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Proposed changes to radiocommunications equipment regulation - consultation 37/2022

We want to simplify and streamline radiocommunications equipment supply regulation.

Consultation number
IFC 37/2022
Closing in 11 days (15 December 2022)
In progress
  • 1

    Consultation opened

    10 Nov 2022
  • 2

    Consultation closes

    15 Dec 2022

Key documents

The issue

We are proposing to incorporate the content of 13 existing radiocommunications mandatory technical standards and the Radiocommunications (Compliance Labelling Devices) Notice 2014 (the RLN) into the Radiocommunications Equipment (General) Rules 2021. These are also known as the General Equipment Rules.

The proposal has mostly minor clarifications. It does not change the basic requirements of the radiocommunications mandatory technical standards and the RLN. However, it does repeal one radiocommunications mandatory technical standard. This relates to 121.5 MHz and 243 MHz emergency position-indicating radio beacons. 

We want to adopt 5 equivalent international standards to give suppliers more flexibility in complying with technical requirements. We also propose to remake the Protected Symbols Determination 2013 before it sunsets on 1 April 2023. This includes removing references to the redundant A-Tick and C-Tick mark.

We plan to replace the interim test method IEC TR 63170 that is currently referenced in the General Equipment Rules.  This will be replaced by the recently published Electromagnetic Emissions (EME) test method standard IEC/IEEE 63195 (Parts 1 and 2).

We want to amend the ‘significant event’ provision in several ACMA instruments, including the Radiocommunications (Low Interference Potential Devices) Class Licence 2015. This will give us flexibility to administer the provision.  

Have your say

We invite your comments on the issues in the consultation paper.

Making a submission

You can send us your views by selecting the ‘Upload a submission’ button at the top of this page.

Submissions by post can be sent to:

The Manager
Infrastructure and Equipment Safeguards Section
Australian Communications and Media Authority
PO Box 13112 Law Courts
Melbourne VIC 8010

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