About Australian Amateur Licensing
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)
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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