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Radiocommunications standards

The ACMA makes standards for radiocommunications transmitters and receivers under section 162 of the Radiocommunications Act 1992. These standards reference one or more industry standards for technical performance matters (including test methods and limits).

An ACMA radiocommunications standard is a mandatory standard. The industry standard is voluntary unless it is referenced by an ACMA standard.

Technical standards made under section 162 of the Radiocommunications Act may reference an industry standard in whole, or specify variations to the referenced industry standard (including additional requirements that are not in the referenced industry standard).

The ACMA standard must be read in conjunction with the industry standard to identify the mandatory requirements that apply to a product. Compliance is declared to the applicable ACMA standard not to the referenced industry standard.

Special arrangements allow devices to be used at significant events in order to manage these events more efficiently. Details of these arrangements can be found on the significant events page.

The following ACMA radiocommunications standards and their relevant compliance levels are specified in Schedule 2 of the Radiocommunications Devices (Compliance Labelling—Devices) Notice 2014  (the RLN).

Harmonised Australia/New Zealand standards

Mandatory Standard

Radiocommunications (118 MHz to 137 MHz Amplitude Modulated Equipment—Aeronautical Radio Service) Standard 2012
Radiocommunications (MF and HF Radiotelephone Equipment—International Maritime Mobile Service) Standard 2014

Radiocommunications (Paging Service Equipment) Standard 2014

Radiocommunications (121.5 MHz and 243.0 MHz Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons) Standard 2014
Radiocommunications (MF and HF equipment—Land Mobile Service) Standard 2014
Radiocommunications (UHF CB Radio Equipment) Standard 2011 (No. 1)

Radiocommunications (VHF Radiotelephone Equipment—Maritime Mobile Service) Standard 2018


Radiocommunications (Analogue Speech (Angle Modulated Equipment) Standard 2014


Australia-only mandated standards

Mandatory Standard

Radiocommunications (Devices Used in the Inshore Boating Radio Services Band) Standard 2017
Radiocommunications (HF CB and Handphone Equipment) Standard 2017
Radiocommunications (Cordless Telephone) Standard 2008 (no longer in force)
Radiocommunications (Short Range Devices) Standard 2014
Radiocommunications (406 MHz Satellite Distress Beacons) Standard 2014 
Radiocommunications (Digital Cordless Communications Devices - DECT devices) Standard 2017
Radiocommunications (Digital Cordless Communications Devices - PHS devices) Standard 2007 (no longer in force)

Changes to standards - transition periods

A product must meet the requirements of the applicable ACMA technical standard/s that is in force at the time the product is first supplied to the market (at the point where the Declaration of Conformity is signed).

When an ACMA technical standard or the referenced industry standard is amended or replaced, or a new standard is introduced, a transition period applies. The transition period is 12 months, or as otherwise specified in the ACMA technical standard. During the transition period, both the old and the amended/replacement standard apply.

During the transition period, a supplier of a new product may choose to comply with either the old or amended/replacement standard. The product must not be tested against a combination of the two standards.

Continued supply of a product compliant to an expired standard (grandfathering)

A supplier may continue to supply a product that has been tested to an expired standard provided that standard was in effect at the time of signing the Declaration of Conformity. A supplier is not required to re-test the product to the amended or replacement standard.

However, these arrangements do not apply if at least one of the following occurs:

  • the product is subsequently modified—the product may need to be re-tested in part or in full to the replacement standard, depending on the modification
  • continued supply of the product/s would have an adverse effect on safety, or on the integrity of a telecommunications network or facility
  • a radiocommunications product is compliant with the Radiocommunications (Low Interference Potential Devices) Class Licence 2015 (the LIPD class licence), and the LIPD class licence includes provisions that do not allow for grandfathering to occur (for example, wireless microphones).


Conduct the appropriate testing (if required)

Last updated: 07 December 2018