AP e-bulletin February 2014 | ACMA

AP e-bulletin February 2014

About AP update

Welcome to the February 2014 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.

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

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.

Remaking the AP Principles and Frequency Assignment Determination—have your say

The ACMA is calling for submissions on its proposal to remake two instruments due to sunset on 1 April 2015:

  • Radiocommunications (Accreditation – Prescribed Certificates) Principles 2003 (AP Principles)
  • Radiocommunications (Frequency Assignment Certificates) Determination 2003 (FAC Determination).

Under the Legislative Instruments Act 2003, regulations and other legislative instruments are automatically repealed after 10 years, unless action is taken to exempt them. This process is referred to as ‘sunsetting’. To preserve the effect of an instrument, it will need to be remade before the sunset date. Sunsetting ensures that legislative instruments are kept up-to-date and only remain in force as long as they are needed (see section 49 of the Act).

Drafts of the proposed new instruments and a consultation paper, which outlines how to make a submission, are now available.

Email Mick Owens with any questions on the consultation process.

Project HELM update

Project HELM is the ongoing redevelopment of our licensing and assigning toolsets. We’ve already made a number of changes to our business, including implementing the new tools for spectrum licensing. Some APs will be familiar with the new ACMA Lodgement Facility (ALF), which facilitates registration of devices associated with spectrum licences.

HELM will help us to improve business processes as we move into the apparatus licensing phase of the project. We recognise that apparatus licensing processes and procedures are vitally important to APs and will be publishing a discussion paper that explains our proposed changes and suggested improvements. These changes may have a flow-on effect to the way you currently do business, so we’re interested in your comments on our approach.

The paper will be published later in February 2014 and we’ll email you when it’s available.

For further information on Project HELM, contact Project Manager Gerard Kelly via email or call (02) 6219 5524.

Frequency Assignment Practice No. 6—oceanographic radars

After considering the comments received in response to the circulated draft, the ACMA has finalised Frequency Assignment Practice No. 6, which deals with the operation of oceanographic radars in the frequency range 3–50 MHz. 

The guideline details arrangements for the coordination and licensing of oceanographic radars as a result of decisions made at the World Radiocommunication Conference 2012 (WRC-12).

Email Geoff Hartwig with any questions about the guideline.

Is your client government or non-government?

We’re working with stakeholders to streamline the process for 400 MHz licensing. For the online submissions that come in on a daily basis, our staff can help APs to ensure accurate information is registered in apparatus licences on the RADCOM database.

A key component of the information in RADCOM is classifying a licensee as either government or non-government. In 2013, the ACMA formalised the classification policy and aligned the 400 MHz plan with it. This policy defines specific band segments as Harmonised Government Spectrum (HGS) for government use and others for either shared or non-government use.

It is important that APs and ACMA assigners categorise licensees accurately. In June this year, the ACMA released Frequency Assignment Practice (FAP) No. 4, to help APs assign HGS. The FAP provides a list of various information sources to determine the classification of a licensee:

  • name
  • function
  • ownership by Commonwealth, state or territory governments
  • status in law
  • registration (ABN/ABR) information.

When completing new assignments for existing licensed clients, the ACMA encourages APs to check the 400MHz online search tool on the Register of Radiocommunications Licences (RRL) to ensure correct classifications are made. This tool displays a variety of licensing, technical and client information. The licensee’s classification can be found in one of the tabs.

Your efforts in ensuring that all information is correct supports the management of one of the most heavily used bands in Australia.

If you have any questions after visiting the resources, contact us on 400mhzimplementation@acma.gov.au or call 1300 850 115.

New and revised RALIs

The ACMA has updated and released a number of RALIs corresponding to work currently underway on television outside broadcast, space research services and the 2.5 GHz spectrum licence.


Television Outside Broadcasting Services in the bands 1980–2110 MHz and
2170–2300 MHz
with effect 4 September 2013

The purpose of this RALI is to provide information on frequency coordination and licensing arrangements for television outside broadcast (TOB) services in the bands 1980‑2110 MHz and 2170‑2300 MHz. Coordination arrangements are only currently specified for TOB services in the bands 1980–2010 MHz and 2170–2200 MHz. The RALI will be expanded in the future to outline coordination and licensing arrangements for the remainder of the band (2010–2110 MHz and 2200–2300 MHz).


Spectrum Embargoes to incorporate updates to Embargo 23 with effect 16 September 2013

Revisions have been made to remove the restriction on TOB services in the bands 1980–2010 MHz and 2170–2200 MHz. TOB services may also be authorised in the 2010–2110 MHz and 2200–2300 MHz bands on a case-by-case basis.

Variation to Embargo 26 and the creation of Embargo 66

Due to the expiration of spectrum licences for the 27.5–28.35 and 31.0–31.3 GHz bands on 31 January 2014, RALI MS03 has been revised to incorporate a variation to Embargo 26 and the creation of a new Embargo 66. Embargo 26 (dealing with spectrum-licensed bands) has been revised to remove reference to these bands. In order to prevent applications for apparatus licences in the 27.5–28.25 GHz band until frequency assignment criteria for the band is finalised, Embargo 66 has been created.

The revised RALI MS03 is available on the ACMA website.


Coordination of 2.5 GHz band spectrum-licensed transmitters with radiodetermination stations operated by the Department of Defence in the 2700–2900 MHz band with effect 23 September 2013

The purpose of this RALI is to define the protection requirements of radiodetermination stations operated by Defence in the 2700–2900 MHz band from spectrum-licensed transmitters operating under the 2.5 GHz spectrum licence.


Coordination of spectrum-licensed devices operating in the 2.3 GHz band with SRS Earth stations in the 2290–2300 MHz with effect 14 October 2013

The purpose of this RALI is to define protection requirements for Earth stations of the space research service (SRS) operating in the band 2290–2300 MHz from transmitters deployed under a 2.3 GHz spectrum licence.

The revised RALIs are now available on the ACMA website.

If you identify any inconsistencies or errors in a RALI, please email Stuart Shepard or call (02) 6219 5233.

Reminder—maintaining skills and knowledge

As well as retaining basic technical skills, it is vital that APs keep their understanding of the ACMA’s frequency assignment requirements up to date..

Failure to do so can lead to errors in assignments and increase the likelihood of interference between services. The onus is on APs to remain active or otherwise demonstrate they can successfully undertake the work for which they are accredited. Please ensure you understand the latest embargos and assignment policies so assignments submitted are correct and complete.

New AP licensing and frequency assignment statistics

Check out the monthly AP assignment statistics for the 2013–14 financial year

Monthly AP-assigned licence statistics for the 2013–14 financial year


Number of
assigned licences processed

Number of
AP assigned licences processed

% of total assigned licences processed

Number of device registrations processed

July 2013





August 2013





September 2013





October 2013





November 2013





December 2013





*Please note: Device registration statistics are not available at this time as a result of the migration of spectrum licensing records to the Spectra system.

Monthly AP frequency assignment statistics for 2013–14 financial year


Number of
frequency assignments processed

 Number of
AP frequency assignments processed

% of total frequency assignments processed

July 2013




August 2013




September 2013




October 2013




November 2013




December 2013




Recent media releases

For more information about major ACMA announcements and news, visit the media releases, media matters or events pages on the ACMA website.


Check out these useful points of contact within the ACMA for your specific queries. 

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: 17 December 2018