The Broadcasting Planning Manual (BPM) is a comprehensive reference source of the planning procedures and practices of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (the ACMA). It is recommended for broadcasters, planning consultants, transmission infrastructure providers and others involved in the broadcasting industry.
The Broadcasting Planning Manual consists of:
Technical Planning Guidelines
Under section 33 of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992, the ACMA is required to prepare technical guidelines for planning radio and television services that use the broadcasting services bands. The Technical Planning Guidelines (TPGs) contain mandatory technical requirements for commercial, community (including temporary community) and datacasting licensees, when planning and operating new transmission facilities or proposing changes to existing facilities.
Transmitter licences for National Broadcasting Services or narrowcasting licences issued under sections 100 or 100B of the Radiocommunications Act 1992 may have a licence condition requiring compliance with specified guidelines or parts of the TPGs.
Broadcast Planning Instructions
Broadcast Planning Instructions (BPIs) are self-contained instructions about specific planning issues that are not adequately addressed by the ACMA’s planning reference publications. BPIs are issued to clarify existing, new or amended planning practices.
Technical Planning Parameters and Methods for Terrestrial Broadcasting
The Technical Planning Parameters and Methods for Terrestrial Broadcasting (TPPs) detail planning and measurement methods, parameter values and planning assumptions used by the ACMA for planning analog broadcasting services.
The TPPs are based on Recommendations and Reports of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), as well as planning practices developed in Australia, North America, Europe and Britain over many years.
First published by the Department of Transport and Communications in June 1992, the TPPs are intended for broadcasters, planning consultants and operators of broadcasting facilities involved in the detailed design of broadcasting transmitting facilities or the preparation of planning submissions to ACMA.
The ABA’s General Approach to Analog Planning
The former Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA)’s General Approach to Analog Planning provides an overview of the regulatory framework, policy objectives and planning process for planning analog broadcasting services.
The ABA’s General Approach to Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting Planning
The ABA’s General Approach to Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting Planning outlines the general principles and decision-making processes the ABA used to determine Digital Channel Plans (DCPs) for digital terrestrial television broadcasting in Australia. It should be read in conjunction with the Digital Terrestrial Television Planning Handbook.
Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting Planning Handbook
The Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting (DTTB) Planning Handbook contains technical assumptions, planning methods and planning parameters used by the ACMA to develop Digital Channel Plans (DCPs) under the Commercial and National Television Conversion Schemes.