ACMA release Outpost Stations Class Licence details.
ACMA have released their "Outcome No.2" in respect to Outpost Stations Class Licence.
Lee Moyle - VK3GK
From ACMA: Outcome No.2 (20 April 2022)
On 7 April 2022, we made the
(Outpost Stations) Class Licence 2022. No changes were made to the instrument following consultation.
The class licence is available on the Federal Register of Legislation
The class licence is set to commence on 31 May 2022. From this date, all current and future outpost station users will be able to operate under the class licence as long as they meet the licence conditions.
This applies even if they hold a non-assigned apparatus licence.
Base stations operated by the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) will not be authorised under the class licence.
Under the class licence, outpost station users will not hold individual licences and will not need to pay licence application and renewal fees. The conditions in the class licence are the same as individual licences.
Operators will no longer be given a call sign and will have the flexibility to use any form of station identification. This may include:
- the operator’s name
- SelCall number
- vehicle registration number
- physical location
- a callsign issued previously with an individual licence.
The Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Outpost Licence) Determination 2015 (outpost LCD) will expire on 1 October 2025. Non-assigned outpost licensees may surrender their licences before this time. Licensees may be eligible for a refund upon surrender of their licence.
Because the minimum amount that can be refunded is $30, only licensees with at least 267 days left on their licence, from the date the ACMA accepts the surrender, will be eligible for a refund. You can find more information on our website. Licensees may also continue to operate under their apparatus licence until the outpost LCD expires.
We will continue to issue apparatus licences for Royal Flying Doctor Station outpost stations. Licence conditions set out in the outpost LCD that are specific to RFDS outpost stations will be added to the relevant individual RFDS licence.
We will contact licensees individually to inform them of:
- their options
- how we will transition to the class licensing arrangements for non-assigned stations.
Further reading can be found on the ACMA website: Link
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