Radio frequency spectrum is a finite natural resource that is vital to the continued growth of Australia's digital economy. To promote the long-term public interest derived from the use of the spectrum, the Government aims to manage the spectrum in a manner that facilitates the efficient planning, allocation and use of the spectrum.
A key aspect of the Department's work involves working with the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to provide advice to the Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts on key decisions to support the allocation of spectrum for new and changed uses of spectrum, such as making spectrum available to support the rollout of 5G services across Australia.
Major spectrum allocations allow valuable blocks of spectrum to be allocated, usually via auction, to support the rollout of communications networks.
The physical properties of spectrum varies with frequency. This makes different frequency bands suitable for different applications. For example, to optimally deploy 5G networks, mobile network operators will require spectrum across a number of complementary frequency bands. Low (sub 1 GHz) and mid-band (1 to 6 GHz) spectrum will provide broader geographic coverage for 5G technologies while high band (above 6 GHz) will provide for shorter-range, higher capacity services.
Links to more detailed information on upcoming and completed major spectrum allocations are listed below: