Apparatus licence conditions | ACMA

Apparatus licence conditions

The operation of radiocommunications equipment authorised by an apparatus licence is subject to conditions specified:

  • in the Radiocommunications Act 1992 (the Act), including an obligation to comply with the Act;
  • in any determination made by the ACMA under paragraph 107(1)(f) of the Act;
  • in the licence;
  • by the ACMA under section 111 of the Act; and
  • by apparatus licence standards and equipment standards.

Conditions are applied to licences to enable users to communicate effectively with a minimum of interference. Conditions must be complied with.

Licence Conditions Determinations

The ACMA may impose specific conditions on apparatus licences known as Licence Conditions Determinations (LCDs). These conditions may change from time to time, so a licensee needs to check regularly to see if and how they have changed.

The only LCD applying to space systems is the Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Apparatus Licence) Determination 2015, which contains licence conditions that are common to all apparatus licences.

Special conditions

Any other conditions of operation that apply to an individual licence but which are not included in an LCD are printed on the licence under the heading Special Conditions.

An accredited person may ask the ACMA to impose one or more conditions on the licence according to the circumstances in which the frequency assignments for the licence are made.

Advisory notes

Advisory notes provide information about the licence that may be of interest to a licensee.

An accredited person may ask the ACMA to impose one or more advisory notes on the licence according to the circumstances in which the frequency assignments for the licence are made.

Duration

Apparatus licences may be issued for periods varying from one day to up to five years. The most common period is one year.

Transfers

If you hold an apparatus licence you may subsequently transfer it. To do so you need to complete an Application for Transfer of Apparatus Licence(s) (R060) form and submit it to the ACMA. The transferer and transferee must sign the form. A transfer charge is payable to cover the ACMA's administrative expenses.

  • The apparatus authorised by that licence still needs to operate under the same technical conditions specified on the original licence.
  • Licences issued on the basis of a fee exemption or concession cannot be transferred, except to a party who is eligible for the same exemption or concession.
Third party authorisations

Under section 114 of the Radiocommunications Act 1992, subject to specified conditions, a licence holder may authorise, in writing other persons to operate an apparatus under the same licence. Authorised third parties are still subject to all of the conditions applicable to that device under the licence.

Last updated: 26 October 2017