Ministerial Policy Statement for expiring spectrum licences

The Australian Government has issued a Ministerial Policy Statement to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for the spectrum licences that are due to expire between 2028 and 2032.

Spectrum is a critical and finite resource, and decisions about the future use of spectrum included in the expiring spectrum licence (ESL) process will have long term impacts for the Australian communications sector.

The Ministerial Policy Statement sets out what policies of the Government the ACMA must have regard to in performing its spectrum management functions and exercising its spectrum management powers with respect to the ESLs.

The ESLs span a number of frequency bands and are used for a diverse range of applications, including mobile and fixed wireless broadband, rail safety and communications, and electronic news gathering for broadcast services.  

The Ministerial Policy Statement was informed by consultation with stakeholders, and is specifically targeted at the ESLs currently used for mobile and fixed wireless broadband services.

It sets out five key communications policy objectives that the ACMA must have regard to, including:

•    supporting service continuity for end users, particularly where no alternative service is available;
•    facilitating opportunities for new entrants and use cases, including for low earth orbit satellites;
•    connectivity and investment in regional and remote areas to deliver improved services to end users;
•    promote competition; and
•    capacity for sustained investment and innovation

For information about the ACMA’s proposed approach to manage the expiring spectrum licences and how you can provide views on the current and future uses of these bands visit:

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