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Proposed update to the Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan - consultation 27/2020

We are consulting on an update to the Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan.

Submissions now public
Consultation number
IFC 27/2020
Days remaining 0 of 35 days
  • 1

    Open for comment

    26 Aug 2020
  • 2

    Consultation closed

    29 Sep 2020
  • 3

    Submissions published

    09 Nov 2020
  • 4

    Consultation update

    10 Nov 2020
  • 5

    Outcome published

    21 May 2021

Key documents


The Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan 2021 was made on 20 May 2021. Our summary and response to the main issues raised in submissions is available in the Key documents box. Submissions are available at the bottom of the page.

Original consultation: Consultation update (10 November 2020)

As noted in the consultation paper, domestic approval of the treaty amendments is currently being sought. The process is being managed by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.

This is unlikely to be finalised by the end of 2020. The Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan 2017 will remain in force until it is revoked and a new Spectrum Plan is made. Further deliberation on updates to the Spectrum Plan will occur after parliamentary consideration of the Final Acts of WRC-19.

Enquiries about the ratification of the WRC-19 Final Acts should be directed to

The issue

We are updating the Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan. This will reflect changes to international regulations made at the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019.

The Spectrum Plan:

  • divides the spectrum into frequency bands and sets out their purposes
  • provides a basis for management of the radiofrequency spectrum in Australia
  • informs radiocommunication users about the services allocated to each frequency band
  • informs users about the conditions attached to those allocations.

We propose that the new Spectrum Plan be made before 1 January 2021. This will mean it can start from that date.

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