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ACMA Announces Successful Amateur Outsourcing Candidate

Date : 08 / 02 / 2008
Author : Michael Owen - VK3KI

The WIA has repeatedly expressed its concern that its role as the manager of the amateur examination system had no tenure and therefore it did not have the security to justify its investment in the system.

ACMA’s published it’s Request for Expressions of Interest in providing certain functions for the amateur service, including the management of amateur examinations, the issue of certificates of proficiency and certain administrative functions in relation to call signs on 15 October 2007.

The ACMA Request required all Expressions of Interest to be lodged by 8 November, as was done by the WIA, and the Indicative Timing published by the ACMA in its Request indicated that the successful party lodging an Expression of Interest, as well as the unsuccessful parties, would be advised in December 2007.

In fact, that timetable was extended but at its formal meeting on 7 February 2008 the Authority decided that the Expression of Interest submitted by the WIA met all the criteria it had established, and that it would seek to finalise a contract with the WIA for the supply of the services identified.

The work involved in finalising the contract and the practical implementation of the arrangements may take some time.


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