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WIA ACMA Consultation

Date : 24 / 02 / 2021
Author : Lee Moyle - VK3GK

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) have commenced a "Review of non-assigned amateur and outpost regulatory arrangements – consultation 01/2021". In the consultation, the ACMA has stated the objective of the review is:

"to identify the best licensing mechanism that would reduce regulatory burden and minimise costs for licensees, while preserving the current operational utility for licensees. The review is examining whether the existing licensing framework best achieves the objective or whether it could be better met through alternative licensing arrangements"
In undertaking this review, the ACMA has proposed three options for public consideration.
The WIA has reviewed the paper and conducted an analysis of the opportunities and risks each option poses to the operation of the amateur and amateur-satellite services in Australia. The major items for consideration follow:

Option A: keep the existing apparatus licensing arrangements with the same licence conditions
Option B: simplify the current licensing arrangements and licence conditions by amending the Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Amateur Licence) Determination 2015 (Amateur LCD)
Option C: transition to class licensing arrangements for amateur stations operating on common frequencies (non-assigned amateur stations). The operation of amateur beacon and repeater stations (assigned amateur stations) would continue to be authorised under apparatus licensing arrangements, possibly with new arrangements for frequency coordination and assignment.
The WIA board in consultation with the WIA Spectrum Strategy Committee have analysed the proposal, and has carefully considered the opportunities and risks it presents to the amateur service in Australia. We are now presenting our findings to members and the wider amateur service community and are inviting feedback on our findings and recommendations at this time that the WIA can then take into account when formulating our final submission to the ACMA.

To help with the feedback process, the WIA has presented two poll questions for consideration. The poll will be shortly open, and will be open for two weeks. The WIA then intends to publish its findings and will provide information and assistance at that time on ways you can support the WIA's position presented to the regulator.
A copy of the polling paper and preliminary investigations is attached which also outlines the WIA committee position currently.

Your input will be important in shaping our final direction.

Please take the time to read and respond to the poll as your input is important.
Only information from the poll can be used for the WIA submission.

You can register for the poll via the following Link

The Final submissions from the WIA and members need to be provided to the regulator no later than the 2nd of April 2021.

The board looks forward to receiving your feedback. Further news items are planned discussing the findings so keep watching our website and other communications channels for further information and opportunities to ask questions.

Related Files

WIA Poll - Introductory Paper
WIA Poll - Introductory Paper - 1.5 (Final).pdf



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