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Wi-Fi Bluetooth and other low-powered radiocommunications transmitters

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

All low-powered radiocommunications transmitters in use in Australia operate in what are referred to in some overseas jurisdictions as 'licence free' or ‘unlicensed’ bands. These low-powered transmitters include baby monitors, wireless headphones, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi devices, wireless LANs, car remote entry devices and garage door remote controls.

Products incorporating low-powered radiocommunications transmitters may be subject to one or more of the following:

  • Radiocommunications regulatory arrangements
  • Telecommunications regulatory arrangements (2.4 GHz cordless telephone)
  • Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) regulatory arrangements
  • Electromagnetic energy (EME) regulatory arrangements.

Radiocommunications regulatory arrangements

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

Radiocommunications standards

A supplier of a low-powered radiocommunications transmitter must ensure the device complies with the technical requirements of the Radiocommunications (Short Range Devices) Standard 2014 (the SRD standard).

Low-powered transmitters that are within the scope of the SRD standard are considered to be radiocommunications compliance level 1 devices. While not mandatory, it is recommended that a supplier maintain the following records (as appropriate) to substantiate compliance:

  • written authority by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC approval) for a device to operate in the United States, together with documented information showing how the device has been altered to meet Australian requirements where these diverge from US requirements
  • a test report prepared by an accredited testing body endorsed in accordance with the body's accreditation criteria
  • a test report from a person that is not an accredited testing body
  • a manufacturer's performance specification for the device.

Other regulatory arrangements

Low-powered radiocommunications transmitters may also be subject to Telecommunications  regulatory arrangements, EMC regulatory arrangements, and/or EME  regulatory arrangements.

Radiocommunications licensing requirements

All radiocommunications transmitters must be operated in Australia under the authority and in accordance with the requirements of a radiocommunications licence. For the majority of low- powered transmitters, the relevant licence is the Radiocommunications (Low Interference Potential Devices) Class Licence 2015 (the LIPD Class Licence).

The LIPD Class Licence authorises low-powered transmitters to operate in many frequency ranges including:

  • 433.05–434.79 MHz
  • 915–928 MHz
  • 2.4–2.4835 GHz.

Any other frequency range included in Schedule 1 of the LIPD Class Licence may be used, provided associated requirements are met and the transmitter complies with any specific limitations including, but not restricted to, the maximum transmitter power.

Unless another radiocommunications licence can be obtained, if the frequency range of the transmitter in question does not appear in the LIPD Class Licence, it is likely it cannot be used in Australia. For example, low-powered transmitters operating in the 868 MHz bands or the US ISM bands, between 902 MHz and 915 MHz, cannot be used because these bands have been licensed for commercial purposes in Australia.

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 info@acma.gov.au

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: 24 February 2016