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DECT devices

This page should be read in conjunction with the general information on compliance and labelling requirements available on the Supplying products in Australia page.

Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT) devices include cordless phones and headsets.

Some DECT devices are not permitted to be supplied or operated in Australia as they are not compatible with Australian licensing and spectrum allocation arrangements. These DECT devices are designed for markets other than Australia and operate on frequencies that are already licensed to mobile phone carriers in Australia. For example, DECT devices that are suitable for use in the United States and Canada operate in the frequency band 1920–1930 MHz. Use of these devices in Australia will cause interference to Australian mobile networks.

The Australian DECT band is 1880–1900 MHz. DECT devices operating in this band may be subject to one or more of the following:

  • Telecommunications regulatory arrangements
  • Radiocommunications regulatory arrangements
  • Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) regulatory arrangements
  • Electromagnetic energy (EME) regulatory arrangements.

Telecommunications regulatory arrangements

The regulatory obligations for all telecommunications items (including DECT devices) are detailed in the Telecommunications (Labelling Notice for Customer Equipment and Customer Cabling) Instrument 2015 (the TLN)

Telecommunications standards

DECT devices are subject to the following ACMA technical standards:

Radiocommunications regulatory arrangements

The regulatory obligations for all radiocommunications devices are detailed in the Radiocommunications (Compliance Labelling – Devices) Notice 2014 (the RLN).

Radiocommunications standards

A supplier of a DECT device must ensure the device complies with the technical performance requirements of the Radiocommunications (Digital Cordless Communications Devices – DECT devices) Standard 2017.

EME regulatory arrangements

The EME regulatory arrangements for mobile and portable products set exposure limits for emissions from radiocommunications transmitters with integral antennas before the products can be supplied to the Australian market. The obligations are detailed in the:

The Human Exposure Standard adopts the exposure limits set by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) in its Radiation Protection Standard for Maximum exposure Levels to Radiofrequency Fields – 3kHz to 300 GHz (2002) (the ARPANSA Standard).

Other regulatory arrangements

DECT devices may also be subject to EMC regulatory arrangements

Radiocommunications licensing requirements

All radiocommunications transmitters must be operated in Australia under the authority of, and in accordance with, the requirements of a radiocommunications licence. The Radiocommunications (Cordless Communications Devices) Class Licence 2014  authorises the operation of a variety of communications devices including those using DECT technologies.

The Australian frequency band licensed for use by DECT devices is 1880–1900 MHz.

Further information can be obtained from the class licences webpage.

More information

Advice for suppliers on equipment compliance and labelling is available on the ACMA website.

If you have any questions about the regulatory arrangements, please contact the ACMA's Customer Service Centre on 1300 850 115 or

Please note: this page is intended as a guide only and should not be relied on as legal advice or regarded as a substitute for legal advice in individual cases.


Last updated: 10 January 2019