- Types of fees
- How fees are charged
- Apparatus licence fee schedule
- Fee schedule changes
- Apparatus licence fee density area maps
- Apparatus licence fee legislation
There are two types of fees applicable to apparatus licences:
- administrative charges to recover the direct costs of spectrum management
- annual licence taxes to recover the indirect costs of spectrum management and provide incentives for efficient spectrum use.
The apparatus licence taxes are calculated based on spectrum location, geographical location, amount of spectrum occupied and coverage area.
The annual licence tax is applied to
- each chargeable spectrum access (with minor exceptions—see Division 6 of the fee schedule) of an assigned licence
- each licence for non-assigned licences.
A spectrum access is the right to use specified radiofrequency spectrum, and requires frequency coordination before issue. Each spectrum access specifies the allowable bandwidth, frequency, geographical site and power of the transmission. All transmit spectrum accesses are chargeable. Receive spectrum accesses are only chargeable if there are no transmit spectrum accesses on the same licence.
Detailed information about fees is provided in the Apparatus licence fee schedule 2013, which is available below.
Apparatus licence holders are charged different fees depending on whether the licence is newly issued or renewed and the licence type. The following table summarises how fees are charged and payment methods available.
|Licence Period||Issue charge/renewal fees||Taxes||Method of payment|
|One year or less||Applicable issue fee for the licence type||Applicable tax for licence type||> Full licence fee is paid up-front at issue of the licence|
|Greater than one year||Applicable taxes for licence type||
> Pay the fee up-front at issue of licence. or
> By annual instalment*
* The licence fee is the same as for a series of one year licences, but is paid in annual instalments. In the case where an apparatus licence holder defaults on one of the annual instalment payments, the licensee is invoiced for the remainder of the licence fees upfront.
Fees are to be paid within 45 days of the date on the notification to the applicant. Where the correct payment does not accompany an application, the ACMA will advise the applicant of the correct amount. If applicants fail to pay the fees by the due date, the ACMA may refuse the application and make the frequency available for other services. The ACMA will advise applicants of their review and appeal rights in relation to any decision to refuse an application.
To calculate the fee for your apparatus licence, go to the Apparatus licence fee calculator.
The ACMA endeavours to notify licensees when their licence renewal fees are due. However the licensee is ultimately responsible for renewing their licence on time.
Individuals and organisations may be eligible for an exemption from or concession on the payment of licence fees. For further details, see Appendix F of the Apparatus licence fee schedule.
Licensees who advise the ACMA in writing that they wish to surrender a licence, are entitled to a pro rata refund of the tax component of the total fee paid for the licence. Amounts less than $30 are not refundable.
The Apparatus licence fee schedule 2013 sets out current fees.
All apparatus licence taxes are adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), to compensate for the effects of inflation.
You can download the full schedule and component sections in MS Word or PDF formats.
|Apparatus Licence Fee Schedule - 5 April 2013||Full schedule||1.1 mb||2.2 mb|
|Apparatus Licence Fee Schedule - Part I||Information about apparatus licence fees||43 kb||71 kb|
|Apparatus Licence Fee Schedule - Part II||Tables detailing licence types and applicable taxes and charges||95 kb||263 kb|
|Apparatus Licence Fee Schedule - Appendix A||Changes to the fee schedule||39 kb||29 kb|
|Apparatus Licence Fee Schedule - Appendix B||Introduction of financial incentives in 400 MHz band||40 kb||45 kb|
|Apparatus Licence Fee Schedule - Appendix C||Licence types and licensing options||48 kb||111 kb|
|Apparatus Licence Fee Schedule - Appendix D||Assigned licence tax formula||45 kb||91 kb|
|Apparatus Licence Fee Schedule - Appendix E||Administrative charges||39 kb||30 kb|
|Apparatus Licence Fee Schedule - Appendix F||Exemptions, concessions and refunds||39 kb||33 kb|
|Apparatus Licence Fee Schedule - Appendix G||Bandwidth definitions and maps||930 kb||1.7 mb|
|Apparatus Licence Fee Schedule - Appendix H||Contact information||38 kb||20 kb|
Adoption of opportunity cost pricing in 400 MHz band (403-520 MHz band)
From 15 August 2012, licences located in the high density areas (Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney) of the 400 MHz band will be subject to the first of the five increases in opportunity cost price. It is proposed that apparatus licence taxes will increase to a new OC price of $199/kHz over a period of five years. More details on the implementation of OC prices in the 400 MHz band are available.
Changes to fees and charges under cost recovery arrangements
New charges for recovering the costs of the ACMA’s products and services came into effect on 1 July 2012. Further details are available in the Radiocommunications (Charges) Determination 2007.
For 2013, the ACMA is applying a CPI adjustment of 1.2% to all licence taxes except for fixed services operating below 960 MHz in remote density areas.
Sydney/Wollongong (283 kb)
Melbourne/Geelong (326 kb)
Brisbane/Gold Coast (295 kb)
Perth (222 kb)
Adelaide (220 kb)
Newcastle (243 kb)
East Australia (348 kb)
Western Australia (323 kb)
Tasmania (290 kb)
Darwin (285 kb)
The following Acts of Parliament and Determinations impact on how the ACMA charges for use of radiofrequency spectrum:
- Radiocommunications Act 1992
- Radiocommunications (Receiver Licence Tax) Act 1983
- Radiocommunications (Receiver Licence Tax) Determination 2003 (No. 2)
- Radiocommunications (Transmitter Licence Tax) Act 1983
- Radiocommunications (Transmitter Licence Tax) Determination 2003 (No. 2)
- Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Apparatus Licence) Determination 2003
- Radiocommunications (Transmitter and Receiver Licences) Determination
- Radiocommunications (Interpretation) Determination 2000
- Radiocommunications Taxes Collection Act 1983
- Radiocommunications Taxes Collection Regulations 1985
- Radiocommunications Taxes Collection (Penalties on Unpaid Tax) Determination 1999
- Radiocommunications (Charges) Determination 2007