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This declaration has the effect of re-allocating the part of the spectrum from 3575 MHz to 3700 MHz for spectrum licensing in Adelaide and eastern metropolitan Australia. The re-allocation period for the declaration will commence 21 days after the declaration commences, and will run for a period of 2 years, during which incumbent apparatus licences can co-exist with any newly issued spectrum licences.
Administered by: Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts
Exempt from sunsetting by the Legislation (Exemptions and Other Matters) Regulation 2015 s12 item 55
Registered 08 Mar 2018
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled Senate19-Mar-2018
Tabled HR26-Mar-2018

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Radiocommunications (Spectrum Re‑allocation—3.6 GHz Band for Adelaide and Eastern Metropolitan Australia) Declaration 2018


Radiocommunications Act 1992



I, MITCH FIFIELD, Minister for Communications, having had regard to a recommendation given to me by the Australian Communications and Media Authority under subsection 153F(1) of the Radiocommunications Act 1992, make the following declaration.

Dated 5 March 2018


Minister for Communications


1  Name

                   This is the Radiocommunications (Spectrum Re-allocation—3.6 GHz Band for Adelaide and Eastern Metropolitan Australia) Declaration 2018.

2  Commencement

                   This instrument commences on the day after it is registered.

3  Authority

                   This instrument is made under subsection 153B(1) of the Radiocommunications Act 1992.

4  Interpretation

Note 1:       A number of expressions used in this instrument are defined in the Act, including the following:

(a)    ACMA;

(b)    re-allocation deadline;

(c)    re-allocation period;

(d)    spectrum;

(e)    spectrum licence;

(f)    spectrum re-allocation declaration.

Note 2:       See also section 5, in relation to re-allocation deadline and re-allocation period.

             (1)  In this instrument:

Act means the Radiocommunications Act 1992.

Hierarchical Cell Identification Scheme or HCIS means the Hierarchical Cell Identification Scheme used as part of the Australian Spectrum Map Grid 2012 document published by the ACMA on its website, as the document existed at the time this instrument was made.

             (2)  In this instrument, a reference to a part of the spectrum includes all frequencies that are greater than the lower frequency, up to and including the higher frequency.

5  Spectrum re-allocation

             (1)  The part of the spectrum from 3575 MHz to 3700 MHz is subject to re‑allocation under Part 3.6 of the Act:

                     (a)  by issuing spectrum licences under Subdivision B of Division 1 of Part 3.2 of the Act (see section 153L of the Act); and

                     (b)  with respect to each of the named areas in the table in subsection (3).

             (2)  For this spectrum re-allocation declaration:

                     (a)  the re-allocation period is the period of 2 years beginning at the start of the 21st day after this instrument commences; and

                     (b)  the re-allocation deadline is the end of the day before the first anniversary of the start of the re-allocation period.

             (3)  An area (named area) referred to in column 1 in the following table is to be ascertained as the composite of the areas, described using identifiers from the Hierarchical Cell Identification Scheme, set out in column 2.

Note 1:       The HCIS is a naming convention for areas on the Australian Spectrum Map Grid 2012 (ASMG), which is a system used by the ACMA to define geographic areas for radiocommunications licensing. A document describing the ASMG and HCIS, as well as spatial datasets describing each HCIS area could, at the time this instrument was made, be found on the ACMA’s website (http://www.acma.gov.au).

Note 2:       A tool to convert lists of HCIS area descriptions, such as the lists contained in the below table, into Placemark files to allow these areas to be visualised using computer mapping software could, at the time this instrument was made, be found on the ACMA’s website (http://www.acma.gov.au).


Areas with respect to which this spectrum re-allocation declaration applies


Column 1

Named area

Column 2

Areas forming the named area (HCIS Identifiers)



IW3O, IW3P, IW6C, IW6D, IW3J5, IW3J6, IW3J8, IW3J9, IW3K4, IW3K5, IW3K6, IW3K7, IW3K8, IW3K9, IW3L4, IW3L5, IW3L6, IW3L7, IW3L8, IW3L9, IW3N2, IW3N3, IW3N5, IW3N6, IW3N8, IW3N9, IW6B2, IW6B3, IW6B5, IW6B6, IW6B8, IW6B9, IW6F2, IW6F3, IW6F5, IW6F6, IW6G1, IW6G2, IW6G3, IW6G4, IW6G5, IW6G6, IW6H1, IW6H2, IW6H3, IW6H4, IW6H5, IW6H6



NT8K, NT8L, NT9A, NT9B, NT9E, NT9F, NT9I, NT9J, NT9M, NT9N, NU3B, NT5P8, NT5P9, NT6M7, NT6M8, NT6M9, NT6N7, NT6N8, NT6N9, NT6O7, NT6O8, NT8D2, NT8D3, NT8D5, NT8D6, NT8D8, NT8D9, NT8G7, NT8G8, NT8G9, NT8H2, NT8H3, NT8H5, NT8H6, NT8H7, NT8H8, NT8H9, NT8P1, NT8P2, NT8P3, NT8P4, NT8P5, NT8P6, NT9C1, NT9C2, NT9C4, NT9C5, NT9C7, NT9C8, NT9G1, NT9G2, NT9G4, NT9G5, NT9G7, NT9G8, NT9K1, NT9K2, NT9K4, NT9K5, NT9K7, NT9K8, NT9O1, NT9O2, NT9O4, NT9O5, NT9O7, NT9O8, NU3A2, NU3A3, NU3A5, NU3A6, NU3C1, NU3C2, NU3C4, NU3C5, NU3C7, NU3C8, NU3F1, NU3F2, NU3F3, NU3G1, NU3G2



MW4D3, MW4D6, MW4D9, MW4H3, MW4H6, MW4H9, MW4L3, MW5A, MW5B1, MW5B2, MW5B4, MW5B5, MW5B7, MW5B8, MW5E, MW5F1, MW5F2, MW5F4, MW5F5, MW5F7, MW5F8, MW5I1, MW5I2, MW5I3, MW5J1, MW5J2



KX3J, KX3K, KX3L, KX3N, KX3O, KX3P, KX6B, KX6C, KX6D, LX1I, LX1J, LX1M, LX1N, LX4A, LX4B, KX6F1, KX6F2, KX6F3, KX6F4, KX6F5, KX6F6, KX6G1, KX6G2, KX6G3, KX6G4, KX6G5, KX6G6, KX6H1, KX6H2, KX6H3, KX6H4, KX6H5, KX6H6, LX1K1, LX1K4, LX1K7, LX1O1, LX1O4, LX1O7, LX4C1, LX4C4, LX4C7, LX4E1, LX4E2, LX4E3, LX4E4, LX4E5, LX4E6, LX4F1, LX4F2, LX4F3, LX4F4, LX4F5, LX4F6, LX4G1, LX4G4



MV9K, MV9L, MV9O, MV9P, MW3D, NV7C, NV7D, NV7E, NV7F, NV7G, NV7H, NV7I, NV7J, NV7K, NV7L, NV7M, NV7N, NV7O, NV7P, NW1A, NW1B, NW1C, NW1D, MV9D9, MV9G7, MV9G8, MV9G9, MV9H3, MV9H6, MV9H7, MV9H8, MV9H9, MW3C2, MW3C3, MW3C5, MW3C6, MW3C9, NV4N6, NV4N9, NV4O4, NV4O5, NV4O6, NV4O7, NV4O8, NV4O9, NV4P4, NV4P5, NV4P6, NV4P7, NV4P8, NV4P9, NV7A7, NV7A8, NV7A9, NV7B3, NV7B6, NV7B7, NV7B8, NV7B9