrum considerations and detail the ACMA’s policy in relation to the assignment and licensing of affected radiocommunications services.

Business operating procedures

Business Operating Procedures (BOPs) represent the operational codification of the ACMA’s business policy, procedures and processes.


Most BOPs relate to administration of the apparatus licensing regime and the Accredited Persons scheme.

Spatial data

Some geographic boundaries that are defined or referenced in frequency assigning documentation are also available in KML (Google Earth) and Shapefile spatial formats.  This includes embargo areas and licence fee density areas.

Other information

This segment of the Directory provides additional guidance or information that may assist in the assignment of frequencies.

Disclaimer: Whilst the ACMA has tried to ensure that the Directory information is accurate and up-to-date, no liability is or will be accepted by the ACMA for any loss suffered whether arising directly or indirectly, due to reliance on the accuracy or contents of the Directory.

Last updated: 24 February 2017