The ‘broadcasters by postcode' search facility is based on data collected from Australian Census archives, combined with broadcaster transmitter information collected by the ACMA. Due to inconsistencies in Australian postcode areas (one postcode can span multiple locations), results are indicative only.
For details on specific broadcasters and areas served, you may wish to contact the relevant broadcasters directly. The ACMA provides lists of licensed broadcasters for public use, arranged by area served, metropolitan and regional, within each state, as well as multi-state services.
While the broadcasters search facility currently does not support searching of narrowcasting services in Australia, you can download a list of narrowcasting broadcasters in Australia.
During your search, you will come across some terms which may not be familiar to you. A short list of definitions is given below:
- Licence area name – this is how the ACMA splits up licence areas in Australia.
- Call sign – The ACMA allocates a call sign to each licensed broadcaster in Australia.
- Polarisation – this refers to the polarisation the transmitter broadcasts in. If you have an aerial for your TV, you should set it up either horizontally or vertically, depending on what station you are tuned to.
- On air ID – broadcasters can nominate an on air identification, which can be different from their call sign). For example, the frequency 96.9 in Sydney has the call sign 2SYD, but its on air ID is Nova FM. A list of call signs for radio and television broadcasters can be downloaded from this site.