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Arrangements for jamming devices and radiocommunications device exemptions - consultation 15/2020

We want your views on prohibited radiocommunications devices and exemptions for when they can be used.   

Consultation number
IFC 15/2020
Closing in 3 days (13 July 2020)
In progress

Key documents

Review of radiocommunications prohibitions and exemptions framework

In the Five-year spectrum outlook 2019–23, we said we would review the radiocommunications prohibitions and exemptions framework.

To begin, we would like industry, government and consumer feedback on:

  • emerging technologies
  • changing policy and operational needs
  • the impact of the framework on their activities

Some of the instruments under the framework will be repealed in 2023. It is timely to consider the scope and operation of these instruments. You can find the framework consultation paper in the key documents box above.  

We also want to change the current rules to help police in their efforts to ensure public safety, and remove barriers to innovation. We would like to discuss:

  • making an exemption determination so police can deal with drone security and safety threats
  • amending the ban on GPS jamming devices to allow trials of GPS repeaters in road tunnels

You can find out more on each of these 2 consultations below.

Radiocommunications exemptions for police use of drone jamming devices

In December 2018, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) saw the need to combat illegal drone use. It agreed to support police with counter-drone capabilities. Technologies that interfere with drone signals are known as drone jamming devices. These can breach the Radiocommunications Act 1992.

We propose to exempt Australian police from offences related to drone jamming devices.

Key documents

Trials of RNSS repeater devices in road tunnels

GPS is also known as the radionavigation-satellite service (RNSS). It is an essential part of our lives. But GPS signals don’t work in tunnels, which is a problem for emergency services.

RNSS repeaters can receive and re-transmit GPS signals in areas of poor coverage. However, they are banned by current laws.

We want to change the Radiocommunications (Prohibited Device) (RNSS Jamming Devices) Declaration 2014. This is to allow road operators to trial RNSS repeaters in tunnels. We have provided a draft amendment declaration.

Key documents


Have your say

We invite submissions on any of the matters raised in these papers.

Make a submission

Use the ‘Upload a submission’ button at the top of this page to transmit your submission.

Submissions by post can be sent to:

Manager, Spectrum Licensing Policy
Australian Communications and Media Authority
PO Box 13112 Law Courts, Melbourne Vic 8010

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