Changes to amateur equivalent qualifications | ACMA

Changes to amateur equivalent qualifications

Consultation closes: 15 June 2017

IFC: 7/2017 Amateur Radio and hand

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Outcome
The US General Class Operator licence is now regarded as equivalent to the Australian Standard Amateur licence, and not equivalent to the Australian Advanced Amateur licence. These changes are due to changes to the US license structure which resulted in a misalignment between Australian and USA equivalent qualifications. These changes are reflected in the Tables of Equivalent Qualifications and Licences which lists Australian equivalents to overseas amateur qualifications.

Submissions
The ACMA received two submissions to this consultation. These can be accessed from the right hand side index box.

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Submission to make change to the Foreign License Entitling Exemption (Reciprocal Licensing Arrangements) Table

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Summary

Following a submission from the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA), the ACMA is reviewing the equivalence of a US general class operator qualification or licence, to an Australian advanced amateur certificate of proficiency or licence.

The US general class operator qualification/licence is currently listed in the Tables of Equivalent Qualifications and Licences on the ACMA’s website. Including this qualification/licence means that:

  • an applicant may apply to the WIA for a related call sign
  • an applicant may apply to the ACMA for a related licence
  • a person may be a qualified person for the purposes of operating an amateur station in accordance with the Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Amateur Licence) Determination 2015.

Depending on the outcomes of this review, some applications made on the basis of the equivalence of a US general class operator qualification/licence to an Australian advanced amateur certificate of proficiency/licence may be affected. These are:

  • applications to the ACMA for advanced amateur licences, or for transfers of such licences
  • applications to the WIA for amateur certificates of proficiency or callsign recommendations.

The WIA’s submission proposes that the US general class operator qualification should not be considered equivalent to the Australian advanced amateur certificate of proficiency.

Issues for comment

The ACMA welcomes responses from stakeholders, including reasoning on:

Issue 1

Whether the US general class operator qualification / licence should be considered equivalent to the Australian advanced amateur certificate of proficiency / licence.

Issue 2

If not, whether the US general class operator qualification / licence should be considered equivalent to the Australian standard or foundation amateur certificate of proficiency licence.