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Licences/Radiocommunications as amended, taking into account amendments up to Radiocommunications (Communication with Space Object) Class Licence Variation 2018 (No. 1)
Administered by: Communications and the Arts
Registered 20 Nov 2018
Start Date 28 Sep 2018

 

Radiocommunications (Communication with Space Object) Class Licence 2015

 

made under subsection 132(1) of the

Radiocommunications Act 1992

 

 

Compilation No. 1

Compilation date:                              28 September 2018

Includes amendments up to:            F2018L01364

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prepared by the Australian Communications and Media Authority, Melbourne.

 

 


About this compilation

 

This compilation

This is a compilation of the Radiocommunications (Communication with Space Object) Class Licence 2015 that shows the text of the law as amended and in force on 28 September 2018 (the compilation date).

The notes at the end of this compilation (the endnotes) include information about amending laws and the amendment history of provisions of the compiled law.

Uncommenced amendments

The effect of uncommenced amendments is not shown in the text of the compiled law.  Any uncommenced amendments affecting the law are accessible on the Federal Register of Legislation (www.legislation.gov.au).  The details of amendments made up to, but not commenced at, the compilation date are underlined in the endnotes.  For more information on any uncommenced amendments, see the series page on the Federal Register of Legislation for the compiled law.

Application, saving and transitional provisions for provisions and amendments

If the operation of a provision or amendment of the compiled law is affected by an application, saving or transitional provision that is not included in this compilation, details are included in the endnotes.

Modifications

If the compiled law is modified by another law, the compiled law operates as modified but the modification does not amend the text of the law.  Accordingly, this compilation does not show the text of the compiled law as modified.  For more information on any modifications, see the series page on the Federal Register of Legislation for the compiled law.

Self-repealing provisions

If a provision of the compiled law has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law, details are included in the endnotes.


1              Name of class licence

                This class licence is the Radiocommunications (Communication with Space Object) Class Licence 2015.

4              Interpretation

         (1)   In this class licence:

Act means the Radiocommunications Act 1992.

AMSA means the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) means the systems of requirements for ships contained in Chapter IV of SOLAS (the International Convention for the Safety of Life At Sea) and implemented in Australia through Marine Orders made under the Navigation Act 2012, as in force from time to time.

Note    For the current text of Chapter IV of SOLAS, see SOLAS, 1974, as amended, published by the IMO, available at www.imo.org. Marine Orders are legislative instruments available on ComLaw at http://www.comlaw.gov.au.

IMO means the International Maritime Organisation.

qualified operator means a person who:

(a)    holds a certificate of proficiency issued under section 121 of the Act; or

(b)   holds a qualification issued by AMSA; or 

(c)    holds an overseas qualification recognised by the ACMA or AMSA as an equivalent qualification.

Note   For further information on the qualifications recognised by the ACMA or AMSA refer to www.acma.gov.au and www.amsa.gov.au.

standard means a standard made under section 162 of the Act.

Note   For definitions of other expressions used in this class licence, see the Act and the Radiocommunications (Interpretation) Determination 2015. These include the following terms which are defined and have the meaning given to them by the Radiocommunications (Interpretation) Determination 2015:

·         apparatus licence

·         maritime ship station

·         space object

·         spectrum plan

·         station

         (2)   A reference in this class licence to:

(a)                  an instrument made under the Act; or

               (b)                 a Resolution adopted by the IMO;

                is a reference to the instrument or Resolution as in force from time to time.

         (3)   In this class licence, the range of numbers that identifies a frequency band is taken to include the higher, but not the lower, number.

Example    The 148 to 150.05 MHz frequency band is made up of radio frequencies that exceed 148 MHz but do not exceed 150.05 MHz.

5              Class licence

         (1)   This class licence authorises a person to operate a station to which this class licence applies for the purpose of communications with:

                (a)    a station on a space object which is authorised by a space or space receive apparatus licence; or

               (b)    another station through a station on a space object which is authorised by a space or space receive apparatus licence;

subject to the conditions set out in sections 6, 7 and 8.   

         (2)   This class licence applies to all stations except:

                (a)                stations located on a space object; and

               (b)                stations authorised by an apparatus licence to operate for a purpose that is substantially the same as the purpose authorised by this class licence.

6              Authorised frequencies

                This class licence authorises transmission or reception of radio emissions by a station operating under this class licence in the following frequency ranges only:

  (a)    for transmission:

(i)           148 to 150.05 MHz; or

(ia)    399.9 to 400.05 MHz; or

(ii)         1610 to 1660.5 MHz; or

(iii)       14 to 14.5 GHz; or

(iv)       28.5 to 29.1 GHz; or

(v)         29.5 to 30 GHz.

  (b)    for reception:

(i)            137 to 138 MHz; or

(ii)          400.05 to 400.15 MHz; or

(iii)        400.15 to 401 MHz; or

(iv)        1525 to 1559 MHz; or

(v)          1613.8 to 1626.5 MHz; or

(vi)        2483.5 to 2500 MHz; or

(vii)      11.7 to 12.75 GHz; or

(viii)    17.7 to 18.2 GHz; or

(ix)        18.8 to 19.3 GHz; or

(x)          19.7 to 20.2 GHz.

7              Standards and Resolutions

(1)  A person must not operate a station under this class licence unless the station complies with any standard applicable to the station as in force:

                (a)    if the station was manufactured in Australia – on the day it was manufactured;

               (b)    if the station was manufactured overseas and imported – on the day it was imported;

                (c)    if the station was altered or modified in a material respect – on the day it was altered or modified.

         (2)   A person must not operate a maritime ship station in the GMDSS under this class licence unless:

(a)   the person is a qualified operator; and

(b)   the station complies with the Resolutions of the IMO relating to such maritime ship stations;

Note:   The Maritime Design and Installation Guidelines as published by Inmarsat from time to time define the Resolutions of the IMO applicable to Inmarsat equipment operating within the GMDSS. These guidelines are available at www.inmarsat.com. Resolutions of the IMO are available at www.imo.org.

8              Interference with other stations

         (1)   This class licence authorises operation of a station only when its operation does not interfere with the operation of a radiocommunications receiver.

         (2)   This class licence authorises operation of a station in the frequency range of 1610 to 1626.5 MHz within 20 kilometres of a radio astronomy observatory mentioned in footnote AUS87 of the spectrum plan, only if:

(a)   the operator of the station has sought advice from the operator of the radio astronomy observatory about when it may operate the station; and

(b)   the station is operated during periods consistently with the advice from the radio astronomy observatory.

         (3)   This class licence does not authorise operation of a station in the frequency range of 1660 to 1660.5 MHz when the station:

(a)   is within 500 kilometres of a radio astronomy observatory mentioned in footnote AUS87 of the spectrum plan; or

                (b)    is in an airborne aircraft.

Note:    A radiocommunications device to which this class licence applies will not be afforded protection from the interference caused by other radiocommunications services.

 

 


 

Endnotes

Endnote 1 – About the endnotes

The endnotes provide information about this compilation and the compiled law.

Endnote 2 (Abbreviation key) sets out abbreviations that may be used in the endnotes.

Endnote 3 (Legislation history) provides information about each law that has amended (or will amend) the compiled law.  The information includes commencement details for amending laws and details of any application, saving or transitional provisions that are not included in this compilation.

Endnote 4 (Amendment history) provides information about the amendments at the provision (generally section or equivalent) level and includes information about any provision of the compiled law that has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law. 

It also includes information about any misdescribed amendment (that is, an amendment that does not accurately describe the amendment to be made).  If, despite the misdescription, the amendment can be given effect as intended, the amendment is incorporated into the compiled law and the abbreviation “(md)” added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.  If a misdescribed amendment cannot be given effect as intended, the abbreviation “(md not incorp)” is added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

ad = added or inserted

rep = repealed

am = amended

rs = repealed and substituted

amdt = amendment

s = section(s)/subsection(s)

LA = Legislation Act 2003

 

 


Endnote 3—Legislation history

 

Name

Registration

Commencement

Application, saving and transitional provisions

Radiocommunications (Communication with Space Object) Class Licence 2015

23 September 2015
F2015L01486

24 September 2015

 

Radiocommunications (Communication with Space Object) Class Licence Variation 2018 (No. 1

27 September 2018
F2018L01364

28 September 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Endnote 4—Amendment history

 

Provision affected

How affected

s 2.............................................

Rep LA s 48D

s 3.............................................

Rep LA s 48C

s 6.............................................

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