The Radio Communication spectrum is a natural resource which we rely on, unknowingly, as the medium that supplies our wireless communication needs. It is the efficient and wise use of this spectrum that is the responsibility of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). The ACMA have designated the necessary policies, procedures and band plans for the assignments of frequencies within Australia. These policies and procedures can change and embargoes to previously available spectrum can occur at any time.

Radspec’s Frequency assignment personnel are up-to-date with all the latest developments and changes to policy and understand what these changes mean for you and your application. Many of Radspec’s personnel were previously employed at the ACMA and have an intimate understanding of the policies and, in most cases, the history which evolved into the current policy.

Section 263 of the Radiocommunications Act 1992 (the Act) provides for the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to accredit persons to perform certain activities related to the use of the radiofrequency spectrum. Such activities include frequency coordination and emission level management. Radspec personnel are amongst the first to be accredited under this scheme.

The common frequency assignment categories completed by Radspec on a daily basis include the following:

Radspec maintains an up to date copy of the ACMA RADCOM database. The RADCOM data is processed using specially developed commercial packages, in-house tools and GIS software. Radspec is also fully equipped for electronic lodgement of frequency assignments directly into the ACMA database. This process provides speedy frequency registration, minimizing delays and improving efficiency.

Additional information regarding the commonly used ACMA frequency band plans is available.