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Visiting Australia

Visiting & Reciprocal Licensing

Introduction

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 prefix a home callsign with the VK call area located. For example W2ABC/VK3. You may only operate within the Australian amateur bands that meet the qualification or licence held overseas.

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 this Link

Going overseas from Australia

VK radio amateur licences can be used in the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT), and the qualification (except those issued under reciprocal licence conditions) is endorsed being a Harmonised Amateur Radio Examination Certificate (HAREC).
This means acceptance in CEPT countries, including those in the European Union. Non-CEPT countries may ask for a fee and application. When planning a trip overseas and wanting to operate, ask the relevant administration or IARU member radio society.

The following detail has been supplied by the ACMA.

Class licence

Class licences are open, standing authorities that allow anyone to operate particular radiocommunications equipment provided that the operation and the device comply with the conditions of the class licence. Class licences do not have to be applied for and no licence fees are payable.

Overseas amateurs visiting Australia may operate an amateur station under the Radiocommunications (Overseas Amateurs Visiting Australia) Class Licence 2008 (the Class Licence).

The Class Licence authorises operation for up to 90 days after each entry to Australia. If the operation of the amateur station starts or finishes more than 90 days after the overseas amateur enters Australia, that operation must be authorised by an apparatus licence. For example: If an overseas amateur visits Australia for a period of 91 days he or she may operate an amateur station for the first 90 days under the Class Licence and not operate the amateur station on the 91st day. Alternatively, he or she may apply for an apparatus licence to cover the entire 91 days.

The Class Licence sets out conditions that apply to operation of an amateur station. The Class licence provides for five different levels of operation. Each of these levels corresponds to the qualification or licence held by the overseas amateur.

The level of operation permitted under a particular overseas qualification or licence has been determined following comparative assessments of the qualifications and licences listed in the tables of equivalent qualifications and licences.

The Class Licence applies in Australian territories in the same way it applies to mainland Australia.

If a person operates an amateur station under the Class Licence, the person must meet all the relevant conditions, otherwise the operation of an amateur station is unauthorised and is subject to the offence provisions of the Radiocommunications Act 1992.

Equivalent qualifications and licences

The operating privileges for persons wishing to operate under the Class Licence may be determined by comparison of the qualification or licence held against the qualification or licence listed below in C (i) to C (v).

Example:

1. A person holding a Deutsche Bundepost Class B licence issued in Germany may only operate under the conditions in Division 1 and Division 2 of the Class Licence.
2. A person holding a qualification or licence not listed in any of the tables C (i) to C (v) may only operate under the conditions in Division 1 and Division 6 of the Class Licence.

Over time the qualifications and licensing arrangements in overseas countries may change. If a particular qualification or licence is not mentioned in any of the tables C (i) to C (v), the issuing country should be encouraged to write to the Australian Communications and Media Authority detailing the current licensing arrangements.

Table C (i)

A person holding the qualification or licence listed in Table C (i) may only operate under the conditions in Division 1 and Division 2 of the Class Licence.
Table C (i)


CEPT **
CEPT HAREC *** Level A
CEPT HAREC *** Level B
CEPT HAREC ***
CEPT class 1 licence
CEPT class 2 licence
CEPT licence

Argentina
Licencia de Aficionado, Categoria Superior (Amateur Radio Operator's Licence, Superior Category)

Canada
Advanced Amateur Certificates of Proficiency in Radio
Amateur Certificate of Proficiency in Radio

Denmark
Sendetilladelse Fur Amator Radio Station Kategory A and B
Kategory D and E

Hong Kong
Amateur (Sound) Station Licence

France (including New Caledonia)
Radio Amateur Station Licence Groups D and E
Radio Amateur Station Licence Group C

Germany
Deutsche Bundespost Class B Licence
Deutsche Bundespost Class C Licence

Greece (Hellenic Republic)
Certificate of Category 'A'
Certificate of Category 'B'

India
Amateur Wireless Telegraphy Station Licence

Indonesia
Advanced Level Amateur Station Licence
Intermediate Level Amateur Station Licence

Ireland
Amateur Experimenters Licence

Israel
Radio Amateur Licence Class 'A'
Radio Amateur Licence Class 'B'

Italy
Licenza di Impianto ed Esercizio di Stazione di Radioamatore, Classe 3 (Radio Amateur Station Licence Class 3)
Licenza di Impianto ed Esercizio di Stazione di Radioamatore, Classe 2 (Radio Amateur Station Licence Class 2)

Japan
First Class Amateur Radio Operator Certificate
Second Class Amateur Radio Operator Certificate

Luxembourg
Licenced Amateur (Amateur Radio Operator's Certificate)

Malaysia
Amateur Station Licence*
Amateur Station Licence (no telegraphy qualification)

Malta
City and Guilds of London Radio Amateur's Certificate*
City and Guilds of London Radio Amateur's Certificate (no telegraphy qualification)

Nauru
Amateur Radio Station Licence

Netherlands
Amateurradiozendmachtiging Categorie A (Amateur Radio Licence Class A)
Amateurradiozendmachtiging Categorie B (Class B)
Amateurradiozendmachtiging Categorie C (Class C)

New Zealand
Amateur Operator's Certificate (General) (Grades I and II prior to 14/07/1986)
Amateur Operator's Certificate (Limited) (Grade III prior to 14/07/1986)

Norway
Amateur Station Licence Class A

Papua New Guinea
Amateur Licence
Amateur Licence (Limited)

Philippines
Radio Amateur Station Licence Class A (Advanced Class)
Radio Amateur Station Licence Class B (General Class)
Radio Amateur Station Licence Class C (Novice Class)

Poland****
Amateur Licence Kategoria (Category) Pierwsza(Class A)
Amateur Licence Kategoria (Category) Drugiej (Class B)

Singapore
Amateur Station Licence*
Amateur Station Licence (no telegraphy qualification)

Solomon Islands
Amateur Radio Licence (Unrestricted)
Amateur Radio Licence (Restricted)

South Africa
Amateur Radio Station Licence
Restricted Amateur Licence

Spain
Aficionado Class A
Aficionado Class B

Sweden
Tillstand att inneha och anvanda amatorradiosandare, Klass A and B (Amateur Licence Class A and B)
Tillstand att inneha och anvanda amatorradiosandare, Klass T (Amateur Licence Class T)

Switzerland
Amateur Radio Telegraphist's Certificate (Transmission)
Class A Licence
Class B Licence

United Kingdom
Amateur (Sound) Licence
Amateur (Sound) Licence A
Amateur (Sound) Licence B

United States of America
Original licence granted before 15 April 2000
Amateur Extra Class operator
Advanced Class operator
General Class operator
Technician Plus Class operator
Technician Class operator
Licences granted on or after 15 April 2000
Amateur Extra Class operator
Advanced Class operator
General Class operator
Technician Plus Class operator
Technician Class operator

Vanuatu
Amateur Wireless Station Operator's Certificate

West Indies
Amateur Radio Operator's Certificate Class A and B

Notes :
* Qualified in telegraphy at 12 words per minute.

** European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT). This information appears on the European Radiocommunications website under Documentation/ ERC Recommendations T/R 61-01 and T/R 61-02.

*** Harmonised Amateur Radio Examination Certificate (HAREC)

**** This is a 'de facto' arrangement between Poland and Australia. Polish authorities recognise certificates issued by countries which recognise Polish qualifications, without having concluded a formal agreement.

Table C (ii)

A person holding the qualification or licence listed in Table C (ii) may only operate under the conditions in Division 1 and Division 3 of the Class Licence.

Cayman Islands
Amateur Operator's Certificate Class C

Denmark
Kategory C

France (including New Caledonia)
Radio Amateur Station Licence Group B

Germany
Deutsche Bundespost Class A Licence

Greece (Hellenic Republic)
Certificate of Category 'C'

Indonesia
Preliminary Level Amateur Station Licence

Israel
Radio Amateur Licence Class 'C'

Italy
Licenza di Impianto ed Esercizio di Stazione di Radioamatore, Classe 1 (Radio Amateur Station Licence Class 1)

New Zealand
Amateur Operator's Certificate (Novice)

Papua New Guinea
Novice Licence

Spain
Aficionado Class C

Sri Lanka
Radio Amateur Licence

Sweden
Tillstand att inneha och anvanda amatorradiosandare, Klass C (Amateur Licence Class C)

United States of America
Original licence granted before 15 April 2000
Novice Class operator
Licences granted on or after 15 April 2000
Novice Class operator

Table C (iii)

A person holding the qualification or licence listed in Table C (iii) may only operate under the conditions in Division 1 and Division 4 of the Class Licence.

At present no qualifications or licences are identified under this category.

Table C (iv)

A person holding the qualification or licence listed in Table C (iv) may only operate under the conditions in Division 1 and Division 5 of the Class Licence.

Japan
Third Class (Telegraph Class) Amateur Radio Operator Certificate
Fourth Class (Telephone Class) Amateur Radio Operator Certificate

Table C (v)

Overseas amateurs who possess an overseas amateur qualification or licence other than a qualification or licence listed in Tables C (i) to C (iv) may only operate under the conditions in Division 1 and Division 6 of the Class Licence.

Callsigns

Overseas amateurs visiting Australia must not operate an amateur station unless he or she identifies the station by use of the person's 'home' callsign, followed by the suffix VK to indicate location. Section 11 of the Class Licence provides more information about the use of callsigns.

Further information

Further information about operation under the class licence may be obtained by contacting the Australian Communication and Media Authority at amateurs@acma.gov.au.

Amateur apparatus licence categories

Under ACMA's apparatus licensing system there are three categories of amateur stations. The amateur apparatus licence issued will depend on the qualifications or licence held by the prospective licensee:

 Amateur Advanced;
 Amateur Standard; and
 Amateur Foundation.

Qualifications

Reciprocal licensing
Amateurs from countries with which Australia has reciprocal licensing arrangements can obtain an equivalent Australian amateur licence. An Australian Certificate of Proficiency is not required.

Reciprocal licensing arrangements between countries result from comparative assessments of each country's qualifications and licences, and include the establishment of a formal reciprocal licensing agreement. Table A lists the countries with which Australia has reciprocal licensing arrangements and details the overseas qualifications/licences and their Australian equivalents. Licences issued under these arrangements to authorise operation during one-off short term visits are not normally renewed. Frequent visitors or permanent residents may have their licences renewed.

Other equivalent overseas qualifications
Persons holding overseas qualifications, or a licence that has been recognised by ACMA as being equivalent to an Australian qualification or licence, may be granted the equivalent Australian amateur licence. An Australian Certificate of Proficiency is not required.

Table B lists those countries from which equivalent qualifications or licences have been recognised and details the overseas qualifications/licences and their Australian equivalents.

Licences issued under these arrangements to authorise operation during one-off short term visits are not normally renewed. Frequent visitors or permanent residents may have their licences renewed.

Circumstances where no equivalent overseas qualifications exist
Amateurs holding an overseas class of certificate, or licence, that has not been accepted as having an Australian equivalent, are deemed to hold qualifications equivalent to the qualifications necessary for the issue of an amateur licence authorising an amateur Standard station. In these circumstances, applicants may be issued a conditional amateur licence authorising an amateur Standard station for the duration of the visit. Special conditions also apply to the operation of these stations. These licences will not be renewed.

Callsigns

Visiting overseas amateurs will be allocated an Australian amateur callsign usually associated with the State/Territory in which the licence is obtained. ACMA permits visiting amateurs to use their home station callsign during voice announcements. This is conditional on the visiting amateur using his or her Australian-allocated callsign first in all transmissions. For example, VK*ABC/WA6BY (where *is the State indicator).

Under the Class Licence, Use of callsigns (1) An amateur station must not be operated unless a qualified person operating the station identifies the station by use of the callsign .... followed by the suffix VK.

However the WIA understands that in other areas of the world the portable prefix used by visitors comes before the home callsign. Both seem to identify the station as a visitor and may be acceptable.

VK9 callsigns
VK9 callsigns generally indicate that the amateur station is being operated from an Australian External Territory (for example, Christmas Island and Norfolk Island). Visiting overseas amateurs, who wish to operate from an Australian External Territory, may be issued a licence with the appropriate VK9 callsign. These licences will only be issued for the duration of the stay in the Australian External Territory. It should also be noted that licences with VK9 callsigns, issued to amateurs visiting Australian External Territories, are not renewable.

Special conditions
Visiting overseas amateurs who do not possess 'recognised' qualifications or licences

In circumstances where an Australian amateur licence authorising the operation of a Standard station has been issued on the basis of qualifications or licences not recognised by ACMA, the following special condition will apply. The special condition allows operation only in the 146 - 148 MHz band, using a maximum power of 10 watts and an emission of 16K0F3E.

The special condition states:

'This licence is issued for the duration of the licensee's stay in Australia and permits operation only on the 146 to 148 MHz (2 metre) amateur band with a maximum power of 10 watts.'

Japanese amateur operators who hold a Telegraph or Telephone Class Certificate
Australian amateur licences issued to Japanese amateur operators who hold a telegraph or telephone class certificate will have the following special condition attached. The condition states:

'This licence authorises telephone only operation on amateur bands above 30 MHz employing a maximum power of 10 watts.'

Advisory notes
Australia does not permit amateur licences issued under the arrangements detailed in this document to be used to gain undue consideration from other administrations.

An Advisory Note is therefore attached to all licences issued to overseas amateurs who obtain their licence under arrangements detailed in this document, stating:

'This licence has been issued under visiting amateur arrangements and must not be used to obtain the issue of a licence in another country.'

A second advisory note will be added to licences issued to a client with an overseas postal address. This advisory note states:

'Payment by bank cheque, made payable to the Australian Communications and Media Authority, must be in Australian Dollars ($AUD). The bank cheque obtained must be from a bank that is a 'correspondent' bank with an Australian bank.'

Applying for a licence
In most cases, Australian amateur licences are issued for the period of an overseas amateur's stay in Australia, as noted on the person's visa.

Applications for an apparatus licence should be made to the National Licensing and Allocations Branch, ACMA, Canberra. The following documents need to be provided when applying for a licence (English translations are to be supplied where applicable):

  a copy, certified by a public notary, of the applicant's current licence or certificate of qualifications
  a certified copy of the applicant's passport
  proof of the duration of the visit, such as a visa, or if issued with an Electronic Travel Authority, a certified true copy of a "travel ticket to Australia"
  a completed licence application form entitled Application for Apparatus Licence(s) (R057)
  the current licence fee (in Australian dollars [$AUD])

Applications should be lodged at least three months prior to arrival in Australia. This will allow enough time for the licence to be issued and forwarded prior to arrival.

Note: Visitors from some countries are now issued with an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) instead of a traditional visa. For visitors travelling under an ETA, an amateur licence will only be issued for a maximum of three months from the date of entry into Australia. The date of entry will be either the date stamped on a passport or in the case of people applying by mail, the date printed on the travel ticket to Australia. For further information about ETAs, please visit the information pages of the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs.

It is not ACMA's responsibility to confirm the visa status of overseas applications for amateur apparatus licences.

Fees and charges applicable to amateur stations
Spectrum is a valuable resource. Fees are intended to ensure a fair return to the Commonwealth for the private use of this valuable public resource. Licence fees are set having regard to spectrum location, geographical location, amount of spectrum occupied and coverage area authorised by the licence.

Detailed information about fees is provided in the Radiocommunications Apparatus Licence Fees and Charges booklet.

Further information
Please refer to the following information papers about matters of interest to amateurs operating in Australia:

  Amateur Licence Information Paper;
  Amateur Operator's Certificate of Proficiency;
  Amateur Examinations; and
  Amateur Operating Procedures.

If you have any additional queries relating to these, or any licence types, please contact Licence, Allocations & Information, ACMA, Canberra.

Files For Download

Visiting Amateur Class Licence
RadOvseasAmatVisAustCL_2010.pdf


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