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Changes to the apparatus licence tax determinations - consultation 41/2019

The ACMA wants to change the apparatus licence tax determinations. This is to account for inflation and update the frequency range with taxes in the 3.5 GHz band.

Submissions now public
Consultation number
IFC 41/2019
Days remaining 0 of 54 days
  • 1

    Open for comment

    12 Dec 2019
  • 2

    Consultation closed

    03 Feb 2020

Key documents


On 28 February 2020, we made: 

The impact to the tax determination includes:

  • the increase of taxes by the CPI rate of 1.6 per cent
  • the removal of the tax freeze for fixed services below 960 MHz in remote areas
  • the extension of the 3.5 GHz frequency range
  • price changes to space licences to complement the new class licensing arrangements
  • minor changes to clarify the definition of the low power spectrum access

If you have any queries about this update, please email

The issue

Important note: The consultation paper was updated on 22 January 2020 to amend an incorrect frequency range. Please see the updated paper for more details.

The ACMA is looking to change apparatus licence taxes. This will account for inflation with a 1.6 per cent increase in taxes.

Since 2008, we have had a freeze on taxes for fixed services below the 960 MHz band in remote areas. We would like your views on lifting the freeze.

We also want to extend the apparatus licence tax frequency range for some licences in the 3.5 GHz band.

There is another consultation paper looking at changes to taxes for space apparatus licences. Make a comment on those changes.

Have your say

The ACMA would like your comments on our plans to:

  • increase taxes by 1.6 per cent
  • lift the 'freeze' on taxes for fixed services below 960 MHz in remote areas
  • extend the frequency range for taxes on some licences in the 3.5 GHz band

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