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Amateur class licence

Amateur radio operators can operate a station under a class licence instead of an individual licence.

What this class licence lets you do

From 19 February 2024, you can operate an amateur station under the Radiocommunications (Amateur Stations) Class Licence 2023.

The amateur class licence allows you to operate a station on shared frequencies. You don't need to apply for it or pay any fees as it is a class licence, not an individual licence.

If you want to operate an amateur repeater or amateur beacon station, you will need an amateur assigned apparatus licence instead of a class licence.

Licence conditions

Class licence conditions help you communicate safely and without interfering with other services. They include: 

  • having the correct qualifications to operate
  • using the right frequencies
  • using call signs correctly
  • complying with electromagnetic energy (EME) rules
  • meeting device standards.

You will need to follow the rules for operation in the:


You cannot operate an amateur radio without being qualified. 

From 19 February 2024, ACMA recognition certificates (or equivalent) will be a required qualification for amateur radio operators. 

There are 3 levels of qualification: 

  • ACMA recognition certificate (Foundation) 
  • ACMA recognition certificate (Standard)
  • ACMA recognition certificate (Advanced).

Qualification levels reflect the difficulty of the subject matter. Higher levels allow more operating privileges, such as access to more frequency bands and higher transmission power.

Candidates will need to pass an exam or have their prior learning recognised by us to be awarded a qualification. 

Find out how to get qualified

Existing equivalent qualifications

You may hold a previous or different qualification that is considered equivalent to an ACMA recognition certificate. Find out whether your qualification is considered equivalent.

Frequencies for amateur use

The frequencies you can use depend on your qualification.

Qualification Frequencies available
Foundation Use the frequencies in Table A in Schedule 2 of the class licence.
Standard Use the frequencies in Table B in Schedule 2 of the class licence.
Advanced Use the frequencies in Table C in Schedule 2 of the class licence.

Station identification

You must identify your amateur station using your call sign – a unique series of letters and numbers that identify an amateur station.

Find out the rules and how to apply for and use a call sign.

International arrangements

There are reciprocal arrangements for operating a radio overseas. 

Find out about the arrangements for overseas visiting amateurs and Australians going overseas.

Device rules and standards

The device or equipment you operate under your licence must comply with the Radiocommunications Equipment (General) Rules 2021 (the General Equipment Rules).

If your device or equipment does not meet these rules, you’ll need a permit to supply, use or have it. This is separate from getting a licence. 

Find out about permits and fees under the General Equipment Rules.

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