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Statements of Government Policy and Directions

The Minister for Communications can issue Statements of Policy and Directions (‘Policy Statements’), to guide us in administering the radio licensing regime.

Under the current policy issued in 2016, the Minister directed that new radio licences can't be granted in some frequencies except on a short term basis — for example, up to 6 months. The reserved frequencies were:

  • 174 MHz – 230 MHz
  • 806 MHz – 824 MHz
  • 851 MHz – 869 MHz
  • 2370 MHz – 2395 MHz
  • 5875 MHz – 5925 MHz.

During 2018, the Minister decided to open up some of these reserved frequencies to allow new and long-term licences in the 174 – 184 MHz frequency range and the 800 MHz band. This means the current list of reserved frequencies are now:

  • 184 MHz - 230 MHz
  • 2370 MHz – 2395 MHz
  • 5875 MHz – 5925 MHz

The Minister reserved these frequencies for possible new uses, subject to future government decision. Short-term new licences are permitted for the trial of new technologies, or the operation of specific short term events. Contact an ARE or an ARC if you’re interested in applying for a short-term licence in one of these bands.

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If you already hold a licence in the reserved bands, you can apply for additional licences to maintain coverage of your existing services. If you want to move your service to an alternative frequency in anticipation of any possible future use, contact us. We can help you choose a new frequency.

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The full 2016 Policy Statement is on the Gazette website.