Proposed changes to the Spectrum Licence Tax | ACMA

Proposed changes to the Spectrum Licence Tax

Consultation closes: 17 April 2018

IFC: 4/2018

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Consultation paper:
Proposed Amendments to the Radiocommunications (Spectrum Licence Tax) Determination 2014

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Draft Radiocommunications (Spectrum Licence Tax) Amendment Determination 2018 (No. 1)

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The ACMA proposes to make the Radiocommunications (Spectrum Licence Tax) Amendment Determination 2018 (No. 1). A draft of the proposed Radiocommunications (Spectrum Licence Tax) Amendment Determination 2018 (No.1) is available from the Downloads table above.

In summary, the ACMA proposes to:

  • Adjust the base amounts used in the calculation of indirect costs—the last update in 2014 was based on 2010–11 indirect costs, whereas we are seeking to update the calculation to reflect 2016–17 indirect costs and the apparatus licence taxes that will apply as at 5 April 2018.
  • Update to reflect changes in Census information—when the ACMA last updated the spectrum licence tax in 2014, we indicated we would update the tax when new Census population data became available. In June 2017, the Australian Bureau of Statistics released new population data based on the 2016 Census. The SLT Determination currently refers to the 2011 Census in the definitions of Australian population and area population, which is used to determine spectrum licence tax amounts.
  • Remove from the calculation some spectrum bands that are no longer spectrum licensed and which have reverted to apparatus licensing—namely the 1900–1920 MHz and the 26.5–27.5 GHz bands.

Issue for comment

Opportunity to provide feedback
The ACMA welcomes comments from stakeholders on the proposed changes to the spectrum licence tax determination.