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Review of non-assigned amateur and outpost regulatory arrangements – consultation 01/2021

We have reviewed the regulatory arrangements for non-assigned amateur and outpost stations. We  are now consulting on options to optimise those arrangements.

Now under review
Consultation number
IFC 01/2021
Days remaining 0 of 59 days
  • 1

    Open for comment

    03 Feb 2021
  • 2

    Consultation closed

    02 Apr 2021

Key documents

The issue

As part of the ACMA’s Five-year spectrum outlook 2020–24, we have reviewed the regulatory arrangements for operating non-assigned amateur and outpost stations.

Our aim was to find the best licensing mechanism to reduce regulatory burden and minimise costs for licensees, while also keeping the current benefits and uses.

We have identified a set of options. We could either:

  • keep the existing apparatus licensing arrangements and conditions
  • simplify the existing licensing arrangements and conditions
  • transition non-assigned stations to class licensing arrangements, while keeping apparatus licensing arrangements for assigned stations.

Our preferred approach is to authorise the operation of non-assigned amateur and outpost stations under a class licence. We have prepared for consultation a draft class licence for each type of station that would be part of our approach.

Have your say

We invite comments on the issues and options set out in the consultation papers and draft class licences by 2 April 2021.

Submissions and questions

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

Submissions by post can be sent to:

The Manager
Spectrum Licensing Policy Section
Australian Communications and Media Authority
PO Box 13112
Law Courts
Melbourne VIC 8010

If you have a question about this consultation, please email it to We will respond to frequently asked questions via the Amateur radio update – you may wish to subscribe to this e-bulletin

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