Modernising Australia’s spectrum framework
Turnbull Government today released a consultation package on reforms to
modernise and simplify Australia’s spectrum management framework.
comprehensive consultation package includes an Exposure Draft of the
Radiocommunications Bill and related consultation papers including broadcasting
spectrum and transitional arrangements. The Government has also released
consultation papers on government spectrum holdings and spectrum pricing.
is essential to today’s digitally-networked economy and is a major contributor
to Australia’s economic and social wellbeing. It is a finite resource that
needs to be managed efficiently. The use of spectrum underpins many aspects of
our daily lives including the use of phones, television, radio and simply
checking the weather. These reforms will simplify the regulatory framework and
support new and innovative technologies and services.
proposed reforms follow the recommendations of the Government’s 2015 Spectrum
the current legislative arrangements with new legislation that removes
prescriptive process and streamlines licensing for a simpler and more flexible
integrate the management of public sector and broadcasting spectrum to improve
the consistency and integrity of the framework; and
spectrum pricing to ensure consistent and transparent arrangements to support
the efficient use of spectrum and secondary markets.
consultation package has been developed in consultation with the Australian
Communication and Media Authority (ACMA) which has prepared supplementary
material to assist stakeholders in better understanding the Exposure Draft.
Department of Communications and the Arts will also be hosting a series of
presentations over the coming weeks to introduce stakeholders to the Bill and
related material. Consultation will run for 6 weeks until 30 June 2017.
Government intends to present a further Exposure Draft to stakeholders for
comment before finalising the legislation for introduction to Parliament. This
subsequent Exposure Draft will be informed by stakeholder feedback from the
full consultation package is available at: https://www.communications.gov.au/what-we-do/spectrum/spectrum-reform
on the package can also be sent to email@example.com