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Use the coverage data field on a spectrum access

This business operating procedure helps accredited persons provide the right coverage information. We use this to assess eligibility for the ‘low power service’ fee discount.

About the fee discount for low power service

The Radiocommunications (Transmitter Licence Tax) Determination 2003 (No. 2) allows us to reduce the tax for certain types of transmitter licence. For eligible licences and spectrum bands, the conditions are:

  • the radiated power level (EIRP) of the device authorised under the licence is less than 8.3 watts
  • the service is for communications within a radius of no more than 2km from the centre of operations

Completing the coverage data field

On a spectrum access, the coverage data field shows the coverage a service is expected to provide. The 4 options in this field are:

  • sub-local
  • local
  • regional
  • Australia-wide


Use 'sub-local' for communications within a radius of no more than 2km from the centre of operations.

Use 'local' for communications beyond the 2km radius of sub-local services.

Use 'regional' for a land mobile licence covering a large area that is not Australia wide.

Use 'Australia-wide' for a space service providing coverage to the whole of Australia.

VHF/UHF bands

The EIRP of the device determines whether coverage is 'local' or 'sub-local' for:

  • an ambulatory station, ambulatory system or land mobile system in the VHF/UHF bands
  • point-to-multipoint (land mobile spectrum) or point-to-multipoint service in the VHF/UHF bands

Select 'sub-local' if the device EIRP is 8.3 watts or less.

Select 'local' if the device EIRP exceeds 8.3 watts.

These terms are consistent with the service models we used in planning: RALI LM08 and RALI FX16.


Who to contact with questions


The Business Operating Procedure Disclaimer applies to this process.

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