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Step 1: check the rules to follow

As a supplier, you must know and follow our rules for your product.

It is important you read our rules carefully. Your product might not fit neatly into one group.

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Our rules

We regulate products by making rules under the:

Your product might need to comply with our rules for:

We also regulate one part of broadcasting: the parental lock standard for digital TV.

Where your product fits

Your product might not fit neatly into one group of rules.

Labelling notices

Each group has a labelling notice, which sets our rules including:

Our labelling notices are the:

Multiple labelling notices might apply to your product.

For example, a TV with bluetooth and wi-fi might have to comply with the RLN, EMC LN and EMR LN. It might also have to comply with our parental lock standard.

Take our simple test to help you find the right labelling notice.

Telecommunications equipment rules

Under the Telecommunications Act 1997 (the Act), we regulate products that:

  • are customer equipment or customer cabling
  • may connect to a telecommunications network or facility in Australia
  • are at the customer's place (for example, a house or office) rather than with the service provider
  • might include telephone handsets, TV set-top boxes, cable plugs and sockets

We say what you must do before and after you supply your product. This helps to manage:

  • consumer risks (health and safety, and access to standard and emergency call services)
  • industry risks (health and safety, network integrity, and how you can connect over a network)

Our rules are in the:

Penalties

If you supply a product that does not comply with the TLN, you might be committing an offence.

Penalties for breaching the Act can reach up to:

  • $18,000 under section 413
  • $21,600 (for example, for connecting a product that has no label to a network or facility without permission)

Radiocommunications equipment rules

Under the Radiocommunications Act 1992 (the Act), we regulate transmitters and receivers, including transmitters that are in other products.

We set technical performance limits and say what you must do before and after you supply your product. This helps to:

  • manage the risk of interference
  • make the best use of the radiofrequency (RF) spectrum

Our rules are in the:

Penalties

If you supply a product that does not comply with the RLN, you might be committing an offence.

Penalties for breaching the Act can reach up to:

  • $270,000 for having or supplying a non-standard product (one that does not comply with the RLN)
  • $18,000 for supplying a product that has no label, applying a label before complying with all RLN rules, or not keeping records

Electromagnetic compatibility rules

Under the Radiocommunications Act 1992 (the Act), we regulate:

  • electrical and electronic products
  • most common household products (for example, white goods, kitchen appliances and IT equipment)
  • some vehicles and products with internal combustion engines

We say what you must do before and after you supply your product. This helps to manage the risk of:

  • interference
  • affecting other electrical products
  • disrupting radiocommunications services

Our rules are in the:

Penalties

If you supply a product that does not comply with the EMC LN, you might be committing an offence.

Penalties for breaching the Act can reach up to $18,000, including for:

  • supplying a product that has no label
  • applying a label before complying with all EMC LN rules
  • not keeping records

Electromagnetic energy rules

Under the Radiocommunications Act 1992 (the Act), we regulate radio transmitters with an integral antenna.

We say what you must do under Australian law before and after you supply your product. This helps to make sure electromagnetic energy (EME) stays at a safe level for people.

Our rules are in the:

If you do not know exactly where consumers will use your product, the EME LN applies. For example, for mobile phones, baby monitors and smart meters.

If your product will be stationary (fixed in place) at a specific location, the EME LN might not apply. Read our rules carefully.

Penalties

If you supply a product that does not comply with the EME LN, you might be committing an offence.

Penalties for breaching the Act include up to:

  • $270,000 for having or supplying a non-standard product (one that does not comply with the EME LN)
  • $18,000 for supplying a product that has no label, applying a label before complying with all EME LN rules, or not keeping records

Significant events

We may give you an exemption (waive your need to comply with some of our radiocommunications rules) for a ‘significant event’ in Australia.

An exemption means we do not investigate your product for a set time and in one place (for example, a stadium).

What counts as a significant event

The chair of the ACMA considers whether your event:

  • involves products we regulate
  • is a public event important to a state or the nation
  • goes for a short time
  • has media broadcasters from overseas
  • is at a set place in Australia
  • can prevent risks such as interference

We show current and future significant events.

How to get an exemption

As a supplier, you do not apply for an exemption.

You can bring your product into Australia, without first showing us it complies with our rules, if:

  • the chair of the ACMA decides your event is a significant event
  • you are an event official or organiser, media broadcaster or competitor
  • your product returns overseas straight after the event
  • it is not usually your business to supply products

Current and future significant events

 

Event Date*
Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park 10 to 16 March 2020

* This date includes time before and after the event to allow for equipment setup and removal.

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