Spectrum refers to electromagnetic spectrum—the resource that allows us to send wireless signals. Most electronic devices we use today, including smartphones, satellites, tablets, televisions, radio and radars rely on spectrum frequencies to carry information. We advise the Australian Government about how this scarce resource can be managed effectively and efficiently.
Major spectrum allocations allow valuable blocks of spectrum to be allocated, usually via auction, to support the rollout of communications networks.
We lead Australia's engagement on international radiocommunication issues.
This page details the reform of the Radiocommunications Act 1992, and the Spectrum Pricing and Commonwealth Holdings review.
Interference to radio communications
The Australian Government has strict rules in place to try to avoid interference with emergency services communications and for television, radio or phone reception.
5G and EME
Learn about Electromagnetic Energy (EME) from telecommunications and wireless services, including 5G, and how EME is regulated in Australia.