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Technical standards

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

Our rules include our technical standards, labelling notices and equipment rules.

Report a product if you suspect it does not comply with our standards.

Standards we set

To regulate products, we make technical standards under: 

and equipment rules under:

subsection 156(1) of the Radiocommunications Act 1992.

Our technical standards are the:

Our technical standards generally refer to industry standards such as:

Changes to standards

When we change or introduce a standard, there is a transition period.

Transition periods are set out in our labelling notices and standards.

During the transition period, both the old (no longer in force) and new (in force) standard apply. If you supply a new product, you may choose to comply with either the old or new standard.

Products that comply with an old standard

You might have tested your product to a standard that is now old.

If the old standard was current when you signed a declaration of conformity, you:

  • may still apply a label
  • do not have to retest your product to the new standard.

This is called 'grandfathering'.

Grandfathering does not apply if:

Telecommunications standards

We make technical standards for customer equipment and customer cabling.

Our standards refer to industry standards in full.

You can get industry standards from a Standards Australia distributor listed on the Standards Australia website.

Find our standards in Schedule 1 of the Telecommunications (Labelling Notice for Customer Equipment and Customer Cabling) Instrument 2015 (TLN).

 

Radiocommunications standards

We make technical standards for transmitters and receivers.

The Radiocommunications Act 1992 (the Act) was amended by the Radiocommunications Legislation Amendment (Reform and Modernisation) Act 2020.

As part of these amendments, provisions relating to standards, labelling notices, permits and permissions were replaced with a broader power for the ACMA to make equipment rules.

The Radiocommunications Equipment (General) Rules 2021 (the General Equipment Rules) give us more flexibility and options to regulate equipment and the supply of equipment.

Existing standards will be kept and will be treated like equipment rules made under the new provisions. Find out more about the General Equipment Rules.

Our standards generally refer to industry standards for technical performance (for example, limits and test methods). They may:

  • refer to an industry standard in full
  • vary the industry standard (for example, add rules that are not in the industry standard).

It is important you read our standards and the industry standards. This will help you identify all our rules for your product.

Find our standards in Schedule 2 of the Radiocommunications Devices (Compliance Labelling—Devices) Notice 2014 (RLN).

You can get copies of:

  • Australian and New Zealand standards from a Standards Australia distributor listed on the Standards Australia website
  • Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB) standards from ARIB
  • European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) standards from ETSI.
 

Electromagnetic compatibility standards

We make technical standards for electrical and electronic products.

Our Radiocommunications (Electromagnetic Compatibility) Standard 2017 refers to our list of electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) standards.

Our standards are in 2 parts:

Part 1 has general standards for emissions. 

G1 standards are for products that customers likely use in a residential, commercial or light industrial (for example, a small brewery) place.

G2 standards are for products that customers likely use in an industrial place.

Part 2 groups products and lists the standards for them. 

Your product might match more than one standard. Choose the standard that best matches the main purpose of your product.

If your product does not fit into any of the groups, choose one of the general standards in Part 1.

Human exposure standards

We make the Radiocommunications (Electromagnetic Radiation-Human Exposure) Standard 2014 (human exposure standard) for radio transmitters with an integral antenna.

Check the standard for whether it applies to your product.

Generally, you can assume your product must comply with our standard if it is a:

  • mobile telephone
  • baby monitor
  • cordless telephone
  • smart meter.

Parental lock standards

Our Broadcasting Services (Parental Lock) Technical Standard 2020 (parental lock standard) is the only standard in Australia that sets the rules for parental lock.

Parental lock is a feature of digital TV receivers. It allows you to control access to programs based on their classification (for example, G, PG, M or MA).

Parents and guardians use parental lock to protect their children from inappropriate or harmful TV content.

Generally, you can assume your product must comply with our standard if it is:

  • an integrated digital TV
  • a digital TV set-top box
  • a personal video recorder
  • a distribution device (used for connected TVs in apartment buildings, hospitals, nursing homes).

Check sections 8, 9 and 10 of our standard to see if it applies to your product.

The parental lock standard has no labelling or record-keeping rules, unlike for our other standards.

Penalties

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

Penalties for breaching the Act can reach up to $165,000.

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