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Administered by: Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
Published Date 19 Feb 2020

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 RADIOCOMMUNICATIONS LICENCE CONDITIONS (AMATEUR LICENCE) OMNIBUS AMENDMENT INSTRUMENT 2020 (NO. 1)

 

Notice is given under section 136 of the Radiocommunications Act 1992 (the Act) that the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) proposes to vary the Radiocommunications (Overseas Amateurs Visiting Australia) Class Licence 2015 (the Overseas Class Licence) by making the draft Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Amateur Licence) Omnibus Amendment Instrument 2020 (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 varying the Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Amateur Licence) Determination 2015 (the Amateur Licence LCD) and varying the Overseas Class Licence.

 

Proposed changes in relation to the 3.4 GHz band 

 

The Overseas Class Licence authorises certain persons visiting Australia to operate amateur stations while in Australia, provided they meet the conditions set out in the Overseas Class Licence. 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.

 

Currently, the Amateur Licence LCD and the Overseas Amateurs Class Licence authorise amateur licensees holding an advanced qualification and overseas amateurs holding equivalent qualifications, to use the 3400–3575 MHz band on a ‘no interference and no protection’ basis and subject to certain limitations.

 

In November 2018, the ACMA released the Optimising arrangements for the 3400-3575 MHz band Planning decisions and preliminary views paper. This paper sets out the ACMA’s decisions regarding optimisation of the 3400–3575 MHz band, including the areas and frequencies that may be subject to spectrum licensing in the band.

 

The draft Instrument proposes to amend the Amateur Licence LCD and Overseas Class Licence to remove access to the 3400–3575 MHz band within areas.

 

Copies of the Amateur LCD, the Overseas 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).  Hardcopies may be obtained from the ACMA by contacting:

 

 

The Manager

Spectrum Licensing Policy

Australian Communications and Media Authority

PO Box 78

Belconnen ACT 2616 

 

Telephone:       (03) 9963 6756

Email:              SLPSConsultations@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 Class Licence. While not required under section 136, the ACMA also welcomes any comments on the 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 20 March 2020. 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:

SLPSConsultations@acma.gov.au