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Visiting Australia

Visiting & Reciprocal Licensing


All radio amateurs visiting for up to 90 days may operate without making an application or paying a fee, under the Radiocommunications (Overseas Amateurs Visiting Australia) Class Licence 2008. This visiting privilege covers most holiday or business trips. Simply put the VK call area where you are located and then your home callsign. For example VK3/W2ABC. On air you may also hear these being reversed as W2ABC/VK3. You should only operate within the Australian amateur bands that meet the qualification or licence held overseas. Please read the Radiocommunications (Overseas Amateurs Visiting Australia) Class Licence which is downloadable below.

A reciprocal licence is available for many overseas radio amateurs who wish to take out a VK callsign during a stay, or as a result of migration. This is the result of comparative assessments of each country's qualifications and licences, and include a formal reciprocal licensing agreement. That means through the reciprocal agreements an equivalent VK licence is issued. An Australian Certificate of Proficiency is not required or issued. It requires both an ACMA licence application and a WIA Callsign Recommendation Certificate - both have fees.

Application for a reciprocal licence should be made at least three months before travel to Australia. To learn more about the (Overseas Amateurs Visiting Australia) Class Licence that is free, or Reciprocal Licence application and its table of equivalent licences, see files for download below.

Going overseas from Australia

Australian Advanced licensees can operate in the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT), under the HAREC T/R 61-01 Recommendation. This means acceptance in CEPT countries, including those in the European Union without the need for any additional licence. The Advanced licence must be endorsed that it accords with the CEPT requirements. Non-CEPT countries may require an application and associated fees.

Australian holders of Standard and Foundation licences and qualifications going to CEPT and Non-CEPT countries may be able to operate under reciprocal arrangements. When planning a trip overseas and wanting to operate, you should ask the relevant radio administration or the IARU member radio society as the WIA may not have the latest information in other countries

Files For Download

Visiting Amateur Class Licence

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