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Radiocommunications compliance laboratory

General information

The ACMA's Melbourne Radiocommunications Compliance Laboratory is accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA). The laboratory conducts quality equipment testing traceable to national references. All test reports produced are of an international standard.

Fees and charges

The Laboratory's fees and charges for testing to Radiocommunications Standards, Australian Standards, Ministerial Standards and Specifications are detailed in the Radiocommunication (Charges) Determination. Fees and charges for testing to other Standards and Specifications not specifically addressed in the determination are assessed on a case by case basis at an hourly rate.

Measurement capability

The laboratory's measurement capability within which tests are undertaken in accordance with the appropriate standard or specification are detailed below. Where no such directions or procedures exist, tests are conducted in accordance with the Laboratory Test Manual.

Frequency 10 Hz to 26.5 GHz  
RF Power 100 pW to 300 Watts 100 kHz to 26.5 GHz

-20dBm to +55dBm

100 kHz to 8.5 GHz


-70 dBm to +50dBm

8.5 GHz to 18 GHz


-70dBm to +36dBm

10 MHz to 26.5 GHz

Modulation Characteristics Amplitude, Angle, Phase Frequency, Time and

Modulation Domains

Occupied Bandwidths 100 Hz to 10 GHz 100 Hz to 26.5 GHz.
Transmitter Spurious Outputs > - 90 dBc 100 Hz to 26.5 GHz
Receiver Spurious Outputs > - 90 dBm 100 Hz to 26.5 GHz
Transient Performance of Devices > 1 S 100 Hz to 26.5 GHz
Receiver Sensitivity > - 130 dBm 10 kHz to 5.4 GHz
Receiver Selectivity < 90 dB 100 kHz to 1 GHz
Receiver Intermodulation Immunity < 90 dB 100 kHz to 1 GHz
Receiver Blocking < 100 dB 100 kHz to 1 GHz
Receiver Spurious Responses < 90 dB 10 kHz to 26.5 GHz
Controlled Environment Testing Temperature - 20o C to + 100o C
Humidity 20% to 95%    

Specific information about testing individual radiocommunications devices is detailed in the information papers below:

From 1 July 2017, the ACMA will no longer be conducting testing of radiocommunications devices where no equipment performance requirements are specified (Spectrum Impact Assessments), and Spectrum Impact Assessments are not required for licencing purposes.

Information on technical requirements required to be met for licencing purposes can be found in the Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Land Mobile Licence) Determination 2015.

In addition, equipment performance assumptions for system models used in frequency coordination requirements can be found in Radiocommunications Assignment and Licensing Instruction (RALI) LM08: Frequency Assignment Requirements for the Land Mobile Service

More detailed information can be found in spectrum planning report SPP 08/2014: Derivation of 400 MHz band land mobile frequency distance constraints used in RALI LM8.

Measurement uncertainty

As with all NATA accredited laboratories, test reports have a margin of uncertainty applied to each measurement. This margin of uncertainty is the statistical aggregate of test equipment and procedural uncertainties. In determining the compliance of a level 3 device, the final results of all testing shall have uncertainties applied in the following manner:

  • Should a test measurement and its uncertainty range fall within the test limit the test result is taken as a clear pass.
  • Should a test measurement and its uncertainty range fall outside of the test limit the test result is taken as a clear fail.
  • Should a test measurement and its uncertainty range straddle the test limit the test result is recorded as uncertain. That is, it is impossible to declare a clear pass so the device is deemed to be non-compliant.

[If an uncertain result is obtained by normal testing, the test is repeated using an alternative and more accurate test method if one is available.]

The ACMA Radiocommunications Compliance Laboratory margins of uncertainty for both normal test methods and where they exist, alternative test methods are listed in the test report.

Further information

The ACMA's radiocommunications standards compliance and labelling arrangements define three levels of evidence for demonstrating compliance. Each level has specific requirements for showing compliance with relevant standards and is based on the risk of interference that may be expected from a particular piece of radiocommunications equipment.

The compliance folder for a compliance level 3 device must contain a test report from a recognised testing laboratory.

The ACMA Radiocommunications Compliance Testing Laboratory is capable of performing tests to radiocommunications standards, Australian Standards, Ministerial Standards and other standards/specifications for compliance level 3 devices.

Alternatively, a test report from an overseas testing laboratory is acceptable for verifying compliance of the radiocommunications product with the relevant mandatory standard, provided that the laboratory is accredited for radiocommunications testing by a body that has a mutual recognition agreement with NATA.


ACMA’s Radiocommunications Compliance Laboratory
Telephone: (03) 9963 6800
International: +613 9963 6800
Facsimile: (03) 9963 6899
International: +613 9963 6899

Last updated: 03 November 2017