2 kinds of licences are usually needed to transmit TV and radio programs to the public, a broadcasting licence dealing with content under the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (BSA) and a broadcasting transmitter (apparatus) licence under the Radiocommunications Act 1992.
What a broadcasting content licence is for
A broadcasting transmitter licence lets you broadcast TV or radio programs.
Broadcasting content licences are not required for services that:
- only provide data or text (including teletext), with or without images
- make a program available on demand on a point to point basis (includes dial up services)
- the Minister determines is not a broadcasting service under the BSA. This information is published in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette
Broadcast services may also be issued under a class licence. For more information see Broadcast class licences and Part 8 of the BSA.
Broadcast service licence
This licence option covers services that use the broadcasting services bands:
We plan and regulate these services. If we grant you a broadcast service station licence, we will need to assign spectrum to you. We will print your frequency details on your licence.
If your service does not operate in the broadcasting services bands, you may apply for a narrowband area service station licence.