ACMA - Class Licensing
ACMA update on Amateur Class Licensing
In September 2022, we published a consultation paper seeking views on an updated proposed amateur class licence and supporting operational arrangements. The paper also consulted on a proposal for a staged implementation of higher power authorisation.
We also received many responses to our proposals for call sign administration and operational arrangements to support the class licence.
In light of this, we are considering how to best deliver these arrangements under the class licence. This means the class licence will not commence on 1 July 2023 as previously indicated. We will provide an update on the commencement date for the class licence, as well as next steps for qualification and call sign services, later in 2023.
However, ahead of the class licence commencement, we will begin certain arrangements that will provide amateurs with additional accesses and authorisation pathways, as outlined in the 2022 consultation. . In particular, we will:
• Consult on amendments to the Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Amateur Licence) Determination 2015 and the Radiocommunications (Overseas Amateurs Visiting Australia) Class Licence 2015 to give Standard-level amateur licensees access to the 50–52 MHz band, and remove access to the 3.4–3.6 GHz bands for Advanced-level amateur licensees and overseas equivalents within areas re-allocated under the Radiocommunications (Spectrum Re-allocation – 3.4 GHz and 3.7 GHz Bands) Declaration 2022. We plan to release the proposed amendments for consultation in Q2 2023.
• Publish information to assist applicants applying for assigned scientific licences for higher power experimentation uses (from 1 July 2023). This information will help applicants understand what we consider when assessing an application and the type of information that should be supplied to support an application.
We’ll keep you updated on progress.
Page Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 Mar 2023 at 12:46 hours by Peter Clee
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