Priority compliance areas: overview | ACMA

Priority compliance areas: overview

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Each year, the ACMA sets a priority compliance area (PCA) program, which takes a strategic approach to combating high-risk compliance issues in a coordinated manner.

We set our PCAs for technical compliance after gathering intelligence about compliance issues and assessing the level of risk. Through this analysis, we identify systemic compliance issues requiring a robust compliance response. This approach enables us to effectively focus our resources on higher risk issues, while continuing to monitor and appropriately respond to lower level matters.

Stakeholder engagement is a cornerstone of the PCA program and we’ll continue to encourage a meaningful dialogue between government and industry in order to improve compliance.

The specific activities implemented for each PCA depend on the issue and appropriate compliance response. These can include non-regulatory measures (like education and awareness) as well as regulatory measures (such as auditing, field monitoring and enforcement). Tailoring our approach enables us to extend our regulatory reach in an efficient, effective and targeted way.

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PCA programs through the years

The ACMA has been setting Priority Compliance Areas for radiocommunications-related compliance since 2012. Below are links to an overview of the PCA program for each year with links to key resources and reports developed as a result of the PCA program.


  • Interference management
  • Spectrum review implementation
  • Licensing integrity

View more information on our current PCAs




  • Radiocommunications transmitter licensing compliance; particularly
  • LED lighting compliance (continued from 2014–15)
    • Particularly working with industry to improve compliance



  • Radiocommunications standards compliance (for suppliers)

And continued from 2012–13

  • Mobile phone repeaters
  • Prohibited devices (mobile phone and GPS jammers)


Last updated: 15 February 2019