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Broadcasting licence

A broadcasting licence lets you transmit TV and radio programs to the public. There are 7 options for broadcasting licences

Our role in broadcasting

We regulate broadcasting in Australia, including:

  • licensing
  • programming
  • ownership
  • control of broadcasting services

We set rules under the:

What a broadcasting licence is for

A broadcasting licence lets you:

  • operate transmitters to broadcast TV or radio programs
  • test stations that plan to broadcast TV or radio programs

Broadcasting licences do not cover services that:

  1. only provide data or text (including teletext), with or without images
  2. make a program available on demand on a point to point basis (includes dial up services)
  3. the Minister determines is not a broadcasting service under the BSA. This information is published in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette

There are 6 options for broadcasting licences.

The Radiocommunications (Interpretation) Determination 2015 defines broadcasting licences.

Where you can broadcast

If you have a broadcasting licence, you can operate in the broadcasting services bands.

Sometimes you can operate outside of these bands. We make these decisions on an individual basis.

Broadcasting services bands 

AM radio

526.5 to 1606.5 kHz (inclusive)

FM radio

87.5 to 108 MHz (inclusive)

VHF television channel 0

45 to 52 MHz (inclusive)

VHF television channels 1 and 2

56 to 70 MHz (inclusive)

VHF television channel 3

85 to 92 MHz (inclusive)

VHF television channels 4 and 5

94 to 108 MHz (inclusive)

VHF television channel 5A

137 to 144 MHz (inclusive)

VHF television channels 6 to 12

174 to 230 MHz (inclusive)

UHF television channels 27 to 51

520 to 694 MHz (inclusive)

Licence conditions

When you have a broadcasting licence, you must follow the conditions of your licence.

These include:

These conditions help you communicate safely and without interference.

We will include information you should be aware of under the heading 'advisory notes'.

Call signs

Call signs are a unique series of letters and numbers. They make it easy to identify a station.

We will give you a call sign or explain how to create one when we give you a licence.

You should use your call sign:

  • every time you start to transmit
  • before you transmit in a series
  • when you test

Fees

Licence fees depend on where and how you will broadcast.

See what licence fee applies to you in the apparatus licence fee schedule.

Find out if you can get a licence fee exemption or concession.

Apply for a broadcasting licence

To apply for a broadcasting licence, you can complete an application for apparatus licence in the broadcasting services bands

When you have completed the form, email it to us.

For certain types of broadcasting licences options (narrowband area service, open narrowcasting service (LPON) and the 3 HF options) you should contact an accredited person.

They can:

  • assign you a frequency
  • give you a frequency assignment certificate
  • apply for your licence for you

Transfer a broadcasting licence

You can apply to:

Questions about broadcasting

Broadcast Australia has information about national broadcasting services.

You should contact the ABC or SBS if you have questions about national radio or TV programs.

You might also be interested in:

  • broadcast beyond your radio licence area
  • technical planning guidelines for broadcasters
  • TV program standards
  • advertisement codes of conduct

Or you can contact us.

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