AP e–bulletin March 2013 | ACMA

AP e–bulletin March 2013

About AP Update

Welcome to the March 2013 issue of AP Update, the ACMA's e-bulletin for Accredited Persons (APs). AP Update provides regular information about policy developments, changes to technical documentation and other items of interest.

The following topics appear in this issue:

Information about other issues relevant to APs can be found on the radiofrequency spectrum section of the ACMA website.

AP Update has been prepared by the Industry Partnerships Section in the Operations Branch of the ACMA. Your feedback and suggestions for future editions are welcome. Please contact Genevieve Meadowes on (03) 9963 6990 or by email at accreditation@acma.gov.au.

Project Helm update

As part of the ACMA's Project Enterprise to refresh and revitalise ICT infrastructure, Project HELM (Holistic Engineering & Licensing Management) was established to deliver a suite of fully integrated software tools designed to enhance spectrum management. The scope of Project HELM includes spectrum planning, broadcast planning and allocation, frequency assignment, device registration, spectrum auction planning and publishing the Register of Radiocommunications Licences.

No device registrations from 21 March to 2 April 2013

Due to the work required to move spectrum licensing-related data and functions into the new spectrum management system, the ACMA will not be accepting device registrations between 21 March and 2 April 2013.

For further information about this issue, please contact the Radiocommunications Licensing & Telecommunications Deployment team on 1300 850 115 or via email at lais@acma.gov.au.

New device registration system for spectrum licences

As mentioned in the September e-bulletin, the ACMA will be introducing some changes to the process for registering devices for spectrum licences. These changes are because we're moving spectrum licensing into the new spectrum management system.

The new process will provide a system-to-system interface to allow APs to submit device registrations via an XML file signed with an AUSkey certificate. We'll be providing detailed advice to APs shortly on how this process works. We'll also offer assistance to APs to help them implement the new process.

The new system will be available from 3 April 2013; however, the existing process will continue to be supported until the end of May 2013.

Further information on this new process can be obtained by emailing the HELM Project Manager, Gerard Kelly, at gerard.kelly@acma.gov.au.

Inactive APs and withdrawal of accreditation

As part of the annual process of reviewing APs who have been inactive for two years, accreditation has already been withdrawn from 15 APs. APs' activity levels are reviewed each year to help make sure that they have the necessary knowledge and skills to perform the tasks associated with frequency assignment.

The current annual review is taking a bit longer than anticipated. As at November 2012, 20 APs were found to have been inactive over the past two years, and most have submitted reasons why accreditation should not be withdrawn. ACMA officers are currently considering these submissions. A key part of maintaining the integrity of the frequency assignment process is to confirm that all APs have up-to-date technical skills and understand current Australian frequency assignment requirements.

We'll be advising those inactive APs in the near future of our decision on continued accreditation.

Corrections to Radcom data

If you find data that has been incorrectly entered into the ACMA database, please forward all enquiries to radcomdata@acma.gov.au.

400 MHz implementation

Visit our 400 MHz website to stay up-to-date on what's happening with the 400 MHz band or subscribe to our special e-bulletin.

Reminder—two new BOPs released

The ACMA has released two new Business Operating Procedures (BOPs) that APs may need to consider as part of the frequency assignment process. The new BOPs are:

  • Application of the coverage data field on a spectrum access.
  • Procedure for submitting requests for exemption from embargoes.

For further information about the BOPs, please email Geoff Hartwig at geoff.hartwig@acma.gov.au.

Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII)

We're reminding all APs that you must provide evidence of your PI insurance to the ACMA whenever you change or renew your policy. Evidence can be either:

  • a copy of the policy
  • a certificate of currency
  • receipt for payment of the policy.

To ensure we have a copy of your current PII policy, please send details to accreditation@acma.gov.au.

Thanks to the APs who have already supplied a copy of their current policy.

APs can familiarise themselves with insurance requirements by reading Part 4 of the Radiocommunications (Frequency Assignment Certificates) Determination 2003.

New AP licensing and frequency assignment statistics

Monthly AP assignment statistics for 2012–13 financial year

Month

Number of assigned licences processed

Number of AP-assigned licences processed

% of total assigned licences processed

Number of device registrations processed

July 2012

1,083

908

84

2,342

August 2012

1,119

1,005

90

15,575

September 2012

1,374

1,214

88

2,545

October 2012

1,165

902

77

670

November 2012

1,084

900

83

2,000

December 2012

792

643

81

4,910

January 2013

684

499

73

1,964

Monthly AP frequency assignment statistics for 2012–13 financial year

Month

Number of frequency assignments processed

Number of AP frequency assignments processed

% of total frequency assignments processed

July 2012

1,954

1,657

85

August 2012

1,969

1,789

91

September 2012

2,392

2,082

87

October 2012

1,925

1,532

80

November 2012

1,914

1,602

84

December 2012

1,452

1,190

82

January 2013

1,108

894

81

Recent media releases

The following ACMA media releases/latest developments may be of interest:

For more information about major ACMA announcements and news, visit the media releases and latest developments pages on the ACMA website.

Contacts

Useful points of contact within the ACMA for specific queries are:

Changed your details?

We'd like to keep you informed, so make sure you let us know about any changes to your details by emailing them to accreditation@acma.gov.au.

Last updated: 27 August 2018