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ACMA seeks comment on draft legislative instruments for the digital dividend auction

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'The ACMA has extended the closing date for making submissions on the draft legislative instruments to close of business Monday 14 May 2012. Please see below under 'written submissions' the details about how to make a submission'.

The ACMA is inviting comments on its draft legislative instruments for the digital dividend auction. The ACMA is preparing to hold the digital dividend auction in 2012-13, where it will reallocate parts of the 700 MHz and 2.5 GHz bands by issuing spectrum licences.

Once finalised, the legislative instruments (referred to as the allocation instruments) will provide the legal basis for the auction. The allocation instruments describe the products being offered in the auction and set the rules and procedures that will govern the auction process for the allocation of spectrum.

The ACMA has also prepared the technical instruments, which provide the technical rules for the operation of radiocommunications devices in the spectrum-licensed band.

The allocation instruments are:

  • two marketing plans (one for the 700 MHz band and one for the 2.5 GHz band), to be made under section 39A of the Radiocommunications Act 1992 (the Act)
  • an allocation determination, to be made under section 60 of the Act.

The technical instruments include:

  • an unacceptable interference determination (made under section 145 of the Act) for each band
  • radiocommunications advisory guidelines (made under section 262 of the Act) for each band.

An information paper has been prepared to explain the draft instruments and provide context to assist interested parties in making a submission. The information paper and draft instruments are available here.

The ACMA will also be hosting a webinar on Tuesday 24 April 2012 to give stakeholders an opportunity to ask questions about the draft instruments. Further information on the webinar will be announced shortly.

Written submissions
Submissions to this discussion paper may be made to the ACMA as follows:

By email:
By mail:
Manager, Major Spectrum Allocations Section
The Australian Communications and Media Authority
PO Box 13112 Law Courts
Melbourne Vic 8010

The closing date for submissions is Monday 14 May 2012.

Electronic submissions in Microsoft Word or rich text format are preferred.

If you have any questions, please contact Anna Cheung on (03) 9963 6837 or email

Last updated: 02 May 2017