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Transfer or trade your licence

If you don’t need your radio licence, you might be able to transfer or trade it.

Transfer or trade your licence

You may be allowed to transfer or trade your licence.

Traded means you sell your licence to someone else. Transferred means you give your licence to someone else.

Spectrum licences are usually traded.

Apparatus licences can also be traded. But they are usually transferred because:

  • they have a shorter licence period
  • we cannot guarantee we will renew them
  • they usually have a yearly licence fee

You must first get approval from us before you can transfer your apparatus licence. 

Rules to transfer an apparatus licence

The rules to transfer an apparatus licence are detailed in:

There are special rules for transferring a broadcasting licence.

Who you can transfer your licence to

You can only transfer your licence to a:

  • person
  • government
  • incorporated company

and they must:

  • have the right certifications
  • follow the rules in your licence
  • operate equipment at the location printed on the licence
  • be exempt from licence fees if you are exempt
  • be eligible for a concession if you are eligible

They may be able to apply to change the licence conditions.

We may allow or not allow the transfer.

How we make our decision

When we consider if we will approve a licence transfer, we look at:

  • how the new person plans to use radio devices under the licence
  • if they've had a licence cancelled in the past 2 years
  • if the transfer will affect other radio services
  • other relevant information

We make decisions on an individual basis.

What happens if we refuse the transfer

If we plan to refuse the transfer, we will write to you and the person you want to transfer it to.

You will both have time to give us more information that could improve your application.

If we still decide to refuse the transfer, we will write to you and tell you why.

You can appeal the decision.

Apply to transfer your apparatus licence

The transfer form must be signed by:

  • you
  • the person you are transferring to

You will need to pay a transfer charge.

If we allow the transfer, the licence will be valid until the original licence was due to expire. This is unless we cancel or suspend it.

Apply to transfer your apparatus licence(s) (R060).

Apply to change the licence conditions

If the person you want to transfer the licence to wants different licence conditions, you might be able to:

  • apply to change the licence conditions before you transfer the licence
  • transfer the licence and let the new person apply to change the licence conditions

This is a separate process with a separate fee.

We may not approve the changes.

Apply to change the licence conditions.

Apparatus licences of deceased persons

If you are an authorised representative of a deceased apparatus licensee and wish to transfer a licence, you should complete an Application for the transfer of the licence form and return it to us along with copies of the following documents:

  • the death certificate relating to the deceased licensee
  • the grant of probate (or equivalent) in respect of the deceased licensee’s estate
  • the will, or relevant extract of the will, if any, of the deceased licensee

We will review the application and associated documents and advise you whether the transfer has been approved.

Information about how we will deal with personal information contained in the application and associated documentation is set out in the ACMA’s privacy policy.

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