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Apply for a telecommunications carrier licence

If a network unit is used to supply carriage services to the public, the owner(s) must hold a telecommunications carrier licence unless, the owner:

  • enters into an arrangement by which a licensed telecommunications carrier is nominated to take on the carrier-related responsibilities in relation to their network units (a nominated carrier declaration); or
  • is exempt from the requirement to hold a carrier licence under the provisions of Part 3 of the Telecommunications Act 1997; or
  • has a certificate issued by the ACMA authorising it to conduct a trial of its services or operations (a trial certificate).

Before you apply for a carrier licence

You should be familiar with the legislation you need to follow as a carrier.

  • Telecommunications Act 1997 (Telecommunications Act)
  • Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999
  • Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 (Chapter 5)

Complete the application

Complete form T033 Application for carrier licence and pay the fee. The Telecommunications (Carrier Licence Application Charge) Determination 2012 sets the fee.

How we assess your application

The Carrier licensing guide explains how we manage applications for carrier licences.

Once you hold a licence

Licence holders may need to pay annual fees and levies.

Licence holders also have to report on your activities as a condition of your licence.

Carriers appear on the register of carrier licences and nominated carrier declarations .

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