AUSTRALIAN COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA AUTHORITY (ACMA)
The ACMA's role in amateur radio
The ACMA supports the amateur hobby through spectrum planning and radiocommunications licensing arrangements, which allow amateur access to certain frequency bands, while balancing other demands for spectrum.
The ACMA manage amateur use of the radiofrequency spectrum in accordance with the Radiocommunications Act 1992, consistent with the applicable ITU Radio Regulations.
The ACMA are responsible for:
> implementing relevant ITU Radio Regulations > allocating spectrum for amateur radio > making regulations that place technical and operational conditions on amateur stations > issuing and renewing amateur licences.
Regulations applying to amateur radio
Check these key regulations for information about:
> standard requirements applying to all amateur licensees—Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Amateur Licence) Determination 2015 (the LCD) > requirements (including for electro-magnetic energy (EME)) applying to all apparatus licences—Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Apparatus Licence) Determination 2015 Top tips for amateurs > using your amateur radio when visiting Australia—Radiocommunications (Overseas Amateurs Visiting Australia) Class Licence 2015 > qualifcations required to operate a transmitter under an amateur licence— Radiocommunications (Qualifed Operators) Determination 2016.
Individual licences may also contain extra technical and operating conditions.
Australian Maritime College (AMC)
The ACMA has entered into an arrangement with the Australian Maritime College (AMC) at the University of Tasmania to provide amateur radio examination and call sign allocation services. As part of this arrangement, the ACMA have delegated certain ACMA functions to the AMC.
The AMC is responsible for:
> conducting amateur radio operator exams > working with authorised amateur radio assessors who supervise exams > issuing certifcates of profciency that certify qualifcations > managing the allocation of call signs and recommending that the ACMA allocate a nominated call sign to an amateur who has obtained a qualifcation > maintaining a register of publicly available call signs.
1. Australian Communications & Media Authority, 2020, 'Amateur Radio. Regulatory roles and responsibilities'.