Guidelines for broadcasting licences | ACMA

Guidelines for broadcasting licences

Applicant's details

It is important to ensure that the information provided is both legible and current so that if a licence is issued to you, it has the correct details and it has a good chance of being delivered to the right address.

Licence details

Type of service - Tick only one box.

Purpose of licence - Tick only one box.

Broadcaster identifier - Completion of this box is not required by law. However, the applicant's assistance in this regard would help the ACMA in its handling day-to-day general inquiry as the ACMA does not have the knowledge of how a broadcasting station is identified by local listeners/viewers.

Proposed commencement date - Please indicate the date that you propose to start transmission.

Cessation date - This box is used for applications for licences to provide short term or temporary services ie test transmissions and special event temporary transmissions.

Dates/Days of operation - This box is used for applications for licences to provide part-time services within the proposed licensed period. This information will assist in the efficient planning of services.

Required licence period - Licences that are not of a temporary nature may be issued for periods up to five years ie licences issued for open narrowcasting services under s106 of the RA, national, retransmission and broadcasting (commercial and community) services. Licence periods for other licence types ie temporary community broadcasting, test transmission and special event temporary transmission are subject to ACMA decisions. Please indicate the period of time that you require for a licence that you apply for.

Payment option - Licences which have a term of one year or less must be paid for in full at time licences are issued. Licensees who are eligible for licence terms of greater than one year have the option of paying licence fees either in full or by annual instalments. For details, please see the Radiocommunications Apparatus Licence Fees and Charges page.

Transmitter site details

Name of the Licence Area Plan and Technical Specifications Number - These boxes are provided for applicants who have been allocated community or commercial broadcasting service licences, or an open narrowcasting licence through the ACMA's price-based allocation system. To obtain this information, applicants need to consult the ACMA's relevant licence area plan. If in doubt, please contact (02) 6219 5555.

Site number - If this is your first time application, this box is not applicable to you. Applicants who were previously issued apparatus licences and wish to use the same site for their next transmission may obtain the site number from your previous licence.

Site name - The name of the site that is generally known, for example Telstra Tower, Black Mountain, Canberra, ACT

Site address - A street address of the transmitter site must be given. For example 25 Acton Road, Canberra.

Site height above height datum, map name, map number, map scale and Australian map grid reference - The identification of the transmitter site is critical in the frequency assignment process. Within suburban areas, a street address is required as well as the Australian Map Grid (AMG) co-ordinates with an accuracy to within 10 metres. In rural areas the accuracy may be relaxed provided the location is clearly identified in relation to identified features on a topographic 1:100,000 scale map of the area, and the AMG co-ordinates are provided with an accuracy of at least 100 metres. An instruction on "Reading Australian map grid co-ordinates" may be obtained from the ACMA's Canberra office.

Applicants are advised to check the accuracy of the proposed site details with an ACMA Office, local government offices or with any Registered Surveyor. The ACMA will not accept responsibility for errors in details provided by an applicant.

If you propose to co-site with another service, please provide details - Any information given will enable the ACMA to identify potential interference problems between services that are within the vicinity.

Note: While evidence of site approval is not a pre-requisite for granting an apparatus licence, it is the responsibility of the applicant to obtain the relevant council or land owner's approval to use any given site. The ACMA will not be drawn into any negotiations on the subject.

Proposed coverage area - The application form cannot be assessed unless the intended coverage area is provided.

Emission details

It is important that all details of the transmission facilities are provided. Applicants with no technical background may need to seek assistance from a competent consultant in completing the Transmitter Site Details and Emission Details sections.

Application's declaration

Applicant is required to make a declaration that the details given in the application and in any accompanying documents is true and correct. This form will not be processed unless it is duly signed. The ACMA will not accept responsibility for any errors made by an applicant.


Information about applications for apparatus licences that have been lodged with the ACMA is considered 'commercial-in-confidence' up until the time that the relevant apparatus licence is issued. Details about the service will be made available to the general public on request only when an apparatus licence for a proposed service has been issued.

However, the ACMA has a policy of open accountability for the administration of broadcasting licensing. The ACMA will periodically publicise idetails of licences issued for temporary community broadcasting and open narrowcasting licences issued following the price-based allocation exercise. The ACMA may disclose the following information to any person who seeks it:

  • the name of current apparatus licensees;
  • the details of any applications for temporary community broadcasting licences under consideration, including the applicant's name, period of broadcast, frequency and proposed callsign (if known).

Application fee

  • Radiocommunications apparatus licence fees and charges

Cheques should be made payable to the COLLECTOR OF PUBLIC MONIES

Last updated: 12 August 2016