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Overseas amateur visiting Australia class licence

This class licence lets overseas visiting amateurs operate an amateur station in Australia for a short time.

What this class licence lets you do

This class licence lets overseas amateurs visiting Australia to operate an amateur station if they:

  • arrived in Australia less than 90 days ago
  • follow the rules of the class licence for their level of qualification or licence

You need to apply for an Australian amateur apparatus licence if you want to use an amateur station for more than 90 days from your arrival in Australia.

Licence rules

You don't need to apply for a class licence or pay any fees.

But you must follow all the rules in the:

Overseas qualifications we recognise

If you have an overseas qualification or licence that is listed in Tables C (i) to C (iv), you may operate an amateur station if you follow the rules set out in Divisions 1 to 6 of the class licence. The tables below show the qualification or licence you need to operate in each division.

If your qualification or licence is not listed in Tables C (i) to V (iv) you can operate an amateur station in Australia if you follow the rules in divisions 1 and 6 of the class licence.

Table C(i)

If you have a qualification in Table C(i), you must operate under the rules in divisions 1 and 2 of the class licence.

Where the licence or qualification was given

Certificate or licence you hold

European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT)

  • CEPT Harmonised Amateur Radio Examination Certificate (HAREC) Level A
  • CEPT HAREC Level B
  • CEPT HAREC
  • CEPT class 1 licence
  • CEPT class 2 licence
  • CEPT licence

Argentina

Licencia de Aficionado, Categoria Superior (Amateur Radio Operator's Licence, Superior Category)

Canada

Advanced Amateur Certificates of Proficiency in Radio

 

Amateur Certificate of Proficiency in Radio

Denmark

  • Sendetilladelse Fur Amator Radio Station Kategory A and B
  • Kategory D and E

Hong Kong

Amateur (Sound) Station Licence

France (including New Caledonia)

  • Radio Amateur Station Licence Groups D and E
  • Radio Amateur Station Licence Group C

Germany

  • Deutsche Bundespost Class B Licence
  • Deutsche Bundespost Class C Licence

Greece (Hellenic Republic)

  • Certificate of Category 'A'
  • Certificate of Category 'B'

India

Amateur Wireless Telegraphy Station Licence

Indonesia

  • Advanced Level Amateur Station Licence
  • Intermediate Level Amateur Station Licence

Ireland

Amateur Experimenters Licence

Israel

Radio Amateur Licence Class 'A'

 

Radio Amateur Licence Class 'B'

Italy

  • Licenza di Impianto ed Esercizio di Stazione di Radioamatore, Classe 3 (Radio Amateur Station Licence Class 3)
  • Licenza di Impianto ed Esercizio di Stazione di Radioamatore, Classe 2 (Radio Amateur Station Licence Class 2)

Japan

  • First Class Amateur Radio Operator Certificate
  • Second Class Amateur Radio Operator Certificate

Luxembourg

Licenced Amateur (Amateur Radio Operator's Certificate)

Malaysia

  • Amateur Station Licence (qualified in telegraphy at 12 words per minute)
  • Amateur Station Licence (no telegraphy qualification)

Malta

City and Guilds of London Radio Amateur's Certificate (qualified in telegraphy at 12 words per minute)

 

City and Guilds of London Radio Amateur's Certificate (no telegraphy qualification)

Nauru

Amateur Radio Station Licence

Netherlands

  • Amateurradiozendmachtiging Categorie A (Amateur Radio Licence Class A)
  • Amateurradiozendmachtiging Categorie B (Class B)
  • Amateurradiozendmachtiging Categorie C (Class C)

New Zealand

  • Amateur Operator's Certificate (General) (Grades I and II prior to 14/07/1986)
  • Amateur Operator's Certificate (Limited) (Grade III prior to 14/07/1986)

Norway

Amateur Station Licence Class A

Papua New Guinea

  • Amateur Licence
  • Amateur Licence (Limited)

Philippines

  • Radio Amateur Station Licence Class A (Advanced Class)
  • Radio Amateur Station Licence Class B (General Class)
  • Radio Amateur Station Licence Class C (Novice Class)

Poland

  • Amateur Licence Kategoria (Category) Pierwsza (Class A)
  • Amateur Licence Kategoria (Category) Drugiej (Class B)

Singapore

  • Amateur Station Licence (qualified in telegraphy at 12 words per minute)
  • Amateur Station Licence (no telegraphy qualification)

Solomon Islands

  • Amateur Radio Licence (Unrestricted)
  • Amateur Radio Licence (Restricted)

South Africa

  • Amateur Radio Station Licence
  • Restricted Amateur Licence

Spain

  • Aficionado Clase A
  • Aficionado Clase B

Sweden

  • Tillstand att inneha och anvanda amatorradiosandare, Klass A and B (Amateur Licence Class A and B)
  • Tillstand att inneha och anvanda amatorradiosandare, Klass T (Amateur Licence Class T)

Switzerland

  • Amateur Radio Telegraphist's Certificate (Transmission)
  • Class A Licence
  • Class B Licence

United Kingdom

  • Foundation
  • Intermediate
  • Full (CEPT HAREC)

United States of America

Licence granted before 15 April 2000:

  • Amateur Extra Class operator
  • Advanced Class operator
  • General Class operator
  • Technician Plus Class operator
  • Technician Class operator

Licence granted from 15 April 2000 to 22 September 2016:

  • Amateur Extra Class operator
  • General Class operator
  • Technician Class operator

Licence granted from 23 September 2016 to 2 July 2017:

  • Amateur Extra Class operator
  • General Class operator

Licence granted from 3 July 2017:

  • Amateur Extra Class operator

Vanuatu

Amateur Wireless Station Operator's Certificate

West Indies

Amateur Radio Operator's Certificate Class A and B

 

Table C(ii)

If you have a qualification in Table C(ii), you must operate under the rules in divisions 1 and 3 of the class licence.

Where the licence or qualification was given

Certificate or licence you hold

Cayman Islands

Amateur Operator's Certificate Class C

Denmark

Kategory C

France (including New Caledonia)

Radio Amateur Station Licence Group B

Germany

Deutsche Bundespost Class A Licence

Greece (Hellenic Republic)

Certificate of Category 'C'

Indonesia

Preliminary Level Amateur Station Licence

Israel

Radio Amateur Licence Class 'C'

Italy

Licenza di Impianto ed Esercizio di Stazione di Radioamatore, Classe 1 (Radio Amateur Station Licence Class 1)

New Zealand

Amateur Operator's Certificate (Novice)

Papua New Guinea

Novice Licence

Spain

Aficionado Clase C

Sri Lanka

Radio Amateur Licence

Sweden

Tillstand att inneha och anvanda amatorradiosandare, Klass C (Amateur Licence Class C)

United States of America

Licence granted before 15 April 2000:

  • Novice Class operator

Licence granted from 3 July 2017:

  • General Class operator

 

Table C(iii)

If you have a qualification in Table C(iii), you must operate under the rules in divisions 1 and 4 of the class licence.

Where the licence or qualification was given

Certificate or licence you hold

United States of America

Technician Class operator (after 23 September 2016)

 

Table C(iv)

If you have a qualification in Table C(iv), you must operate under the rules in divisions 1 and 5 of the class licence.

Where the licence or qualification was given

Certificate or licence you hold

Japan

  • Third Class (Telegraph Class) Amateur Radio Operator Certificate
  • Fourth Class (Telephone Class) Amateur Radio Operator Certificate

Amateur frequencies

You can find the amateur frequencies for each level of operation in the class licence.

Call signs

Overseas visiting amateurs must use their call sign with a “VK” in front of it to show their location. section 11 of the class licence has more information using your overseas call sign.

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