Fees for apparatus licences
We charge a yearly fee for apparatus licences.
Licence fees include:
- fees for services
- a licence tax.
We adjust our taxes each year for inflation.
Different fees apply to commercial broadcasters.
The apparatus licence fee schedule (updated 5 April 2021) sets out the current fees for apparatus licences.
You should only use the schedule as a guide. You may want to ask an accredited person to help you or get legal advice.
You can also check if you are eligible for a licence fee exemption or concession.
Changes to taxes – April 2021
In January 2021, the ACMA made the Radiocommunications (Receiver Licence Tax) Amendment Determination 2021 (No. 1) and Radiocommunications (Transmitter Licence Tax) Amendment Determination 2021 (No. 1).
These determinations adjust licence taxes by inflation for the 2019–20 financial year. Taxes decreased by 0.3%. The new tax rates apply from 5 April 2021.
Help us test our new fee calculator
We have developed a new fee calculator. This will help licensees see how apparatus licence taxes are calculated and show the taxes and charges due.
If you would like to help test the new apparatus licence fee calculator, please email email@example.com. Your feedback will be used to improve the calculator so we can better support you.
- defer your renewal fee by up to 12 months from the expiry of your licence
- pay by instalments
The ACMA will waive any interest charges normally associated with this.
For further information on government assistance in relation to the coronavirus, please visit the Treasury website.
How we calculate taxes for apparatus licences
Apparatus licences may be for a transmitter or receiver.
We charge a licence tax for all transmitters. We only charge a tax for a receiver if you haven't licensed the transmitter.
The amount we charge depends on if the licence is an:
- assigned licence
- non-assigned licence
- new licence
The amount you need to pay for an assigned licence depends on:
- how many frequencies you need
- the amount of bandwidth
- the frequency
- location of the site
- transmitter power
We base the licence tax on the population density of an area.
Apparatus licence fee density area maps
The boundaries for density areas are available in:
We also use these to determine some taxes:
- the Australian Spectrum Map Grid (ASMG)
- hierarchical cell identification scheme
More information is in the licence fee schedule.
Pay your invoice
You have 45 days to pay your invoice.
If you don’t pay on time, we may refuse your application or renewal. We may also give your frequency to someone else.
You can appeal our decision.
If you give up your licence, we may refund part of your licence fee. We do this automatically.
As stated above, If you’re unable to pay for your licence renewal because you or your business have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, contact the ACMA for possible alternate arrangements.
Rules for licence fees
This legislation helps us determine how we charge for apparatus licences:
- Radiocommunications Act 1992
- Radiocommunications (Receiver Licence Tax) Act 1983
- Radiocommunications (Receiver Licence Tax) Determination 2015
- Radiocommunications (Transmitter Licence Tax) Act 1983
- Radiocommunications (Transmitter Licence Tax) Determination 2015
- Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Apparatus Licence) Determination 2015
- Radiocommunications (Specified Radiocommunications Receivers and Types of Transmitter and Receiver Licences) Determination 2014
- Radiocommunications (Interpretation) Determination 2015
- Radiocommunications Taxes Collection Act 1983
- Radiocommunications Taxes Collection Regulations 1985
- Radiocommunications Taxes Collection (Penalties on Unpaid Tax) Determination 2015
- Radiocommunications (Charges) Determination 2017