Spectrum Management under review

Staff Writer
Joan Warner: CRA CEO

The Federal Government has today outlined proposed changes to improve Australia’s spectrum management framework.

The report, prepared by the Department of Communications, outlines a series of recommended changes to improve Australia’s spectrum management framework.

The report recommends simplifying processes for new and existing spectrum users and increasing opportunities for market-based arrangements, including spectrum sharing and trading, and projects that national benefits could be $177 billion across a 15-year period.


The three main recommendations are:

  • to replace the current legislative arrangements with streamlined legislation that focuses on outcomes rather than process, for a simpler and more flexible framework.
  • to better integrate the management of public sector and broadcasting spectrum to improve the consistency and integrity of the framework.
  • and to review spectrum pricing to ensure consistent and transparent arrangements to support the efficient use of spectrum and secondary markets.

The report also recommends clarifying the roles and responsibilities of the Minister and the ACMA, and providing for transparent and timely spectrum allocation and reallocation processes.

The commercial radio industry today welcomed the release of the spectrum review report. Joan Warner, chief executive officer of Commercial Radio Australia said:

“Commercial Radio Australia is looking thoroughly at the recommendations in the report and consulting with our members.” 

“We welcome the recognition of the role and importance of radio broadcasters and will be fully engaging with the Government during the consultation period.”

You can see the full report here.

Comment Form

Your email address will not be published.

Recent comments (0)
Post new comment


See all