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Amateur Radio Licensing And Callsigns

Apparatus Licences

Operating Guidelines

Visiting Australia

About Australian Amateur Licensing

Background

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is the regulator administering spectrum use through the Radiocommunications Act 1992. Link

The Amateur Service primarily facilitates the hobby radio communications, is for technical experimentation and operates on specified frequency bands. Various transmission methods are used for voice, Morse code, picture, text and data.

By international treaty obligations for the Amateur Service, the ACMA licence is to:
Operated for the purposes of self-training and technical investigation using radio by qualified people who do so solely with a personal aim, without pecuniary interest, on Amateur Service frequencies or bands, and may participate in the Amateur-Satellite Service.

There are five licence types:
  Foundation Licence (base level entry)
  Standard Licence
  Advanced Licence
  Repeater Station (only Advanced Licence holders, and Standard Licence holders within the conditions of a Standard Licence)
  Beacon Station (only Advanced Licence holders, and Standard Licence holders within the conditions of a Standard Licence)

The licences are subject to the Licence Conditions (Amateur Licence) Determination (LCD). Link

Licences are generally for one year, up to five years. The current ACMA licence fee for an initial licence is $78 with a $53 annual licence renewal fee (The ACMA usually revises its fees each year on June 30). Details of fees for multi-year amateur station licences can been found in Table 7.2 of the ACMA 'Apparatus Licence Fee Schedule' Link

Assessments, Certificates of Proficiency & Callsigns

To arrange an Assessment, obtain an Amateur Certificate of Proficiency or Amateur Callsign you will need to contact the Australian Maritime College. The Australian Maritime College website is available via the following Link


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