Project HELM background | ACMA

Project HELM background


Project HELM (Holistic Engineering and Licence Management) has changed how the ACMA works and interacts with accredited persons, with a range of process improvements implemented in 2015.The ACMA is implementing some further changes in late May 2016 which will see broadcast licensing transition from the legacy RADCOM system to SPECTRA. This will involve a licencing shutdown period of approximately 1 week in mid May 2016. The length of the shutdown period is driven by the need to upgrade the production environment to incorporate new features and to migrate licence records into SPECTRA.

During this time, the ACMA will not process any apparatus or broadcast service licence applications or renewals, licence transfers, licence variations or surrenders, requests for new sites, master antennas or device registrations under spectrum licences. The Register of Radiocommunications Licences (RRL) will not be updated during the shutdown.  Further details of key processing dates will be provided in early May.

The completion of Project HELM will be a significant milestone for the ACMA that clears the way for the decommissioning of RADCOM, CFM and AIMs modules.   

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Project HELM is the name for the ACMA’s work to replace and improve our ageing radiocommunications licensing and frequency assigning toolsets (collectively referred to as RADCOM). We’re working with LStelcom to implement the SPECTRA Enterprise system. There have been a number of changes to our business already as we developed and transitioned to new tools and applications for spectrum licensing in 2013 and 2015. Some of our stakeholders, such as those accredited persons working in the spectrum licensing arena, will already be familiar with the ACMA Lodgement Facility (ALF), a business-to-government (B2G) system that facilitates the registration of devices under spectrum licences.

ALF-E—the enhanced ACMA Lodgement Facility

ALF—the ACMA Lodgement Facility—is a B2G system developed in 2013 to allow for automated transfer of submissions to the ACMA. In its initial release, ALF has been used to support the submission of device registrations for spectrum licences. ALF is a machine-to-machine system, not a user interface on a web page. To gain the maximum efficiencies from ALF, users need to write a web service that will allow you to submit FACs and applications in a fully automated fashion.

The schemas, user guide and sample code are all available for use. These resources should help you write a web service which give you the efficiencies to be gained through using ALF-E.

Register of Radiocommunications Licences

The Register of Radiocommunications Licences (RRL) is now available to download from the ACMA website.  

Downloadable data is made available as full extracts on a daily basis at approximately 6 am on the morning of every business day for an extract taken after close of business on the previous working day:

  • Full extracts are in a zip file containing a full copy of the technical .csv files
  • Full extracts of a certain subset of the tables (.csv files) are made available in .dbf format
  • The .dbf files are made available in a separate zip file.
  • The core technical .csv zip file is expected to be about 60 MB in size. This zip file will not include the spectrum licence radiated power pattern data. The radiated power pattern .csv will be made available for download in a separate zip file and is expected to be about 200 MB in size. 
  • Full extract zip files can be expected to be made available after 6 am daily for an entire extract taken around midnight, or slightly earlier, of the previous day. 

The data download zip files are made available to the public at no charge. Access to the data download zip files is via a basic click-through webpage where the end user agrees to certain usage conditions of the data. The basic click-through webpage is not expected to preclude the ability to automate downloading the daily zip files.

We’re also providing an Application Programming Interface (API) for live access to RRL data to the general public; a guide to the API is available:

Classified Register

Part 3.5 of the Radiocommunications Act 1992 requires the ACMA to establish the RRL. Section 151 requires the ACMA to make the RRL available to any person, and it has been publicly available for many years. However, when it is not in the national interest to do so, s. 152 provides that the ACMA may decide not to make a part of the RRL available to the public.

In accordance with s. 152, the ACMA has decided not to publish a part of the RRL. The unpublished part—often referred to as the Classified Register—holds records of licences that are not made available to members of the public because it would not be in the national interest. For well over a decade, the Classified Register has been maintained on a standalone workstation at the SECRET level even though this is above the classification level of almost all of the records in the Classified Register.

As part of Project HELM, the ACMA will implement new arrangements in 2015 for licence records that are not published in accordance with s. 152 and will no longer maintain a standalone workstation at the SECRET level. Where licence records are not to be published in accordance with s. 152, those records will be withheld from the RRL published by the ACMA and will not otherwise be available to members of the public.

Licence records with a classification level above FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (FOUO) will be subject to separate arrangements in accordance with the Protective Security Policy Framework.

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The Register of Radiocommunications Licences (RRL) is now available to download from the ACMA website.  Downloadable data is made available as full extracts on a daily basis at approximately 6 am on the morning of every business day for an extract taken after close of business on the previous working day.

Last updated: 14 August 2017