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Five-year spectrum outlook 2015–19

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Issue for comment 23/2015—10 September 2015

The Five-year spectrum outlook (FYSO) is an annual update that assists the ACMA to improve its spectrum management functions. Stakeholders can use the FYSO to identify when the ACMA expects a particular work program to commence, and to understand the priority applied to particular activities by the ACMA.

The ACMA has released the 2015–19 edition of the FYSO for discussion and input.





Five-year spectrum outlook 2015–19

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The 2015–19 FYSO

The 2015–2019 FYSO outlines the fundamental issues that affect spectrum requirements and management over the next five years. It outlines the ACMA’s proposed actions to address these issues, while also highlighting the spectrum issues that could arise for radiocommunications services beyond 2015.

Development of the 2015–19 FYSO

The 2015–19 FYSO was developed from submissions received in response to the Five-year spectrum outlook 2014–18, which was published by the ACMA in August 2014. Submissions on the 2014–18 FYSO closed on 18 December 2014. The ACMA received a total of nine submissions.

In addition, the 2015–19 FYSO has been updated to take account of recent activities and government initiatives.


Submissions to the 2015–19 FYSO closed on COB Friday 18 December 2015. The ACMA received 10 submissions which can be found here. The ACMA is reviewing these submissions in its preparation for the next edition of the FYSO. Written comments or queries regarding the preparation of the next edition of the FYSO may be forwarded:

By email:

By mail:               

The Manager
Spectrum Licensing Policy Section
Spectrum Management Policy Branch
Australian Communications and Media Authority
PO Box 78
Belconnen ACT 2616


Effective consultation

The ACMA is working to enhance the effectiveness of its stakeholder consultation processes, which are an important source of evidence for its regulatory development activities. To assist stakeholders in formulating submissions to its formal, written consultation processes, it has developed Effective consultation—a guide to making a submission. This guide provides information about the ACMA’s formal written public consultation processes and practical guidance on how to make a submission.

Publication of submissions

In general, the ACMA publishes all submissions it receives. The ACMA prefers to receive submissions that are not claimed to be confidential. However, the ACMA accepts that a submitter may sometimes wish to provide information in confidence. In these circumstances, submitters are asked to identify the material over which confidentiality is claimed and provide a written explanation for the claim.

The ACMA will consider each confidentiality claim on a case-by-case basis. If the ACMA accepts a claim, it will not publish the confidential information unless authorised or required by law to do so.

Release of submissions where authorised or required by law

Any submissions provided to the ACMA may be released under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (unless an exemption applies) or shared with other Commonwealth Government agencies under Part 7A of the Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005. The ACMA may also be required to release submissions for other reasons including for the purpose of parliamentary processes or where otherwise required by law (for example, under a court subpoena). While the ACMA seeks to consult submitters of confidential information before that information is provided to another party, the ACMA cannot guarantee that confidential information will not be released through these or other legal means.


The Privacy Act 1988 imposes obligations on the ACMA in relation to the collection, security, quality, access, use and disclosure of personal information. These obligations are detailed in the Australian Privacy Principles that apply to organisations and Australian Government agencies from 12 March 2014.

The ACMA may only collect personal information if it is reasonably necessary for, or directly related to, one or more of its functions or activities.

The purposes for which personal information is being collected (such as the names and contact details of submitters) are to:

  • contribute to the transparency of the consultation process by clarifying, where appropriate, whose views are represented by a submission
  • enable the ACMA to contact submitters where follow-up is required or to notify them of related matters (except where submitters indicate they do not wish to be notified of such matters).

The ACMA will not use the personal information collected for any other purpose, unless the submitter has provided their consent or the ACMA is otherwise permitted to do so under the Privacy Act.

Submissions in response to this paper are voluntary. As mentioned above, the ACMA generally publishes all submissions it receives, including any personal information in the submissions. If a submitter has made a confidentiality claim over personal information which the ACMA has accepted, the submission will be published without that information. The ACMA will not release the personal information unless authorised or required by law to do so.

If a submitter wishes to make a submission anonymously or use a pseudonym, they are asked to contact the ACMA to see whether it is practicable to do so in light of the subject matter of the consultation. If it is practicable, the ACMA will notify the submitter of any procedures that need to be followed and whether there are any other consequences of making a submission in that way. 

Further information on the Privacy Act and the ACMA’s privacy policy is available at The privacy policy contains details about how an individual may access personal information about them that is held by the ACMA, and seek the correction of such information. It also explains how an individual may complain about a breach of the Privacy Act and how the ACMA will deal with such a complaint.

Last updated: 16 April 2019