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New interim arrangements for remotely piloted aircraft systems in 5055–5065 MHz band - consultation 17/2022

We are consulting on interim arrangements for control and non-payload communications (CNPC) for remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) in the 5055–5065 MHz band.

Consultation number
Closing in 6 days (03 June 2022)
In progress
  • 1

    Consultation opens

    05 May 2022
  • 2

    Consultation closes

    03 Jun 2022

Key documents

The issue

RPAS usage and technologies have expanded significantly in recent years. While CNPC for small consumer and commercial RPAS has been in use for some time, safe operation of RPAS within controlled airspace is emerging as a key next step.

In April 2021, we consulted on use of the 5030–5091 MHz band for dedicated terrestrial line-of-sight (LoS) RPAS CNPC in controlled airspace. While the Australian industry is supportive of introducing new arrangements, international spectrum arrangements are still being considered.

We expect that the international spectrum arrangements will begin to be settled towards the end 2022. We will later release for consultation an options paper identifying an approach for ongoing frequency arrangements that takes into account work being undertaken with the International Telecommunication Union Radiocommunication Sector.

In the meantime, we are releasing the attached interim RALI to enable access to the 5055–5065 MHz band for LoS RPAS CNPC links. We seek your comments on this proposal.

Have your say

We invite your feedback on this interim arrangement.

Submissions by post can be sent to:

The Manager
Spectrum Planning Section
Australian Communications and Media Authority
PO Box 78
Belconnen ACT 2616

Enquiries can be emailed to

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