Priority compliance areas 2017–18 | ACMA

Priority compliance areas 2017–18

Each year, the ACMA sets a priority compliance area (PCA) program, which takes a strategic approach to combating high-risk compliance issues in a coordinated manner.

In 2017–18, our PCA program will focus on three areas:

  1. Interference management

  2. Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

  3. Mobile handset compliance.

How are the PCAs decided?

We set our PCAs for technical compliance after gathering intelligence about compliance issues and assessing the level of risk. Through this analysis, we identify systemic compliance issues requiring a robust compliance response. This approach enables us to effectively focus our resources on higher risk issues, while continuing to monitor and appropriately respond to lower level matters.

Development of the PCAs for 2017–18 was informed by the Shaping our technical priorities tune-up, held on 15 March 2017. This tune-up gave industry representatives and other stakeholders the opportunity to contribute to the PCA discussion and the development of future priorities.

Stakeholder engagement is becoming a cornerstone of the PCA program and we’ll continue to encourage a meaningful dialogue between government and industry in order to improve compliance.

The specific activities implemented for each PCA depend on the issue and appropriate compliance response. These can include non-regulatory measures (like education and awareness) as well as regulatory measures (such as auditing, field monitoring and enforcement). Tailoring our approach enables us to extend our regulatory reach in an efficient, effective and targeted way.

Read about the 2016–17 PCAs.

Read about the 2015–16 PCAs.

What will each PCA focus on?

Interference management

This ongoing project will continue to progress the development of an Interference Management Framework, which will ultimately provide updated procedural guidance for licensees to use when making interference complaints to the ACMA.

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

The Commonwealth Games will be held on the Gold Coast from 4 to 15 April 2018. The ACMA will provide spectrum planning, frequency coordination, licensing and interference management services to support the event. Extensive preparation and planning began some months ago and will accelerate to ensure the ACMA delivers and implements these services.

Supporting this event is a high priority for the ACMA in 2017–18. Analysis and assessment of interference and compliance risks suggest that in the lead-up to the games, the ACMA will need to apply substantial resources to a range of proactive compliance activities.

Mobile handset compliance program

The mobile handset compliance program will be a highly focused technical standards audit program. The ACMA is conducting the program to refresh its information base rather than in response to any particular evidence of non-compliance. The methodology utilised will closely follow previous compliance audit programs of mobile transmitters, WiFi and related devices.

Want to stay informed?

  • For regular updates on compliance issues, follow @acma_operations on Twitter or subscribe to the engage e-bulletin.
  • Find out more about the PCA program, including a list of past compliance areas such as radiocommunications transmitter licensing, illegal mobile phone repeaters and LED lighting compliance.
  • Check out the presentation from our recent Radiocommunications compliance: Shaping our priorities 2018–19 spectrum tune-ups, where we outlined our current PCAs and outcomes, before discussing our proposed PCAs for 2018–19. We’ll be finalising the 2018–19 PCAs soon, so stay tuned for more information.


Last updated: 01 May 2018