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Innovation and industry development exemption framework

The innovation and industry development exemption framework allows access to equipment banned under the Radiocommunications Act 1992.

This can include research and development activities, and manufacturing of banned equipment.

The Radiocommunications (Exemption) Determination 2021 is the legal basis for the framework. It sets out what an exempt person can and cannot do. To access banned equipment, or for an exemption, you must apply to us to make a ‘notifiable instrument’. This is basically like a permit.

Notifiable instruments in force are listed in the table below.

We are consulting on the remake of the Radiocommunications (Exemption) Determination 2021. This instrument is a major part of the innovation and industry development exemption framework. Click here to have your say. We welcome your comments by 5 pm (AEST) on 11 June 2024.

 

Apply to access the framework

To access the framework, you need to apply for a notifiable instrument.

1. Read the Innovation and industry development exemption framework – Information for applicants document

This document:

  • helps you prepare applications to access banned equipment
  • gives information about the assessment process
  • provides details about our administration of the framework. This includes compliance, information sharing and engaging with stakeholders.

2. Complete Form R501 Innovation and industry development exemption framework – application for notifiable instrument

To apply, please:

If you have any questions, please email us at spectrumlicensingpolicy@acma.gov.au.

Exempt persons

Those who are exempt under the framework are shown in the table below.

Person/organisation Notifiable instrument Contact
DroneShield Radiocommunications (Named Person – DroneShield Group Pty Ltd) Instrument 2023 droneshield.com
Department 13

Radiocommunications (Named Person – Department 13 Pty Limited) Instrument 2022

Radiocommunications (Section 193 Permission for Department 13 Pty Limited) Instrument 2022

department13.com/
L3Harris Micreo Pty Limited Radiocommunications (Named Person – L3 Harris Micreo Pty Limited) Instrument 2022 Australia | L3Harris™ Fast. Forward.
APC Technology Pty Ltd Radiocommunications (Named Person – APC Technology Pty Ltd) Instrument 2023 apctechnology.com.au
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