Remaking the Space Object Class Licence | ACMA

Remaking the Space Object Class Licence

Issue for comment 13/2015—21 April 2015

The consultation is now complete.


The ACMA received 12 submissions to the consultation. These are available below:

The ACMA has prepared a response paper to address the comments received as part of this consultation. It provides an analysis of the submissions to both IFC 13/2015 and IFC 19/2015 that were used in finalizing the work to make the Radiocommunications (Communication with Space Object) Class Licence 2015.


The ACMA is consulting on a proposal to revoke and remake the Radiocommunications (Communication with Space Object) Class Licence 1998 (the CSO class licence) and a proposal to make the Radiocommunications (Radionavigation-Satellite Service) Class Licence 2015 (the RNSS class licence).

The CSO class licence will sunset on 1 October 2015 unless it is revoked and remade before this date. In order to ensure that its ongoing effect is preserved, the ACMA is proposing to remake the CSO class licence with a number of amendments, including a proposal to excise the frequency bands of the radionavigation-satellite service into a new class licence.

The proposed amendments to the CSO class licence include:

  • removing the 1980–2010 and 2170–2200 MHz frequency ranges
  • amendments to the conditions associated with the operation of stations operating on a vessel
  • excising the frequency bands of the radionavigation-satellite service into a new class licence.

Australia is in the unique position that all regional and global RNSS systems provide some coverage to the Australian mainland and the density of systems offering RNSS radiocommunications is increasing.

The ACMA proposes to make the RNSS class licence to better facilitate the use of the RNSS in Australia as well as to make additional frequencies that are being brought into use by RNSS operators internationally available. The proposal also recommends that an alternative licensing regime apply to the operation of RNSS receivers in Australia given the density of deployment and the benefits it provides, not only economically, but to everyday life.

consultation paper provides further detail on the proposals.

A copy of the draft Radiocommunications (Communication with Space Object) Class Licence 2015 and draft Radiocommunications (Radionavigation-Satellite Service) Class Licence 2015 are also available.

Making a submission

The ACMA invites comments on the proposal to remake the Radiocommunications (Communication with Space Object) Class Licence 1998 on the basis that it is operating efficiently and effectively and make the Radiocommunications (Radionavigation-Satellite Service) Class Licence 2015. Submissions should be made:

By email:

By mail:            The Manager
                        Space and National Interest Planning Section
                        Spectrum Infrastructure Branch
                        Australian Communications and Media Authority
                        PO Box 78
                        Belconnen ACT 2616

The closing date for submissions is COB, Monday 29 June 2015.


Effective consultation

The ACMA is working to enhance the effectiveness of its stakeholder consultation processes, which are an important source of evidence for its regulatory development activities. To assist stakeholders in formulating submissions to its formal, written consultation processes, it has developed Effective consultation—a guide to making a submission. This guide provides information about the ACMA’s formal written public consultation processes and practical guidance on how to make a submission.

Publication of submissions

In general, the ACMA publishes all submissions it receives. The ACMA prefers to receive submissions that are not claimed to be confidential. However, the ACMA accepts that a submitter may sometimes wish to provide information in confidence. In these circumstances, submitters are asked to identify the material over which confidentiality is claimed and provide a written explanation for the claim.

The ACMA will consider each confidentiality claim on a case-by-case basis. If the ACMA accepts a claim, it will not publish the confidential information unless authorised or required by law to do so.

Release of submissions where authorised or required by law

Any submissions provided to the ACMA may be released under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (unless an exemption applies) or shared with other Commonwealth Government agencies under Part 7A of the Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005. The ACMA may also be required to release submissions for other reasons including for the purpose of parliamentary processes or where otherwise required by law (for example, under a court subpoena). While the ACMA seeks to consult submitters of confidential information before that information is provided to another party, the ACMA cannot guarantee that confidential information will not be released through these or other legal means.


The Privacy Act 1988 imposes obligations on the ACMA in relation to the collection, security, quality, access, use and disclosure of personal information. These obligations are detailed in the Australian Privacy Principles that apply to organisations and Australian Government agencies from 12 March 2014.

The ACMA may only collect personal information if it is reasonably necessary for, or directly related to, one or more of its functions or activities.

The purposes for which personal information is being collected (such as the names and contact details of submitters) are to:

  • contribute to the transparency of the consultation process by clarifying, where appropriate, whose views are represented by a submission
  • enable the ACMA to contact submitters where follow-up is required or to notify them of related matters (except where submitters indicate they do not wish to be notified of such matters).

The ACMA will not use the personal information collected for any other purpose, unless the submitter has provided their consent or the ACMA is otherwise permitted to do so under the Privacy Act.

Submissions in response to this paper are voluntary. As mentioned above, the ACMA generally publishes all submissions it receives, including any personal information in the submissions. If a submitter has made a confidentiality claim over personal information which the ACMA has accepted, the submission will be published without that information. The ACMA will not release the personal information unless authorised or required by law to do so.

If a submitter wishes to make a submission anonymously or use a pseudonym, they are asked to contact the ACMA to see whether it is practicable to do so in light of the subject matter of the consultation. If it is practicable, the ACMA will notify the submitter of any procedures that need to be followed and whether there are any other consequences of making a submission in that way. 

Further information on the Privacy Act and the ACMA’s privacy policy is available at The privacy policy contains details about how an individual may access personal information about them that is held by the ACMA, and seek the correction of such information. It also explains how an individual may complain about a breach of the Privacy Act and how the ACMA will deal with such a complaint.

Last updated: 15 March 2016