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Administered by: Communications and the Arts
Published Date 02 Jul 2019

 

Commonwealth of Australia

 

AUSTRALIAN COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA AUTHORITY

 

Radiocommunications Act 1992

 

Notice under section 136 of the Radiocommunications Act 1992

 

NOTIFICATION OF PROPOSAL TO VARY THE RADIOCOMMUNICATIONS (OVERSEAS AMATEURS VISITING AUSTRALIA) CLASS LICENCE 2015 BY MAKING THE DRAFT RADIOCOMMUNICATIONS LICENCE CONDITIONS (AMATEUR LICENCE) OMNIBUS AMENDMENT INSTRUMENT 2019 (NO.1)

 

Notice is given under section 136 of the Radiocommunications Act 1992 (the Act) that the ACMA proposes to vary the Radiocommunications (Overseas Amateurs Visiting Australia) Class Licence 2015 by making the draft Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Amateur Licence) Omnibus Amendment Instrument 2019 (No.1) (the draft Instrument) under paragraph 107(1)(f) and section 132 of the Act. The draft Instrument proposes to amend existing arrangements for amateur licensees by amending the Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Amateur Licence) Determination 2015 (the Amateur Licence LCD) and varying the Radiocommunications (Overseas Amateurs Visiting Australia) Class Licence 2015 (the Overseas Amateurs Class Licence).

 

Proposed changes 

The Overseas Amateurs Class Licence authorises certain persons visiting Australia to operate amateur stations while in Australia, provided they meet conditions. The conditions that apply to overseas amateurs are similar to those set out in the Amateur Licence LCD that apply to licenced amateurs operating within Australia. This notice therefore discusses the changes that will be made to both the Overseas Amateurs Class Licence and the Amateur Licence LCD.

 

3.6 GHz band changes

Currently, the Amateur Licence LCD and the Overseas Amateurs Class Licence authorise amateur licensees holding an advanced qualification, or overseas amateurs holding equivalent qualifications, to use the 3575–3600 MHz band on a ‘no interference and no protection’ basis. In March 2018, the then Minister for Communications made three re-allocation declarations, declaring this band in particular geographic areas to be subject to re-allocation by issuing spectrum licences. Consequently, this band has been allocated for spectrum licensing in these designated areas.

 

The draft Instrument proposes to amend the Amateur Licence LCD and Overseas Amateurs Class Licence to remove access to the 3.6 GHz band within areas designated for spectrum licensing from the permitted frequencies that may be used by certain amateur licensees and visiting overseas amateurs.

 

Changes related to the review of Amateur licence conditions

The ACMA has reviewed the licence conditions contained in the Amateur Licence LCD and the Overseas Amateurs Class Licence, in response to requests for changes from amateur licensees.

 

The draft Instrument proposes to amend the Amateur Licence LCD and Overseas Amateurs Class Licence to:

 

·         Allow the use of digital transmission modes and remove the restriction on emission modes for Amateur Foundation stations

·         Relax the permitted bandwidths for licensees of all Amateur stations

·         Remove restrictions specific to the operation of Amateur Foundation stations by licensees.

Copies of the Amateur LCD, the Overseas Amateur Class Licence, the draft Instrument, and the consultation paper explaining the proposed amendments in more detail are available on the ACMA’s website (www.acma.gov.au) and hardcopies may be obtained from the ACMA by contacting:

The Manager

Spectrum Licensing Policy Section

Spectrum Allocations Branch

Australian Communications and Media Authority

PO Box 78

Belconnen ACT 2616 

 

Telephone:       (03) 9963 6756

Email:              SpectrumLicensingPolicy@acma.gov.au

 

Comments

Under section 136 of the Act, the ACMA is seeking representations about the proposal to make the draft Instrument, varying the Overseas Amateurs Class Licence. The ACMA also welcomes any comments on the proposed variations to the Amateur LCD proposed to be made by the same draft Instrument.

 

Interested persons are invited to make representations about the proposed variation no later than 9 August 2019. Representations should be in writing and should be addressed to:

 

The Manager

Spectrum Licensing Policy Section

Australian Communications and Media Authority

PO BOX 78

BELCONNEN ACT 2616


or by email to:

SpectrumLicensingPolicy@acma.gov.au