The ACMA maintains a high profile within the international radiocommunications community, particularly with activities from the International Telecommunication Union Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R).
The ACMA provides technical expertise assisting in the development of setting international standards for radiocommunications in Australia. This culminates in the ITU treaty-level World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC), held every three to four years. The next WRC is scheduled for 2019 (WRC-19) in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
The ACMA oversees extensive industry and stakeholder consultation to prepare for international meetings. This is led by Australia’s Preparatory Group for WRC-19 (PG WRC-19) and the Australian Radiocommunications Study Groups (ARSGs).
Australian industry and stakeholder involvement is essential to ensure that decisions and future developments of international radiocommunications regulation are in Australia’s best interests. ARSGs are chaired by government or industry representatives and coordinated by the ACMA. There are six ARSGs, which mirror the work of the ITU-R Study Groups.
An important part in the WRC preparatory process sees the ACMA working closely with the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) to achieve a coordinated approach to radiocommunications issues in the Asia-Pacific region. Cooperation within the APT means that Australia's positions and proposals to a WRC are in harmony with those of other countries in the region, maximising the likelihood of success of Australia’s positions.
For more information, email the ACMA’s International Radiocommunications Section.