The Australian Communications and Media Authority (the ACMA) maintains a high profile within the international radiocommunications community, particularly activities of the International Telecommunication Union Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R).
The ACMA coordinates Australia's input to the ITU-R in setting international standards for radiocommunications. 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 Geneva, Switzerland.
The ACMA oversees extensive industry and stakeholder consultation to prepare for international meetings. This is led by the ACMA'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 decisions and future developments of international radiocommunications regulation are in the best interest of Australia. 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 involves 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 results in Australia's positions and proposals to a WRC being harmonised with those of other countries in the region which maximises the likelihood of Australian positions being successful at a WRC.
For more information, contact the ARSG Secretariat at IRS@acma.gov.au