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Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan

The Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan (the plan) helps you understand how to use spectrum. It provides the local and international rules we must follow.

The plan divides the Australian radiofrequency spectrum into frequency bands. It is a legal instrument that specifies the general purpose and use for each band.

Access the Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan 2017.

The ACMA also publishes the Spectrum Plan. This is part of a document called the 'Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan 2017 including general information'. It has extra information about the plan and spectrum use in Australia.

The document includes: 

  • Chapter 1: general information. This introduces the plan and its use, and talks about the international framework used to make it. 
  • Chapter 2: the Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan. This is the legal instrument. It binds the ACMA in making decisions on the use of the radiofrequency spectrum.

For further details, please check ACMA's Five-year spectrum outlook.

The plan aims to:

  • show how we manage the radiofrequency spectrum in Australia
  • inform and educate the public about the services they can operate in each frequency band and any rules they must follow
  • reflect the rules we follow as a member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
  • explain the international frequency allocations for the ITU’s 3 world regions

Details on how to assign specific frequencies to users are at Frequency assignment and coordination.

In some situations, we approve the operation of an unspecified service in a band. The Unspecified Services Policy explains:

We consult before we decide to approve unspecified services. Have your say to provide feedback on open consultations.

Updates to the plan

We review the Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan regularly to keep it current with the ITU Radio Regulations. The regulations change every few years after each ITU World Radiocommunication Conference.

The Five-year spectrum outlook explains how we will manage spectrum into the future.

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