Before the ACMA will agree to file your satellite network with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), we must assess your request against criteria that are intended to ensure that registration will proceed smoothly.
If the proposed operations of your network meet those criteria and the ACMA agrees, we file the request as an Advanced Publication Information (API) with the ITU.
Filing a satellite network
This can be a time consuming and expensive process. Before requesting a filing, you should become familiar with Australian regulations, and contact Satellite Coordination at the ACMA about their requirements. It is unlikely that the ACMA will proceed with a filing request simply on the basis of an application with a cheque enclosed.
As the operator of a proposed satellite network, you must address in detail criteria provided in the "Australian procedures for the coordination and notification of satellite systems" ('manual procedures').
Assessment time and fees
The time needed to conduct an assessment varies according to the complexity of the proposed satellite network. The ACMA charges an upfront amount which is outlined in the Radiocommunications (Charges) Determination 2007. The fee covers the work done by the ACMA.